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2 tips for Malaysians to be free from acne break

Acne break
June 25, 2023

Did you know that acne affects over 85% of Malaysian aged 12 to 24? Recent study also indicates that acne is more common among male adolescents with71.1% boys affected and 64.6% for girls. Acne includes pimple, whitehead, blackhead, and eczema either on face or body. In Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), acne is often related to imbalance of body’s internal organs and disruptions of Qi energy. These includes: 

  1. Excessive heat and toxins in the body, caused by unhealthy diet, emotional stress and environmental factors. 
  1. poor blood circulation, caused by inadequate exercise, sluggish digestion and hormonal imbalance 
  1. Liver imbalance. Liver is closely related with skin health in TCM, and liver imbalance happen due to stress, improper diet, or other emotional factors.  

Acne can be painful and uncomfortable, also can have long-term effects on the appearance and texture of skin if not properly treated. Acne can also affect the self-esteem of an individual whereas they tend to avoid social gathering and activities. Most unfortunate, individual with bad acne may become targets of bullying and teasing. 

Tip 1:

3 acupuncture points to clear acne break

GV 24.5: Located between eyebrows in the point where the bridge of the nose meets the center of the forehead. it stimulates the master endocrine gland which enhances the condition of the skin throughout your entire body

ST2: Located one finger width right below the lower ridge of the eye socket, aligned with the midpoint of the iris in the hollow of the cheek. It is a beneficial point for treating acne and facial blemishes. 

ST3: Located right at the bottom of the cheekbone, below the pupil. It has many benefits such as relieving acne, sallow complexion, facial blemishes, and sagging cheeks. It also helps improve facial circulation. 

Tip 2:

Herbs to help clear acne break

Besides acupuncture massage, TCM often prescribe herbal medicine to cleanse blood, clear heat, and eliminate toxin from the body, popular herbs used in acne treatment include dandelion, burdock root, honeysuckle flower, and red peony root, because these herbs detoxify the body, reduce inflammation and promote clearer skin. In Malaysia, there are several foods easily found that can be incorporated into the diet to reduce acne from the perspective of TCM. Those foods are: 

  1. Turmeric. It has anti-inflammatory properties to reduce blemish and support skin healing.  
  2. Garlic. It has anti-microbial properties that help to combat acne-causing bacteria. 
  3. Papaya. It contains papain enzyme which helps to exfoliate dead skin cells and unclog pores. 
  4. Pineapple. It has bromelain enzyme that helps to reduce swelling and inflammation associated with acne. 
  5. Chinese herbs such as chrysanthemum, wolfberry and licorice root. These herbs have cooling and detoxifying properties. 

Bonus Tip: Habits to be acne free

Besides that, avoid greasy, spicy and overly processed food, as well as reducing sugar and dairy intake to reduce inflammation and prevent acne. When it comes to skincare, TCM emphasizes calming herbal ingredients such as aloe vera to soothe and heal the skin. meanwhile, green tea and chamomile tea is effective to reduce redness and acne. Lastly, meditation, yoga, and deep breathing exercise can help balance the hormone and reduce stress-related acne. Regular exercise is also important to promote healthy blood circulation and body detoxification. 

To conclude, acne is a common skin problem affecting majority of Malaysian people. TCM helps to soothe acne through acupuncture, herbal medicine, diet and lifestyle. By embracing the TCM principles, Malaysian can effectively manage acne and promote healthier skin, plus encourage overall well-being. 

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