The 7 Essential Steps To Clear Your Skin!

by Tracey Walker

Alternative Treatment For Skin Conditions - Black Hawk Acupuncture

Symptoms of skin problems come in many different forms. They can be as simple as having a dull, pale skin complexion or as painful and unsightly as psoriasis, eczema, pimples, or acne. According to Chinese Medicine, to heal these skin problems we need to follow some basic principles. Regardless of what type of skin problem you may suffer from, it can be very embarrassing and painful if it pertains to your face. For longstanding face and skin health, we need to use a multi-pronged treatment plan. Quick fixes for pimples and acne should be avoided, especially when it comes to topical lotions and creams that are applied to the skin and face. While they may be simple, they are often times unable to cure skin conditions and improve the health of the skin and face.

In Chinese medicine, the skin is connected to the lungs and large intestine. When skin problems are prevalent and the health of your face becomes an issue, there are seven key factors that should be taken into consideration. A qualified practitioner of Chinese Medicine can guide you through these steps to treat the causes and symptoms of skin problems like eczema, psoriasis, pimples, or acne via digestion.

  1. Eat a Healthy Diet:  In managing skin problems such as pimples and acne, it is important follow a diet that would detoxify the body, avoid greasy foods, and consume fresh veggies and fruits. In order to treat a skin problem, you would also need to determine whether you are more Yin or more Yang. It is important to determine if you are Yin or Yang because it can aid you in knowing not only which foods to eat, but also which foods to avoid. For instance, if you are more Yin than Yang you may need to stay away from foods that can cause dampness or cold as they can contribute to certain facial and skin problems. If you're more Yang, you may want to avoid spicy hot foods as they may add to heat toxins which may already be in your body that can result in pimples or acne.
  2. The gut should be cared for:  In Chinese Medicine, parasitic and leaky gut issues are major contributors to certain skin conditions. This strategy is rarely ever used in Western medicine. Western conventional treatments mostly rely on topical dermal therapies such as steroids, antibiotics, as well as facial and skin creams. Antibiotics kill both harmful and beneficial bacteria which can actually worsen your acne and pimples. When the digestion gets worse, the skin and facial condition worsens as well. This can turn into a vicious cycle that becomes very frustrating. Therefore, enhancing your digestion is a very important factor if you want to improve the health of your skin and properly treat acne, pimples, and other dermal conditions.
  3. Good Breathing:   Deep and slow breathing improves the flow of lymph and blood, increases oxygen in the blood, and aids in detoxifying the skin, face, and body. This can aid in reducing the symptoms of eczema, psoriasis, pimples, and acne. Yoga breathing, qi gong, and tai chi are all ideal ways to help detoxify harmful materials from the skin, boost blood flow to the skin, and get pimples and acne all cleared up.
  4. Clear Heat Toxins:   There are different forms of heat in Chinese Medicine. These include damp heat, heat within the blood, heat within the lungs or stomach, and heat within the liver. Various types of heat can lead to a variety of facial and skin conditions.
  5. Liberate Long Held Distress or Trauma:  Parts of the body where accidents have occurred may be weakened in comparison to the rest of the body and therefore be more vulnerable to skin problems. In Chinese Medicine, any part of emotional distress or trauma produces a condition called "stagnation" and can bring about heat toxins within the blood. This may result in skin conditions like eczema, pimples, psoriasis, and acne.
  6. Emotions:   Suppressed and long held emotions just like old trauma can generate or build heat. Therefore it is important de-stress yourself whenever you can in order lower the risk of pimples and acne on your face and skin.
  7. Do Not Use Skin Products That Are Toxic: Besides contributing to heat toxins within your body and skin, these products can also cause pimples and acne on the skin. Beware when using alleged organic skin products as they may contain preservatives and petrochemicals within them that inflame your skin surface and can penetrate the skin into your body. Avoid products containing Vaseline and propyl or methyl parabens and skin creams that contain a petroleum base.

If you are suffering from skin conditions and can’t seem to find a treatment that works, contact your local Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine practitioner. By applying these 7 steps in your daily routine, you can determine the cause of your skin condition and treat it at the source.



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