Can Acupuncture Help Acne?

Author: Gabrielle Marks


Yes, acupuncture may help treat acne symptoms. 

More Info: According to a study published in Zhen Ci Yan Jiu, a journal of acupuncture research, acupuncture may help acne by lowering serum IL-6 levels in acne conglobata patients.

In this study, patients suffering from acne conglobata, a highly inflammatory, severe form of acne, were divided into two groups. The first group was treated with acupuncture the second group with oral medication.  The results revealed that 88.5% of those being treated by acupuncture methods experienced positive results. The study concluded that both acupuncture and medication promote the recovery of affected skin. 

Though one study does not conclusively prove that acupuncture is an acne cure all, it reveals a potential holistic approach to treating acne without medications and that more studies are needed.


Works Cited

Zhen Chi Yan Chiu 33.6 (2008): 406-408
"Randomized Control Study on the Treatment of 26 Cases of Acne Conglobata with Encircling Acupuncture Combined with Venesection and Cupping."

Journal of Traditional Chinese Medicine 26.3 (2006): 193-194
. "He-Ne Laser Auricular Irradiation Plus Body Acupuncture for Treatment of Acne Vulgaris in 36 Cases."

Journal of The Royal Society of Medicine 89.6 (1996): 303-311
"Can Acupuncture Have Specific Effects on Health? A Systematic Review of Acupuncture Antiemesis Trials."

Expert Opinion 

Quote:   "Acupuncture for acne has been reported in a review of TCM applications. A recent small study with He-Ne laser auricular irradiation plus body acupuncture for acne vulgaris reported a significant benefit."

Source:   Kotsirilos, Vicki, Luis Vitetta, and Avni Sali. A Guide to Evidence-Based Integrative and Complementary Medicine.
Sydney, N.S.W.: Elsevier Churchill Livingstone ;, 2010. Print.

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