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Can acupuncture help cure acne?

A:  As our factsheet shows

http://www.acupuncture.org.uk/a-to-z-of-conditions/a-to-z-of-conditions/acne.html

the evidence for the use of acupuncture, while limited, is fairly good. In particular there is a systematic review from 2009 which combines the data from several studies which appears to be very positive. As always, though, there is not enough research for us to be able to give an unequivocal recommendation.

That said, acne can present in many areas of the body and to varying degrees of severity, so it is quite difficult to give an all-purpose response like this. Someone who has had the condition for thirty years and tried every medication under the sun is going to be a different proposition from someone who has a small but recent outbreak. In all cases the advice we usually give is that someone visits a BAcC member local to them for a short face to face assessment which many members offer without charge. This will enable them to give you a slightly more balanced view of what might be possible for your specific case.

We often suggest that a prospective patient considers adding Chinese herbal medicine to the mix. There is a considerable amount of anecdotal evidence in the profession that herbal medicine can greatly add to the treatment of skin conditions, possibly because the daily regimen based on the same diagnostics principles adds weight to the treatment. Members of the Register of Chinese Herbal Medicine are very often also members of the BAcC, and members of the Association of Traditional Chinese Medicine often use both modalities as a matter of course, so it may well taking this into account as you look for a practitioner.

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