New figures have come out from the American Academy of Dermatology stating that they have seen a large increase of adult acne, roughly 55% of people over the age of 25 have reported having issues in some form. Welcome to the wonderful world of #wrinklesandpimples.
While there is no magic cure-all, I would say there are two definitive camps that have emerged
with pretty different approaches. Neither side thinks much of the other camp but I’m a conciliatory person by nature so perhaps we can mine both sides for some common ground… Eastern medicine, holistic nurturing soul that you are meet Western medicine, your more clinical friend.
If I had to boil down the approaches of the two camps in a reductive way- I’d say Eastern practices tend to view adult acne as an issue of inflammation. It mainly views acne as a symptom of a larger disorder. In Ayurvedic medicine, the practice is based on understanding what a person’s main constitutive element is (i.e. their dosha) and correcting imbalances. Traditional Chinese Medicine has a similar theory about the importance of balance. They also believe in face mapping- i.e. symptoms like acne can reveal an underlying disorder in the body depending one where it occurs on the face. Western Medicine acknowledges that there may be different hormonal imbalances in the body but ultimately controlling acne is about controlling sebum (the body’s natural oil) and the main bacteria related to acne P. Acnes. * Editor’s note: Adult acne related to rosacea is treated differently by Western physicians, although Easter practitioners also consider it an inflammatory response.
Neither side thinks much of the other camp but I’m a conciliatory person by nature so perhaps we can mine both sides for some common ground… Eastern medicine, holistic nurturing soul that you are meet Western medicine, your more clinical friend. Continue reading