Acne is a skin condition that occurs when your hair follicles become clogged with oil and dead skin cells. When this occurs, you may develop a pimple or a black head. Acne most commonly appears on your neck, face, chest, back and shoulders.

What causes acne?

Acne occurs when the pores on your skin become blocked with oil, dead skin or bacteria. Hair follicles are connected to sebaceous glands, which secrete an oily substance known as sebum to lubricate your hair and skin. Sebum normally travels up along the hair shafts and then out through the openings of the hair follicles onto the surface of your skin. When your body produces an excess amount of sebum and dead skin cells, the two can build up in the hair follicles and form together as a soft plug, creating an environment where bacteria can thrive. An abundance of oil, dead skin cells clogging pores and bacteria all contribute to the development of pimple

How can CNS alternative approach treat your acne?

Dr. Kim uses the traditional oriental medicine approach to treat a patient with acne. From his perspective, acnes is most often associated with heat and dampness affecting the organs and channels of the lungs, stomach and spleen. In oriental medicine, each organ has specific function and is connected to a channel with the organ. The organ functions and locations of their skin channels may affect acne.

  1. Lung: The lung is in charge of regulating sweat, opening and closing pores.

  2. Stomach: Heat in the area of the stomach can lead to pimples along the stomach channel (Ex:chest and face). Dampness in the stomach area can also lead to oily skin.

  3. Spleen: It is important for digestion. If it is not operating correcting, dampness can accumulate and lead to greasy skin and acne.

Depending on the effected area, treatment may involve acupuncture. However, mild acne can be treated with natural herbal soap and a number of self-care activities at home.