Should you try acupuncture for acne?

Can Acupuncture Help Your Skin? It seems a little unorthodox, but if you’re struggling with breakouts like me, you might want to give it a whirl. According to experts, acupuncture might actually help your skin by reducing redness, stimulating collagen, and regulating your hormones. We’ve all heard the basics of acupuncture — it involves needles and something about Chinese medicine, right? Once I started researching acupuncture for acne, I realized there’s a lot that goes into this ancient practice.

First things first — how does acupuncture work? And what is it exactly? Acupuncture is a practice in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) that uses ultra tiny needles to reduce inflammation, easy pain, heal or manage chronic conditions and regulate hormones. While studies disagree on the effectiveness of TCM, acupuncture is widely used — according to one study, 22 percent of Americans have seen an acupuncturist in the last month.

Acupuncture could be the answer to a number of skin troubles, like sagging, dullness, or wrinkles.

To get down to the bottom of how acupuncture could affect skin health, I asked licensed acupuncturist and certified wellness coach Amy Kuretsky to break it down even further.

“When needles are placed in the face, they create tiny micro-traumas to the skin which activates new collagen production in the area,” Kuretsky tells me. If you have cystic acne, no worries — your practitioner won’t go near any active breakouts. Even if you come into the office with actively broken-out acne or eczema and your practitioner can’t treat it directly, the visit can still benefit your skin. By placing tiny needles on specific points throughout the body, the doctor can begin to treat the underlying causes of your breakouts.