Acne and spots are quite normal during puberty as teenagers experience changes is metabolism and their hormones. When spots come out excessively, according to Chinese Medicine the Heat in the Blood and Stomach must be cooled. Medicinal herbal tea made of Jin Yin Hua (Flos Lonicerae), Ju Hua (Flos Chrysanthemi) or Pu Gong Ying (Herba Taraxaci) will clear the Heat in simple cases. In severe cases of acne and spots, a Chinese Medicine practitioner will prescribe medicine made from Huang Qin (Radix Scutellariae), Da Huang (Radix et Rhizoma Rhei) or even Shi Gao (Gypsum Fibrosum). Fresh Sheng Di Huang (Radix Rehmanniae) is also effective.
Patients suffering with these conditions should avoid eating hot and spicy foods, as well as greasy foods as these can exacerbate any Heat or Damp, and risk making the condition worse, or increasing the length of time required for treatment.
Treating Acne and Spots
Chinese medicine can also be used in conjunction with diet, by incorporating medicinal herbs into certain medicinal food recipes. This will work to supplement other treatments.
In China, patent herbal creams can be bought over the counter, unfortunately however, they are not available in Britain. A reasonable substitute is to cleanse the skin with fresh watermelon, which is very cooling. Either watermelon or cucumber is good for the skin and makes a simple, inexpensive but beneficial beauty treatment for acne and spots.
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