Treating Adult Acne with Facial Acupuncture: What You Need to Know

Breakouts, spots, and scars, oh my!

Thought your acne years were behind you, just to find yourself battling with breakouts in your thirties, forties, or beyond?

It’s not just you. Acne is one of the most common and frustrating skin conditions – even for adults. Studies estimate that up to 85% of women and 15% of men experience acne long into their adult years. Yet, few people find a lasting solution that heals acne naturally.

Here’s the good news: Chinese medicine and facial acupuncture are excellent at getting to the root causes of acne and healing the skin from the inside out.

Ready to put your best face forward? Here we’ll learn the transformative ways we can use facial acupuncture as a natural acne treatment that works.

Natural Acne Treatment: How Chinese Medicine Balances Mind-Body-Skin

Chinese medicine and facial acupuncture treatments take a slightly different approach to healing acne than what you may find on drugstore – or even your dermatologist’s – shelves. Instead of focusing on the outside and the skin itself, we go deeper.

Chinese medicine natural and holistic acne treatments to improve your skin’s condition by first addressing the body’s core needs. We stop fighting against acne and start working with the body instead.

You see, skin conditions like acne are simply the body’s cry for help. Breakouts, redness, and irritation on the outside are how your body communicates that something is off or imbalanced on the inside. By fixing these issues and addressing the body’s internal needs, the skin will naturally improve.

The Hidden Causes of Adult Acne

Chinese medicine offers straightforward and effective strategies for improving skin health and reducing acne, but we must first identify the core causes. While this can be tricky and often requires a bit of detective work, there are a few common culprits that play a role in most cases of adult acne:

Hormone Imbalances

Hormone imbalance is almost always at the root of adult acne. The oil that clogs our pores and leads to acne (called sebum) is created when testosterone or progesterone falls out of balance. This is why acne is so common and aggressive during puberty when our hormones are fluctuating wildly.

But, hormone imbalances can happen later in life, too, especially for women. Regulating hormones is one of the most important aspects of natural acne treatment. Thankfully, this step alone often clears up the skin and improves your overall health.


You’ve heard that chocolate and fried foods can make acne worse, but is it true? Whether certain foods cause acne or not has been a topic of debate among dermatologists and researchers. Still, one thing is clear: gut health and the microbiome play a significant role in our skin’s health and clarity. And, diet can greatly impact the state of our gut.

Foods that stress or weaken our gut bacteria (usually inflammatory foods like sugar, dairy, additives, gluten, and others) can cause digestive, immune, and stress control issues. The result? Toxins don’t get eliminated as well, and then surface on our skin. Our immune system can’t fight infections, and blemishes turn into hot, angry lesions. Our stress rises, hormones get out of balance, and it all shows on our faces.

But don’t worry. While a poor diet can cause a lot of skin issues, a healthy diet (especially one tailored to you) will heal these same skin issues – and the body as a whole.

High-Stress Lifestyle

Chronic stress not only wrecks your mood, ruins your sleep, and puts you on edge – it could also be contributing to your adult acne. Stress is one of the most troubling causes of many of our modern-day health problems for one reason: it can throw a wrench into nearly every system of the body. Stress keeps our sympathetic nervous system turned on, which alters our hormone balance and robs the body of the healing resources it needs to stay healthy.

When it comes to stress and acne, stress increases sebum production, slows tissue healing, and increases inflammation. The result? Stubborn, irritated spots and scars.

Problematic Products

Not all facial products are created equal. Sometimes our skincare woes are exacerbated by the very things we’re using to help. In some cases, facial products are made with comedogenic (pore-clogging) ingredients. In other cases, conventional acne facial cleansers and creams try to solve the problem by addressing just one aspect of the bigger picture: oiliness. As a result, we often end up with too-dry skin. To balance this dryness, the body overproduces oil, and the entire acne cycle starts again.

Facial Acupuncture for Adult Acne: How Does it Work?

Facial acupuncture (also called facial rejuvenation or cosmetic acupuncture) is an acupuncture style that targets the skin and facial muscles to help bring out your inner beauty. Rather than using drugs, surgery, or chemicals to force the skin to “improve,” we’re tapping into the healing potential

So, how does facial acupuncture work for adult acne?

  • Smart Skin Strategy: Surface-Level Healing
    Facial acupuncture needles stimulate the skin and trigger cells to clear away toxins, lay down collagen, and flush the area with healing blood and nutrients.
  • Body Balance: Deep Cellular Healing
    Long-term skin health starts within. While targeting the skin directly, we also use body acupuncture to improve your internal health. This varies widely based on the individual as we all have different root causes of acne. Some of the most common things we work on to improve acne are reducing stress, improving digestion and gut health, and balancing hormones.

Facial Acupuncture Benefits for Adult Acne

This unique, total-body approach to natural acne treatment heals the skin by first restoring the mind and body. Sure, you’ll notice a reduction in acne breakouts, redness, and irritation, but you’ll also experience a whole host of other mind-body benefits.

Here’s what you can look forward to with a dedicated facial acupuncture plan for acne:

Facial Acupuncture Benefits for the Skin

  • Clear skin and fewer breakouts
  • Improved appearance of acne scars or discoloration
  • Natural glow and better circulation and oxygenation
  • Nourished and hydrated skin
  • Reduced fine lines and wrinkles
  • Less redness, dryness, or flaking

Facial Acupuncture Benefits for the Body

  • Improved hormone balance
  • Better quality sleep
  • Improved digestion and metabolism/weight management
  • healthier elimination (no more skin-clogging constipation!)
  • Increased natural energy
  • Less pain, tension, and tightness
  • Enhanced immunity and less frequent allergies or colds
  • Improved circulation

Facial Acupuncture Benefits for the Mind

  • Reduced stress and increased resilience
  • Better mood balance and reduced anxiety/depression
  • Improved sense of wellbeing

Facial Acupuncture for Acne at Wellnest Denver: What to Expect

Ready to put your best face forward?

At Wellnest Denver, we can’t think of anything better than helping people finally feel good in their skin. Here’s what you can expect when you visit the clinic:

A clear plan for clear skin.

Tired of trying every trick in the book to get rid of your acne? Stop searching, take a breath, and leave the strategy to us. The best adult acne treatment is a clear and focused plan. We help identify the root causes of your acne to create a plan that works for you, your skin needs, and your lifestyle. Our targeted treatment plans put you on the fast-track to a more sustainable acne-free life.

Dedicated care and expert treatment.

Garryn Skurulsky, L.Ac is the go-to facial acupuncturist in Denver. She has developed a facial acupuncture system for adult acne that uses a unique blend of time-tested Chinese medicine beauty techniques and modern therapies (like LED light therapy) to help you reveal your naturally beautiful skin.

Strategies for long-lasting clear skin.

You won’t leave Wellnest Denver without some skincare homework. Much of the battle with adult acne can be fought right at home, as long as you have the right guidance and tools for your unique skin. We’ll help you identify your acne triggers, pick the right foods and diet style, invest in the best acne products for your skin, and establish a skincare and self-care routine that nourishes you inside and out.

Side effect-free results.

Unlike invasive treatments, toxic fillers, surgery, chemical peels, medications, and other conventional treatments for adult acne, our facial acupuncture acne treatments are 100% natural. There’s no down-time and no side effects – except maybe an energy boost, improved immune health, and better sleep.

Heal Your Adult Acne and Feel Confident Again at Wellnest Denver

Aside from making your skin irritated, undernourished, and even painful, acne can also have detrimental effects on your confidence and mental health. Thankfully, Chinese medicine and facial acupuncture offer well-rounded, natural acne treatments that heal mind, body, and skin.

Ready to get to the root of your adult acne? Wellnest Denver is here to direct you to the right solution for your skin. Book your facial acupuncture consultation today!

Looking for a Denver acupuncture clinic to help you with all of your general health, mental health, chronic pain, fertility, gynecological, facial acupuncture, or digestive needs?

Contact Wellnest Acupuncture + Holistic Medicine at 720.618.0770 or book an appointment online.

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