Acne can be a frustrating and persistent skin concern and while conventional treatments and prescriptions can offer relief, many skincare enthusiasts are turning to Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) for a more holistic approach. In this blog, we’ll explore how TCM can be used to address acne, identify the underlying causes of acne from a TCM perspective, and how Karuna Skin products leverage specific TCM-inspired ingredients to deliver clearer, healthier skin in any daily skincare routine.

What is TCM?

Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) is a holistic system of healthcare that has been practiced for thousands of years, focusing on restoring balance and harmony within the body to achieve optimal health and well-being. TCM takes a comprehensive approach to health, considering not only physical symptoms but also emotional and environmental factors.

In recent years, TCM has gained increasing popularity in the world of skincare with its holistic approach offering a unique perspective on skin health - addressing the root causes of various skin concerns beyond just treating surface symptoms.

TCM and the Root of the Problem

Unlike conventional methods that focus on the surface symptoms, TCM delves deeper to identify the underlying imbalances causing acne. These imbalances could be related to:

  • Diet
    • Excessive heat-inducing foods like spicy and fried dishes are believed to contribute to acne in TCM.
  • Stress
    • TCM recognizes the connection between emotional stress and skin health.
  • Organ Imbalances
    • TCM practitioners may diagnose specific organ imbalances, like the liver or spleen, that can contribute to acne.

TCM's Approach to Acne

Based on the identified root cause, TCM practitioners recommend a personalized treatment plan that may include:

  • Herbal Remedies 
    • Specific herbs like dandelion root, burdock root, and licorice root are used to address internal imbalances and reduce inflammation.
  • Acupuncture
    • Stimulating specific acupuncture points can help regulate hormones, improve blood flow, and reduce stress, all of which can benefit acne-prone skin.
  • Dietary Adjustments 
    • TCM emphasizes a balanced diet rich in fruits, vegetables, and whole grains while limiting processed foods and excessive sugar.

Incorporating TCM Into Your Daily Skincare Routine with Karuna

Karuna Skin offers a range of daily skincare products and masking solutions inspired by TCM principles, marrying traditional herbal remedy ingredients with modern skincare science. Taking a straightforward, 3-step approach to clarifying, here’s a quick routine to follow for a clear complexion: 

    This gentle cleanser contains snow mushroom and aloe, known in TCM for their hydrating and soothing properties along with anti-inflammatory ingredients like lavender flower water and rejuvenating red clover

    This nourishing daily serum contains soothing ingredients like green tea and licorice root along with antioxidant-rich goji berry and coffee seed to promote natural healing and defense abilities.
    This ultra-light daily moisturizer contains hydrating watermelon fruit, considered to be a cooling, heat-clearing agent in TCM in addition to inflammation-fighting rose water, vanilla fruit, and ivy leaf.
    This cool-to-the-touch mask uses a detoxifying combination of burdock root and honey to deeply cleanse pores and reduce inflammation, along with soothing aloe vera and chamomile flower to ease irritability. 


    Just Remember:

    • TCM is a holistic approach, and results may vary depending on the individual.
    • For additional, non-topical remedies, consider consulting a qualified TCM practitioner for personalized diagnosis and treatment.
    • Incorporating TCM-inspired ingredients into your daily skincare routine can complement conventional methods and promote overall skin health.

    By understanding the root cause of your acne and exploring TCM's holistic approach, you can achieve clearer, healthier skin with significantly less inflammation and imbalance in a more natural, historically proven way - with Karuna Skin products of course!

    Are any of these ingredients already in your blemish-busting rotation? Let us know below or on Instagram @karunaskin - we love hearing from you!

    Written by Ryan Nelson

    June 07, 2024