Pimples can be embarrassing for teenagers and adults alike. The modern treatment of acne requires a holistic approach.

Acne is a very common condition that involves the formation of comedones (“pimples”) in the skin. The known causes of acne in both western medicine and naturopathic medicine are summarized as the “four pillars of acne”: clogged pores, as well as increased oil, bacteria and inflammation. Interestingly, in Ayurveda the very same “pillars” are understood as imbalance of the doshas and so increased kapha and/or increased pitta together with slight increase in vata can lead to the various forms of acne. Significant overlap also exists between the four pillars and the way acne is perceived in traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) which views acne as increased qi and the end result of unbalanced diet, increased heat and invasion by external factors (bacteria, chemicals and such) as well as stasis.

Not surprisingly treatment of acne in all four disciplines can be related to at least one of the four pillars. Read more about acne in western medicine, Ayurveda, TCM and naturopathic medicine.

Medical Perspectives

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Acne is the most common skin disorder in adolescents and is also the most common skin disorder seen in dermatology practice.  A naturopathic approach involves multiple approaches such as diet, nutritional supplements, and diet. 

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