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5 Holistic Ways to Treat Acne

From the Show: Mindful Medicine
Summary: Acne is a skin condition affecting 50 million people in the U.S. Can a natural approach be the cure?
Air Date: 7/30/14
Duration: 10
Host: Holly Lucille, ND, RN
Guest Bio: Antonia Balfour, L.Ac
Balfour HeadshotAntonia Balfour, L.Ac., is an acupuncturist and herbalist specializing in the holistic treatment of skin disorders.

She is the co-founder and clinical director of Oasis Palisades, a health and wellness center on the west side of Los Angeles.

Her dermatology practice, Yin Yang Dermatology, focuses on combining the wisdom of Traditional Chinese Medicine with modern research on botanical extracts and exotic oils.

Patients are treated with internal herbal remedies combined with topical creams and salves for a wide variety of skin disorders including acne, psoriasis, eczema, perioral dermatitis and rosacea.
5 Holistic Ways to Treat Acne
Acne is a skin condition affecting 50 million people in the United States.

According to the American Academy of Dermatology, acne is a skin condition consisting of pimples, blackheads and whiteheads that cover your face, neck, upper arms, chest, back or shoulders.

There are numerous over-the-counter and prescription solutions available. But, could a natural approach be the cure?

At some point in your life, you may have that dreaded experience with breakouts. If you're lucky, you might have a pimple every once in a while that usually goes away within a day or two.

However, if you're someone who chronically suffers from acne and have tried all sorts of products and cover-ups, you may be left feeling embarrassed and frustrated that nothing you try helps.

Have you ever tried a holistic approach to healing your acne?

Holistic medicine takes the whole person (mind, body, spirit, emotions) into account when trying to heal a health issue. In the case of acne, many people want to stay away from the strong side effects of the typical prescription medications available.

What are some holistic ways to treat your acne?
  • Tea tree oil
  • Manuka honey
  • Willow Bark
  • Green tea
  • Moroccan rhassoul clay

Depending on where the breakouts are happening on your body, there are several different Chinese herbs mixed with natural topical creams that can help target and eliminate acne on your face, chest or back.

Antonia Balfour, LAc, is a known specialist within the holistic treatment for skin disorders. She joins Dr. Holly to share why going holistic can benefit your health, as well as five holistic ways to treat your acne.