Chinese Medical approaches are excellent at alleviating skin symptoms and ailments such as Acne, Cystic acne, Eczema, and Psoriasis.

As an Oriental Medical Physician, I commonly hear my patients saying the following, “I have tried everything, every wash, every prescription, every natural remedy – and still my skin will not clear up.” And it is frustrating for them, understandably so. But it is because their condition has been viewed from a certain perspective (external perspective) – and so no matter what you use, because you are still viewing with the same external lens, the approach to the problem remains the same, even if the wash or drug is different.

Let’s change the approach. Let’s look at this the Chinese way, inside–>out.

If you read the previous blog on “How to remove wrinkles from the face naturally”, you will know already that there are 3 core reasons our skin develops a problem and 2 main organ sources that inspire this problem when their energies are blocked:

LUNG: Responsible for the upward and outward movement of Qi, our skin is said to be the 3rd Lung. Whenever there is a skin issue, the Lungs are always treated. Acne manifests on face.

STOMACH: Responsible for the efficient burning and churning of food. When we overwhelm the Stomach with heavy, cloying foods – as a bi-product of IN-efficiency it produces a “dampness” that lingers in our systems. Acne manifests on face and chest.

  1. Poor circulation (the skin needs blood/fluid nourishment)
  2. Energy/Channel stagnation (the skin needs Vitality/Source/God/Qi nourishment)
  3. A membranous fluid imbalance causing an extreme temperature shift (usually due to nutritional reactions, physical and emotional stress, or both – this is poetically known in Chinese Medicine as the “Heat Evil / Internal Dampness syndrome”)


The biggest reasons behind #’s 1,2 & 3 are emotional, psychological and physical stresses that create a downward vicious cycle that looks something like this: Stress occurs, our minds interpret that stress, our brains respond to what the mind has interpreted by way of releasing constituents for the body to physiologically respond/react to that stress. So what we see are food cravings or loss of appetite, we see deregulation of hormones, we see a reach for chemical assistance (pharm/rec drugs, foods, alcohol, tobacco), we see muscular tension and physical injury, we see over/under exercising, we essentially see the body go into a spiral of trying to keep itself in balance while it believes it is under duress. Certainly, our skin is not the only thing that suffers – long term (without healthy tools to handle stress) our systems suffer and inevitably manifest serious diseases.

Under stress we no longer breath properly, our rhythms are off, the breathing is shallow; Under stress we do not digest our foods properly; Under stress we do not think properly (perpetuating testing or interview anxieties); Under stress our hormones are irregular due to cortisol circulating within our systems….the cycle goes on and on. So where do we break this cycle?


No matter where we start, we break this cycle. If you can start paying attention to your breathing, great; if you can start regulating exercise, great; if you can supplement your stress with proper nutrition, great. If you can alleviate your body tension through massage therapy, acupuncture, chiropractic, exercise, gardening, talking to friends, stretching, whatever works for you, great.

In the meantime, your skin suffers.

While you work to stabilize your internal reaction to environmental stressors, you can commit to alleviating skin eruptions on your face, neck, back and chest by treating your external environment (your skin).

The Alchemist Collection has developed, The Acne Serum, an all-natural, chemical free daily treatment rich in omegas 3,6,9 and vitamins A, B, C, E that has been formulated with powerful herbs that regenerate damaged skin cells that have caused acne scarring, contains anti-inflammatory, anti-microbial and antioxidant properties and seamlessly regulates circulation to encourage proper skin nourishment. The Acne serum works to prevent deep, painful, cystic acne from occurring anywhere on the body, rescues skin from acne scars and assists in quickly alleviating current pimple and cystic acne outbreaks. Daily use will retrain the reactive skin areas to remain calm under duress while you make adjustments in your life as you see fit.