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A tip on skin knowledge

As we know from anatomy, just beneath the surface of the skin lie hundreds of tiny glands called sebaceous glands. Their function is to collect and excrete the oily substance called sebum to lubricate the skin and keep it healthy. There are tiny pathways (skin pores) from the sebaceous glands, through the hair follicles, to the skin surface for the sebum to escape. If the pathways are blocked, the sebum will be clogged, and a bacterium called propionibacterium acnes (P. Acnes) will grow inside. The seven functions of the skin: protection, sensation, heat regulation, excretion, secretion, absorption, beauty.

 What is Acne?

Acne is a common skin condition caused by changes in the pilosebaceous units, which are skin structures consisting of a hair follicle and its associated sebaceous gland; these changes occur via androgen stimulation. The term of acne is mostly used for plugged pores such as blackheads and whiteheads, pimples, and deeper cysts that occur on the face, neck, chest, shoulders, and even the upper arms and legs in both men and women.  

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The disease acne is not restricted to any age group, adults in their 20s and even in their 40s can get acne, but it is most common during adolescence, affecting more than 85% of teenagers.

 Causes of Acne

People do not understand why some people get acne while some do not. Based on my clinical experience and knowledge, I believe the occurrence of acne is related to the following factors:

 (A) Allergies

According to my clinical experience, allergies are the major cause of acne.  Acne patients are allergic mostly to many varieties of foods or nutrients, such as eggs, milk, spices, seafood, nuts, sugars, fats, vitamins, starches, fats, iron, zinc, etc. Some patients are allergic to makeups, lotions, shampoos, conditioners or other chemicals. Once the allergens can be identified and treated effectively, then the patient’s acne will clear up.
The pathophysiologic change is that when an allergy occurs, it will results in an inflammatory reaction which lead to swelling of sebaceous follicles, glands, and surrounding tissue.  The swollen tissues will block the skin pores, which block the sebum from escaping. The local blood circulation also decreases when there is swelling, which will in turn reduce the amount of oxygen to the tissue. This makes a good breeding ground for bacteria, which will come and grow in the tissue. The bacterial infections can cause the acne condition to worsen and cause scarring.
Many people believe bacteria infection is one of the causes of acne, in actuality it is secondary to inflammatory reaction caused by allergies. This explains why using antibiotics has only a short time effect or no effect. People should keep in mind that bacteria never infect a normal, healthy skin.
Cumulative result: Although a few patients are allergic to one or two substances, most patients are sensitive to more things; for these patients, symptoms appear as cumulative effects. For example, a person is allergic to substance A 20%, to substance B 30%, and to substance C 10%......, if the person is exposed to one or two of the above allergens, he or she may not have symptoms until the total exposure pushes it over the symptom threshold.  

 (B) Stress:

 Scientists today cannot ignore the fact that emotional stress has a profound influence on the body’s overall physical condition and lead to serious illness. Every individual experiences stress differently and may show a variety of different symptoms, such as headache, tooth pain, stomach pain, neck pain, back pain, shoulder pain, and some individuals have an increased outbreak of acne. What role does emotional stress play in acne’s occurrence is currently unknown. A study in Singapore “observed a statistically significant positive correlation ... between stress level and severity of acne.” Another research indicates that “increased acne severity” is “significantly associated with increased stress levels.”  
 Based on my clinical experience, I believe emotional stress is a contributory factor. From scientific research, we know that stress reaction in the body increases inflammatory response mechanisms. This goes back to the tissue swelling and decreases circulation as explained above. For those who are already suffering from acne or have the tendency to be affected, stress can trigger or worsen their condition.  It is my hypothesis that stress weakens the immune system which may result in more allergies.   

 (C) Body Toxicities

Toxin is one of the causes for acne. Dirty inner body environments can    cause a multitude of problems. When toxicity accumulates in the blood, surrounds the body cells or resides inside the cells, it can lead to the body cells dysfunction.  As body toxicities are eliminated through the skin, they will block the skin pores and at the same time they feed the bacteria that live on the skin, setting the stage for skin conditions such as acne.
Bad breath, body odor, dark face, bloating of the belly, constipation, premature aging, weight gain, low energy level are some of the signs of body toxicity.  
Normally the body eliminates toxicities through the colon, kidney, lungs and skin, so the cleaner the blood is, the less likely that the body’s toxins will need to be eliminated through the skin after being processed in the liver.

(D) Hormone Imbalance

Due to the fact that over 85% of teenagers are affected by acne, people believe hormone imbalance play an important role in acne occurrence. During puberty, male sex hormones called androgens accrue in both genders. Androgens cause the sebaceous glands to get larger and make more sebum, which make it easy for the skin pores to be blocked. One fact is that not all individuals are affected during their puberty, in fact, some people even in their 40s are still affected by acne. In addition, another fact is that the use of hormonal manipulation treatments fails to eliminate acne. Therefore, we have reason to believe that androgens are not the key factors. It is unknown whether or not androgens can increase the body’s sensitivity to allergens, we need more research and clinical trials to understand this. 

(E) Other Contributors to the Symptoms

There are other factors believed to be linked to the occurrence of acne:

1. Family history. The tendency to develop acne runs in families. A research shows family history of acne is associated with an earlier occurrence of acne and an increase in number of retentional acne lesions.

I believe this is because some families genetically tend to be allergic to some substances.
2. Diet. There are studies which have shown that consumption of some foods can cause acne, such as chocolate, milk, and carbohydrates. Actually, I believe the real cause is that those people are allergic to the above foods.
3. Vitamins A and E
“Studies have shown that newly diagnosed acne patients tend to have lower levels of vitamin A circulating in their bloodstream than those who are acne free. In addition people with severe acne tend to have lower blood level of vitamin E.” Again, I believe this is the result of allergies. If people are allergic to some nutrients, their bodies will have a resistance to absorb these nutrients.

 Treatments

Even if acne is not a life threaten condition, early, aggressive, and thorough treatment is advocated to lessen the overall impact to individuals. The reason is that besides scarring, acne also has negative  psychological effects, such as low self-esteem, low self-worth, sadness, anxiety, depression, and according to a study, it can even lead to suicide.    
Conventional medicine has many treatments, however, nothing really works well.  Those treatments include: creams, washes, medications (anti-inflammation, anti-bacterial, hormonal manipulation), and so on.
Treatment for allergies is the best way for acne patients. In our clinic, we use NAET * technique to treat patients’ allergies, balance emotion, and at the same time we use some herbs for body detoxification. Our clinical experience shows that this comprehensive treatments effectively help patients clear up their acne and at the same time improve for their overall health condition.
 
Testimonials:

This is Ms Chen, your patient for the past 2 months. My face is smooth and white now, every day, I look into the mirror, and find my skin is getting better and better, What a feeling! I think this is the most beautiful moment of my life.
As a matter of fact, I used to have a lot of pimples, a lot since I was 13 years old. Before I met Dr Lu, I thought acne if my lifetime “friend,” I would never be able to eliminate it completely. Fortunately, I met Dr.Lu two month ago, his passion and frankness touched me and I decided to try. Two weeks later, I surprisingly found that I felt nothing (no hurt) when I clean my face. Late on, I looked into the mirror every morning. Everyday, I got more excited. All my friends and relatives are astonished by my change. I simply answered  “It’s all because the NEAT  treatment!”
Here I want to share my experience with those who have the same trouble as I did, I wish everyone had a clear and beautiful face.
Lastly, I want to give my most sincere thanks to Dr.Lu, Without you, I wont have such a smooth and clear face, without your encourage to me consistently, I wont get this phenomenal result! Thanks a lot!
                                                                        Sincerely         Daisy
 I came in as a skeptic urged by my mother to try acupuncture as a means of acne treatment. I had severe acne on my face and I was desperately looking for a solution. Little did I know that Dr. Lu was that solution for me. Within a month of treatment my face immediately started to look better, within three months my acne had begun to clear up in large areas, and now my face was completely clear. It looked as good as new, and even better, because now I had a healthy glow and my complexion looked more balanced. Dr. Lu has provided me with every comfort that I needed during my treatment. He is sensitive, encouraging, and extremely well practiced. He tackled multiple issues of health and well being in my specific treatment with attention, precision, and care, resulting in the pleasant surprise that many aches and pains that I didn’t even know I had before were gone immediately afterward. I always left Dr. Lu’s office feeling refreshed and clearheaded and with an extraordinary sense of inner calm. Dr. Lu has provided me with a true healing both inside and out, and far more than I ever expected to receive from acupuncture treatment. I am so grateful to him for curing my acne and helping me to heal, both body and soul.                                                                                                 Jenna
 If you are suffering from acne and it has not respond to conventional treatments, it is time to consider natural techniques. Please contact us to set up an appointment for consultation to discuss our treatment that will work for you.

 

Dr. Zhanping Lu is the Member of NAR Foundation, Zip Cod 75075

About Dr. Lu

Dr. Lu  completed his medical education and training in China. (The Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences and Shandong University Medical College respectively) Over 20 years clinic and research experiences in both medical school and hospital, Dr. Lu learned both West Medicine and Traditional Chinese Medicine including modern medical technology, acupuncture, medicinal herbs, and specializing in neurology. After years practice and accomplishments in China, Dr. Lu was invited as a visiting  professor at the University of South Carolina, School of Medicine in 1991. After excellent achievements in research program funded by NIH and NSF, Dr. Lu decided to become a Doctor of Chiropractic in order to introduce the Traditional Chinese Medicine to the Western culture. Obtained Doctor Degree of Chiropractic from Parker College of Chiropractic, Dr. Lu became a licensed Doctor of Chiropractic and board certified Acupuncturist and began his practice in Dallas Texas since then. Dr. Lu learned NAET and became a NAET Instructor in 2003 and 2014 respectively. In 2007 Dr. Lu was voted the best Acupuncturist in the City of Richardson by Living Magazine. In 2013, Dr. Lu was rated the Best Chiropractor in City of Plano. In 2014 advanced to America's Top Chiropractors specialized in Natural Medicine.

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