FAQ

Take 2 -3 capsules once daily.

Refrain from consuming alcohol, coffee, and tea. Keep an interval of 2 hours before or after western medication. 

This product is not recommended for pregnant or breastfeeding women. 

Everyone’s acne recovery journey is different. Generally, for simple cystic acne cases, it takes at least 1-3 months of regular intake of the acne capsules to see results. 

Pores on our skin are connected to oil glands through follicles. The oil glands produce sebum that carries dead skin cells through the follicles to the surface of the skin. If excess sebum is produced, it builds up under the skin and follicles get clogged with sebum, dead skin cells, hair, and even bacteria; to form a plug.  As the bacteria multiplies, this causes infection and inflammation around the clogged pore, creating a pimple. 

No, as it may aggravate the condition, increasing inflammation and could lead to a deeper infection.

People with acne problems are advised not to consume ‘heaty’ foods. 

‘Heaty foods’ are usually the foods that can generate Heat or Dampness-Heat in your body and cause symptoms like redness, swelling, heat, pain, and pus formation. 

Example of heaty foods include

  • Alcohol
  • Mutton 
  • Milk 
  • Cheese
  • Curry
  • Chilli
  • Ginger, onion, garlic 
  • Cinnamon, star anise, pepper
  • Leaks, chives
  • Oily foods, deep-fried foods
  • Biscuits, cookies, chips
  • Sugar
  • Sweetened foods/drinks
  • Some fruits such as durian, jackfruit, longan, lychee, rambutan, mango 

 

Besides that, foods which can weaken Spleen and cause Phlegm-Dampness are also to be avoided. Phlegm-Dampness tends to cause nodules and cysts like acne on the face. You can find out more on what other kinds of food to avoid here.  https://pulsetcm.sg/tcm-perspective-how-certain-foods-can-cause-acne/

Some foods with ‘Cooling’ properties, Dampness-removal properties are usually recommended to help reduce acne breakouts. These foods help to clear the Heat and Dampness from our body, and reduce the occurrences of breakouts. Here are some recommended recipes:


Winter Melon Soup

Ingredients:

  • Wintermelon with skin 冬瓜(带皮)500g
  • Chinese barley 中国薏米 60g
  • Dried lotus leaf 荷叶 12g
  • Lean meat 瘦肉250g 

Instructions:

  1. Cut winter melon into big cubes, retaining the skin in the process.
  2. Rinse all the ingredients with water. 
  3. Put the rinsed lotus leaf into a filter bag.
  4. Put all the ingredients into a pot of 1.5 litre water.
  5. Boil with high heat, and reduce to medium-low heat after the soup boils.
  6. Cook for 1 hour. Turn off the heat and season with 1 teaspoon of salt.

 

Honeysuckle White Chrysanthemum Tea

Ingredients:

  • Honeysuckle 金银花 6g
  • White chrysanthemum 杭白菊 6g
  • Tangerine peel 陈皮 6g

Instructions:

  1. Break the tangerine peel into small pieces.
  2. Place all the ingredients into a tea bag.
  3. Pour boiling/hot water into the cup.
  4. Let it steep for 5 minutes.

The forehead reflects mainly the Heart, Small Intestine and the Liver systems. Stress, irritability and the lack of sleep are the main triggers that ignite heart-fire and liver-fire, leading to the formation of acne around the forehead area. 

 

Acne found around the nose area indicates excessive stomach-fire and poor bowel movements in the body. This excessive stomach-fire in the body is usually a result of overconsumption of unhealthy food such as spicy food, deep fried food, processed food and raw cold food. 

 

The upper cheek also belongs to the stomach and acne around this area often manifests together with acne around the nose. The lower cheeks, on the other hand,  belong to the lungs (right) and the liver (left). The respiratory system is closely related to the lung’s health. Hence, acne dominant around the right side of the lower cheek area are often related to respiratory ailments such as sinus and allergies issues. In TCM, the liver governs our emotions and thus, being under a stressful environment can also result in acne breakouts around the left side of the lower cheeks. 

 

Acne found on the cheeks can also be due to poor skincare habits or long hours of wearing face masks. 

 

Lastly, the chin and jawline area belongs to the reproductive system which is governed by the kidney. From a TCM perspective, hormonal imbalance is caused by the deficiency in the kidney and liver system. Therefore, common causes for acne around this area includes stress, menstrual cycle, post-birth control pills, Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) and menopause. 



Source: https://pulsetcm.sg/what-your-acne-is-telling-you-based-on-face-mapping/

  1. Whiteheads (closed plugged pores): These remain under the skin and are small
  2. Blackheads (open plugged pores): Clearly visible, they are black and appear on the surface of the skin
  3. Papules: Small, usually pink bumps on the surface of the skin
  4. Pustules: They are red at their base and have pus at the top, which are papules with pus at their tips
  5. Nodules: They are large, solid, painful pimples that are embedded deep in the skin
  6. Cysts: They are large, painful and filled with pus. Cysts can cause scars.

    Acne usually appears on the face, forehead, shoulders, chest, and upper back.

  1. Refrain from touching your face unnecessarily.
  2. Wash your face twice a day, and keep your face moisturised after washing. Do not over-cleanse your face as it can cause dry skin and worsen existing acne. 
  3. Wash hands frequently, especially before touching your face or applying skincare  and makeup.
  4. Choose non-comedogenic makeup and if you have oily skin, opt for water or gel-based products to reduce the tendency of clogged pores. Remove makeup and cleanse your skin before sleeping.
  5. Manage anxiety and stress, as it can increase production of cortisol and adrenaline, which exacerbate acne.
  6. Do not scratch your skin or burst pimples, as this may push the infection further down or spread throughout your skin, causing more blockages, swelling, redness, and even scarring.
  7. Wash your pillowcase and face towels regularly.
  8. Change your face mask regularly or wash it regularly if it is reusable.
  9. Wash your face after removing  your face mask.

    From TCM’s point of view, acne can be due to a variety or combination of internal disharmony. Ultimately, your face mirrors your internal health. When problems manifest on the skin, it is often signalling a deeper imbalance going on somewhere in the body. Each type of imbalance is reflected in its characteristic symptoms and signs, i.e., shape and appearance of pimples, body areas in which pimples develop.

    As there is “no one size fits all” treatment plan, a consultation with a physician to diagnose your body constitution more accurately would be the best option. Depending on your condition,  a personalised herbal formula and acupuncture treatment will be prescribed to restore healthy skin.

    Click here to learn more about our acne management programme. 

No known side effects. However, should you feel unwell for any reason after consuming, stop medication immediately and consult a doctor or traditional Chinese medicine practitioner.

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