Meditation and Prayer

Meditation and Prayer are both mental practices where one focuses on their own consciousness and its connection to the larger universe.

Prayer often involves communicating with God or either deities, and most religions have their own unique prayer practices. Meditation is often more focused on looking inward into one’s own consciousness and freeing it from the influences of external forces.

Meditation and Prayer are both common techniques for people with and without acne. However, neither Meditation nor Prayer is widely used on its own as a treatment for acne symptoms.

There is little scientific research on the direct connection between Meditation or Prayer and acne. One possible reason that Meditation or Prayer might help improve acne symptoms is through a reduction in stress. Mental stress is believed to disrupt the balance of the immune system, which could trigger the development of acne.

Although there does not appear to be any hard evidence that Meditation or Prayer is likely to help reduce the frequency or severity of acne breakouts, there also does not appear to be any negative risks associated with these techniques. Thus they can be readily incorporated into all holistic acne treatment regimens.

References

Relaxation, meditation, and hypnosis for skin disorders and procedures. Shenefelt. 2008.
Natural Treatments for Acne. Kroll. 1996.
Complementary therapies for acne vulgaris. Leonard, et al. 2006.
Significance of Serenity Prayer and patient satisfaction. Siegfried. 2014.
Breaking Out: A Woman’s Guide to Coping with Acne at Any Age. Voutier. 2005.

Endurance Training

Endurance Training are exercises designed to increase aerobic performance, as well as cardiovascular and muscular stamina. Common forms of Endurance Training include running, swimming, cycling and cross country skiing.

Endurance Training is a common element of healthy lifestyle changes. Endurance Training is not generally used as a treatment for acne, but it may have a small impact on acne symptoms in some individuals.

Sustained Endurance training triggers a range of physiological adaptations that are beneficial for overall health and wellness. Cardiovascular changes include improved heart performance and blood circulation. Muscle stamina also improves in response to increased mitochondrial capacity, glycogen storage and other metabolic changes.

Endurance Training is often associated with adoption of other healthy lifestyle changes, such as improved dietary choices. Improving overall health and reducing stress can enhance immune function and this may help improve acne symptoms in some individuals.

References

Dermatologic problems of the endurance athlete. Heymann. 2005.
Training-specific changes in cardiac structure and function: a prospective and longitudinal assessment of competitive athletes. Baggish, et al. 2008.
The role of exercise in the rehabilitation of idiopathic inflammatory myopathies. Alexanderson, et al. 2005.
Haemoglobin, blood volume and endurance. Gledhill, et al. 2000.
Acne, sedentary behaviour, malnutrition, and COPD. Rashid. 2014.

Aromatherapy

Aromatherapy is a technique that involves using olfactory stimulation to improve mood, relieve anxiety and support a sense of well-being. Application of Aromatherapy can be done topically, via inhalation or water immersion. Essential oils and other plant extracts, as well as many other naturally occurring compounds can be used in Aromatherapy.

It is unclear whether Aromatherapy can be a useful treatment for acne itself. There has been little scientific research on the relationship between olfactory stimulation, the immune system and the development of acne. However, there is some scientific evidence that Aromatherapy may help alleviate the psychological impact of acne.

Aromatherapy is often used in combination with other Naturopathic treatments. There is very little risk of side effects from Aromatherapy, and it can be combined with most other types of Naturopathic and Pharmaceutical acne treatments. Overall, the benefits of Aromatherapy are unclear, but it may be a valuable component of a holistic acne treatment program for some individuals.

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References

In vitro bioactivities of essential oils used for acne control. Lertsatitthanakorn, et al. 2006.
Aromatherapy in dermatology. Stevensen. 1998.
The clinical impact and cost-effectiveness of essential oils and aromatherapy for the treatment of acne vulgaris: a protocol for a randomized controlled trial. Agnew, et al. 2014.
The Encyclopedia of essential oils: the complete guide to the use of aromatic oils in aromatherapy, herbalism, health, and well being. Lawless. 2013.
Topical and oral complementary and alternative medicine in acne: A consideration of context. Magin, et al. 2012.
Aromatherapy An AZ: The most comprehensive guide to aromatherapy ever published. Davis. 2011.

Acupuncture

Acupuncture is an ancient Chinese treatment that involves putting thin needles into the skin and superficial tissue of a patient.

Acupuncture is an important element of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). Acupuncture is believed to help redirect the flow of Qi (life force energy) through the body in a way that can be helpful for healing, pain relief, stress reduction and more. The existence of Qi is virtually impossible to prove via scientific methods, and there is an ongoing debate about whether Qi actually exists. There are many strong opinions on both sides of the issue.

Acupuncture is commonly used as part of holistic treatment plans for many types of medical conditions, including acne. However, Acupuncture is rarely used by itself as a treatment for acne. There are numerous studies in medical and scientific journals that report treatment regimens which include Acupuncture were effective for improving acne symptoms. But, many of these studies do not have appropriate controls and should not be considered as reliable.

Although the scientific evidence for a positive connection between acne and Acupuncture is weak, it is possible that this treatment may be helpful for some individuals. And it should be noted that some people have reported that their acne symptoms improved after undergoing Acupuncture therapy.

Acupuncture is frequently used employed in holistic pain management, as well as many other ailments. There are several possible reasons why Acupuncture may be helpful for the treatment of acne. The most compelling reason is that Acupuncture therapy can reduce stress levels for many people. Consistently elevated levels of stress can suppress the immune system, which can trigger acne symptoms. Acupuncture is considered safe as long as a new, single use needle is used.

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References

Efficacy of ah shi point acupuncture on acne vulgaris. Son, et al. 2010.
Anti-inflammatory effect of Keigai-rengyo-to extract and acupuncture in male patients with acne vulgaris: a randomized controlled pilot trial. Kim, et al. 2010.
He-Ne laser auricular irradiation plus body acupuncture for treatment of acne vulgaris in 36 cases. Lihong, et al. 2006.
Acupuncture, electrostimulation, and reflex therapy in dermatology. Chen, et al. 2003.
Therapeutic effect observation on treatment of acne with acupuncture plus moving cupping and blood-letting. Wang, et al. 2008.
Evaluation of therapeutic effect and safety for clinical randomized and controlled trials of treatment of acne with acupuncture and moxibustion. Li, et al. 2009.
Treatment of acne with ear acupuncture–a clinical observation of 80 cases. Xu. 1989.
Advances in the acupuncture treatment of acne. Dai. 1997.
Acupuncture in dermatology: an historical perspective. Tan. 2007.
Randomized control study on the treatment of 26 cases of acne conglobata with encircling acupuncture combined with venesection and cupping. Liu, et al. 2008.
Clinical and experimental studies on combination of acupuncture with medicine for treatment of female delayed and persistent acne of different TCM syndrome-types. Lan, et al. 2004.