Chinese Medicine & Acupuncture for acne

Learn about how we use Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture to treat Acne.

Acne treatments with Acupuncture + Chinese Medicine

With a  huge success rate in treating Acne, Cosmetic Acupuncture Melbourne can help heal your acne long-term, without relying on having to stay on something forever.
Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine for Acne can help you end the frustration of your breakouts and achieve clear, healthy skin without harsh side effects.

Read more about the Types of Acne we treat at Cosmetic Acupuncture Melbourne, and how it works.

Here at CAM, we also use acupuncture to assist with healing and reducing acne scarring.

Acne treatment guidelines and schedule:

It is always nice to know what to expect when starting new treatments. Here is how it works at Cosmetic Acupuncture Melbourne:

Initial Consult

Initial Consult: Your first appointment will be an initial consult with Dr. Vivian Tam, principal Doctor of Chinese Medicine at CAM. You can book an Initial Consult Face to Face or Telehealth, or book an Initial Acne Acupuncture which includes a consult and acupuncture treatment too.

In this consultation, Dr. Vivian will

  • assess and diagnose
  • write up your treatment plan
  • prescribe custom herbal prescription
  • discuss acupuncture plan if applicable.

PLEASE NOTE: Telehealth and Chinese Medicine only (no acupuncture) appointments are also available for those who cannot attend the clinic. This is a very popular and successful way to treat acne, too.

Herbs and / or acupuncture

Acupuncture and/or Herbal Medicine. Book in for acupuncture with any of our highly trained and skilled acupuncturists. Your herbal medicine will be dispensed for you during this appointment.

If you do not require acupuncture, and are only requiring herbal medicine, you can pick up your herbs at the clinic or have them posted out to you.

Review consult

Review consultation: Review consultations with Dr. Vivian Tam are essential to review progress or make any modifications to your herbal or acupuncture treatments based on your response. If you have responded very well, your review might be to discuss how to wean off your herbal medicine.

In summary, a review consultation may be to: re-assess, re-evaluate current plan, modify Chinese Medicine formula.


Wean off: Our acne treatments aim to treat the root cause of acne, and ideally, you will not require to have treatment on an ongoing basis. Once your skin is clear, it should remain clear.

Our treatments with Chinese Medicine and acupuncture work on getting long term results by looking at the skin holistically.

Acne Scarring

Address scarring: This is an extra step if patients want to go on to address their post-acne scarring.

Once the active acne has calmed down, a lot of people are left with acne scarring in the form of pitting, lumps, redness and hyperpigmentation. Facial acupuncture can be used to improve this and to speed up the healing process. Read more about acne scarring here.

Commonly Asked Questions about Acne Treatments

Does it work?
Yes, Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture for acne works very well.

The success in treating hormonal acne, pustules and cystic acne is phenomenal. This is because the root cause of the pimples is addressed so the vicious cycle of breakouts is completely stopped.

We have an over 90% success rate at Cosmetic Acupuncture Melbourne in treating skin that is affected by Acne. All of our patients are thrilled that they have found something that finally works, and is natural too.

What kind of treatment will I have?
Treatment will depend on the Type of Acne the patient presents with as everyone breaks out due to different reasons. Acupuncture for Acne and Chinese Herbal medicine (can be in pill or granule form) are used together is a very powerful combination in achieving clear skin fast, with long-term results.

Acne is usually an external manifestation of a disharmony internally and a thorough assessment of what is actually causing your pimples will be performed in your Initial Consultation with Dr. Vivian Tam and treatment will be targeted to eliminate stubborn acne from the root cause. There are four main patterns that are present in Acne sufferers, and Chinese Medicine aims to balance the disharmonies.


How long does it take to see results?
When using Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine for clearing Acne, results are often very quick.

Patients report changes in skin within 1 – 2 weeks. Inflammation has completely reduced and new breakouts are much more infrequent. Clear skin may be noted within 6 weeks.

Everyone responds differently to treatments and times may vary from patient to patient, however, these reports are what is most commonly seen at Cosmetic Acupuncture Melbourne.

How long do I need to have treatment for? Do I need to stay on it forever?
A treatment plan will be advised to you on your Initial consultation with Dr. Vivian Tam at Cosmetic Acupuncture Melbourne.

As a general rule if you are on Chinese Medicine for your Acne, you will start reducing the dose when your skin has become clear, and slowly come off the herbs.

The aim with Chinese Medicine treatment with Acne is that it is balancing and fixing the root cause of the problem and therefore long term results should be achieved without having to stay on them.

What type of acne do you treat?
Dr. Vivian Tam treats all kinds of Acne.

The most commonly seen acne at Cosmetic Acupuncture Melbourne is:

  • Hormonal acne (associated with periods, or coming off the pill)
  • Pubescent acne (teenage acne)
  • Adult acne
  • Cystic acne
  • Common acne (whiteheads and red bumps) and
  • Acne scarring in the form of pigmentation, bumps and pitting.