Skin Disorders

Center for Acupuncture & Anti-Aging Medicine

Dr. Chianni Lin, DAOM

Acupuncturist & Integrative Medicine Specialist located in Santa Monica, CA

At the Center for Acupuncture & Anti-Aging Medicine in Santa Monica, Dr. Chianni Lin applies the traditional methods of herbal medicine and acupuncture integrated with nutrition and stress management to treat patients who prefer a less invasive treatment approach to addressing skin disorders.

Skin Disorders Q&A

What Are Skin Disorders?

Skin disorders are conditions that affect the skin, which is the body’s largest organ. There are many different types of skin disorders, and they can cause a wide array of symptoms, including rashes, roughness, oily skin, blisters, and spots. These and other symptoms can range in severity from mild to severe. Some common skin disorders include eczema, acne, cold sores, rosacea, and psoriasis.

What Causes Skin Disorders?

Skin disorders can be caused by many different things. Bacterial, viral, and fungal infections, hormonal imbalance, cell dysfunction, and stress can all cause disorders, as can exposure to toxic substances, other irritants, and even overexposure to sunlight. Not properly caring for the skin may also cause some disorders, or it might exacerbate existing disorders. And a few disorders are genetic.

From an Eastern Medicine viewpoint, it is important to assess the patient’s symptoms and then to determine whether it is of internal or external origin, show signs of heat or cold, and is an excess or deficiency condition. Internal imbalances are often reflected on the skin. When skin issues are generated by internal imbalance, the underlying problem or root cause must be addressed to treat the skin disorder appropriately.

How Are Skin Disorders Treated?

The best course of treatment for any particular skin disorder can only be determined after the specific disorder has been diagnosed and the underlying root cause has been determined. In most cases, skin disorders can be effectively treated with herbal medicine, acupuncture, lifestyle changes, topical treatments, rejuvenation treatments, and other noninvasive procedures.

In addition to the extensive use of herbal medicine, Dr. Chianni Lin uses acupuncture to increase the production of endorphins and activate the immune and endocrine systems. For skin disorders, acupuncture points are stimulated along the arms, legs and torso. In addition to herbs and acupuncture, Dr. Lin also often recommends changes in diet and lifestyle as they have a significant impact on the health of our skin and our body overall.