Clear Acne From the Inside Out

Acne is not only a problem suffered by teenagers. Many people are plagued their whole lives with constant outbreaks of acne. For many people who have acne, this skin condition affects more than just their appearance. Acne can also have a serious impact on mental health. It can impact on emotions, daily activities, social activities, study/work, and interpersonal relationships. Even mild acne can take a toll on one’s mental health, .


At Gao Acupuncture Center, we specialize in acupuncture and Chinese herbs to clear acne without harmful side effects for all types of acne:







The Chinese medicine sees acne as an external manifestation resulting from an internal imbalance. Excess heat and toxin are the primary components which create imbalance resulting in acne. The general approach is to reduce internal heat by cooling the blood, decreasing toxins, removing stasis, and alleviating sluggish substances (we call it dampness in Chinese medicine) and improving intestinal function where toxins can accumulate. Underlying factors causing acne (stress, PCOS, hormonal imbalance, menstrual cycle ets.) will also be treated accordingly so that the acne does not return in the future.

Meet our Practitioner

Hong Gao L.Ac


Hong Gao ​


MD (in China)

Hong is a 3rd generation acupuncturist and Chinese medicine doctor in her family. After graduating  from a 5 year acupuncture program at  Heilongjiang University of Chinese Medicine in 1991, she worked in the Acupuncture and Chinese medicine department of the 7th Hospital of Harbin for 5 years before she went abroad. She practiced acupuncture and Chinese Medicine in China, Japan, Canada, and USA.  She is nationally licensed in Acupuncture and Chinese Herbology.


Hong helps patients regain vitality with her extensive knowledge passed down from generation to generation. She treats infertility, pain, regulate cycles (hormone and sleep), and balances mood. She loves to help with childhood conditions such as eczema, colic, tummy aches, weak immune system, tics, Tourette syndrome, epilepsy, and teenage’s acne, painful periods and PMS. Gut health, digestive issues, back pain, nephropathy, asthma and allergies are some of her other favorite conditions to treat. She partners with her patients to help them find their best path to wholehearted health based on lifestyle, constitution and goals. She meets her patients on their personal healing journey, integrating simple, easy, and do-able lifestyle shifts for maximum benefit.


  • Acupuncture: National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM)
  • Oriental Medicine: National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM)
  • Clean Needle Technique; Council of Colleges of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine

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