TCM for Common Skin Problems Singapore

Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), with its holistic approach and deep understanding of the body’s energetic balance, can offer various ways to promote skin health and harmony.

TCM physicians believe skin conditions are closely linked to imbalances in the lung, spleen, and liver systems, which can arise from factors like poor dietary habits and stress, leading to internal weakening of the Qi or Yin. They can also be triggered by other factors, such as the invasion of wind, dampness, and heat pathogens into the body.

At Tang Clinical TCM, our physicians will take the time and effort to identify the underlying cause behind the skin disease and offer natural treatment methods to restore balance to the body, which will correspondingly alleviate any outstanding skin condition symptoms. Let us share the common skin diseases our physicians can help treat effectively.

1. Acne

Acne is a common skin condition many Singaporeans face, with many experiencing breakouts on the skin composed of blackheads, whiteheads, pimples, or deep, painful cysts and nodules. This condition is usually caused by clogged hair follicles and inflammation, and it can darken the skin or leave scars if left untreated.

2. Contact dermatitis

Dermatitis is the inflammation of the skin caused by contact with irritants or allergens. When an individual comes into contact with an allergen, a rash with visible borders will start to form where the skin touches the irritating substance, resulting in the skin becoming itchy, scaly, and raw.

3. Lupus

Lupus is an autoimmune disease with symptoms including fatigue, fever, headaches, and swollen or painful joints. This skin condition usually manifests itself in the form of a warm, red rash that spreads across the cheeks and bridge of the nose like butterfly wings. However, unlike most skin conditions, the scaly, disc-shaped rash that develops does not itch or hurt. These red patches are typically located on the neck, shoulders, forearms, and upper torso and worsen when exposed to sunlight.

4. Rosacea

Rosacea is a chronic skin condition characterised by facial flushing, raised red bumps, skin dryness, and skin sensitivity. Generally, this skin disease only affects the skin on the nose, cheeks, and forehead. It can undergo cycles of fading and relapse, which are usually triggered by alcohol, spicy food, sunlight, or stress.

5. Pemphigus

Pemphigus is a group of rare autoimmune disorders that affect the skin and mucous membranes, leading to the formation of blisters and erosions on the affected areas. These conditions occur when the immune system mistakenly attacks healthy cells that hold the skin layers together, causing a loss of adhesion between the skin cells. As a result, fragile blisters can form, which are susceptible to rupture and can lead to painful, raw areas on the skin and mucous membranes.

There are several types of pemphigus, with the most common ones being pemphigus vulgaris and pemphigus foliaceus. Pemphigus vulgaris typically involves blisters in the mouth, throat, and on the skin, while pemphigus foliaceus primarily affects the skin, often starting with the face and scalp.

6. Vitiligo

Vitiligo is a skin condition characterized by the loss of skin pigment, leading to the development of white patches on various parts of the body. It occurs when melanocytes, the cells responsible for producing the skin pigment melanin, are destroyed or become dysfunctional. As a result, the affected skin areas lose their color, and the condition may progressively spread over time.

7. Allergic Purpura

Allergic purpura, also known as Henoch-Schönlein purpura (HSP), is a rare autoimmune vasculitis condition that primarily affects small blood vessels in the skin, joints, intestines, and kidneys. It is most commonly seen in children but can also affect adults. It is believed to be triggered by an abnormal immune system response, where the immune system mistakenly attacks the blood vessels.

8. Folliculitis

Folliculitis is a common skin condition characterized by the inflammation of hair follicles. Hair follicles are small sacs in the skin from which hair grows. Folliculitis can occur anywhere on the body where hair is present, but it is most commonly seen on the scalp, face, neck, chest, back, buttocks, and thighs.


1. Are there any side effects to the skin treatments provided by Tang Clinical TCM?

Rest assured that our TANGS medicine contains 100% natural herbal ingredients with no known toxicity or adverse side effects to ensure the safety of long-term oral administration.

2. How do I know if I am suitable for the treatment?

Feel free to make an appointment and consult our TCM physicians on your suitability for treatment. We recommend bringing along your previous/current prescriptions and medical records to allow our physicians to make an accurate prognosis.

3. Are treatments suitable for those with chronic diseases like diabetes or high blood pressure?

Those with chronic diseases like diabetes or hypertension can still take our medication with their diabetic or antihypertensive drugs. However, we recommend that individuals regularly check their blood glucose level or blood pressure during treatment. If either drops below the expected levels, please seek the advice of our physicians immediately.

4. Are treatments suitable for children and pregnant women?

Our treatments are suitable for children above 1-year-old. However, they may not be appropriate for pregnant women.