just thought i'd say that on and off ive been using 'traditional chinese medicine' from a herbalist. not so sure whats in it the stuff tho. they basically hav a few products, the people in the shop dont't speak much english but they describe the cause of acne as a 'fire' inside you. Stuff like alchohol and spicy food, mayb fizzy drinks stuff like that trigger it off.
They recommend the pills are to be taken with warm water (and basically warm water is a gd idea in general as it clean u out) as in mayb 2/3 boiling from the kettle and the rest tap cold (obv not terribly warm to the extent that it would burn your mouth). They also stress to avoid cold water (as in dont drink it
basically they give me a 2 differnt types of pills, all of which are like tiny balls. There are ones that cleans ur insides out and extinguish 'the fire' (u really feel yourself going to the toilet alot, like number 2s - sorry to sound crude
) and the others are for skin repair. I really believe they work! although they can be a lil expensive.
The just stress they wont if you drink alcohol or indulge in the other thing i mentioned earlier (alcohol and spicy food mostly!)
and if u stick to a course for maybe 2 months - ull b practicularly cleared from acne for the forseeable future!
Ive sufferd from cystic acne at times and truly beleive when i stick to these they work and i see vast improvements, although im usually tempted by alcohol and never make the 2 months or whatever!
go to your local chinese herbalist and enquire!
just thought i would share my experience lol
feel free to ask me and questions!