hi there! i am new to here
I am chinese too and had suffered serious acnes since i was 14-16 (now, 10yrs later, i am cleared! just occasionally acne before period.)
when I was 14-16 my situation was severe, the acne was all over my face so i was so desperate to try anything out. from expensive derm dr to DIY stuff, I tried almost everything. I did try chinese med too
I'll say it work for some, and it doesn't work for some.
It really depends on:
- the ability of the chinese doctor
- the situation of your inner body
- the reason of your breakout
When I was 16, I wasn't exactly heal by chinese med. after all trial & error, a Dr gave me Diane 35 pills and I was cleared by that, what i had was like hormone acne. I took the pills for around 3 yrs and stopped that.
BUT - when I grow older, like 24 yrs old or sth, I had break out again - I had Diane 35 again but it didn't work for some reason. I was referred to a chinese dr in a hospital in Hong kong (yes, some chinese dr is actually qualified to be in a government hospital) The chinese dr told that I was too stressed so something went wrong with my liver. So i took the bitter, dark herbal tea for around 20 days and my face start to heal.
To conclude, the right chinese med can balance out your organs (say Liver, Kidney, etc). IMO, you can defo try out what your mom suggested - if you don't see any improvement in one month, you might wish to change to another doctor to find out your reason of break out.
(Side talking: One of my friends had body check and his liver GPT was way too high. He had too much alcohol and fatty stuff. His face had some spots which was caused by the liver minor-multifunction. He start having chinese med for over 6 months and now the liver was cleared & healthy. It is not city myth but really happening
anyhow, finding the right chinese doctor is critical, otherwise it could be "some dust from ground or unknown leaves" indeed :PP )
gosh. very long!@ hope it helps