Acupuncture is as effective as drugs but with less side effects for acne
A systematic review of clinical trials on the effect of acupuncture for acne by Australian and Chinese researchers found that acupuncture is as effective as drugs (isotretinoin, tetracycline, benzamycin, viaminate, erythromycin taken orally, or metronidazole, tretinoin used topically) for acne but with less side effects.
Source: Mansu SSY, et al. (2018) Acupuncture for acne vulgaris: A systematic review and meta-analysis. Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2018:4806734.