In Oriental Medicine, the skin is an integral part of your organic system, not just an external covering. Skin issues can come from internal or external factors. Internally generated problems are effectively treated with acupuncture and herbal remedies because it treats the underlying internal cause, an imbalance of the organ system showing its problems on the skin. Eczema, psoriasis, hives, bumps, acne and specific rashes or discolourations all have the potential of being internally related. Outside influences may also cause skin issues for which there are many effective and natural topical and internal medicines available that do not have the side-effects of the corticosteroid creams used so frequently.