Natural Approach to Skincare 2017-12-03T23:54:36+00:00

Natural Skincare; An Inside & Outside Job

Cosmetic acupuncture has a long history in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) of treating skin conditions such as acne, rosacea, and signs of aging. Traditionally, TCM has used face & body acupuncture, herbal medicine, topical application of herbs, moxibustion, gua sha, massage, nutrition, and meditation. The modern practice of cosmetic acupuncture also employs natural skincare products and machines such as microcurrent, ultrasound, and galvanic.

If you are in San Diego we recommend treatments at Cinnabar Acupuncture. This allows us to use all our traditional diagnostic methods such as reading the tongue and pulse and to perform treatments. The following is a typical treatment schedule:

Under 35: single treatment as needed
35-49: a series of 5 treatments, 1-2 times per year
50+: a series of 10 treatments, 1-2 times per year

If you are not local, we offer online consultations (via GoogleHangout or Skype) where we educate of proper skincare regimens, nutrition, and lifestyle to help you achieve healthy, vibrant skin. Simply click on the button titled “online consultation”.

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302 Professional Skincare Products

302 Professional Skincare is a natural product line founded and owned by biochemist Richard Huber. On an expedition to Guatemala, Mr Huber observed a large peasant population living under harsh conditions, with poor nutrition, at a high altitude; the perfect conditions to accelerate aging. The majority were noticeably pre-aged, with the exception of one group who seemed to resist the effects of aging. Mr. Huber noticed that this group ate an avocado porridge every morning. He subsequently discovered that a certain varietal of avocado, when exposed to heat, made the 302 compound bioavailable. Mr. Huber was able to isolate the compound and named it after its molecular weight; significant because of its ability to be absorbed into the skin. Mr. Huber named his entire product line after the avocado molecule, but the active is an ingredient in only 5 of them (4 of which are listed below).

Some general notes about the line: It is available through professionals only and prices may not be listed online. Most products are available in Rx, which means they are completely free of essential oils (important for those with inflamed or sensitive skin). Some products are available in Drops (oil-based) or Serum (lighter, water-based) forms.

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302 Compound

The 302 compound is extracted from organic avocados and has the following benefits:

  • thickens the epidermis (the epidermis weakens with age, chronic inflammation, and excess exfoliation)
  • calms inflammation (excellent for rosacea)
  • softens the skin
  • increases the energy in your skin cells (makes your skin glow)
  • regulates sebaceous activity
  • softens scar tissue

Contraindicated with use of acids and benzoyl peroxide. These ingredients exfoliate while 302 compound builds the epidermis. Used together the skin is asked to do two opposite things at once which can cause inflammation.

302 Professional Skincare

302 Sensitive Drops

302 Sensitive Drops Rx

Calms Inflammation

Ideal for rosacea, sensitive, or acneic skin.
302 Plus Drops

302 Plus Drops/Serum

Stimulating Complex

Ideal for dull, inactive skin. Also contains Vitamin C, rice peptides, and niacinamide.

302 Drops/Serum

Full Strength

Maximum dosage of 302 compound.
Avogen Supplement


Internal Supplement

Daily dose of rejuvenation.

Vitamin A

Vitamin A (retinol, retinoic acid, retinyl palmitate, etc.) is a tricky ingredient that both provides numerous benefits and potential side effects. It requires care and observation in order to come to the right dose for the individual where benefits are maximized while avoiding side effects. Vitamin A is excellent for almost every skin condition except sensitive. Benefits of Vitamin A include:

  • Increase vascularization
  • Increases cell turnover
  • Weeds defective cells
  • Improves skin thickness and resilience
  • Provides visible blemish reduction

Signs of excessive Vitamin A:

  • Dryness
  • Flaking
  • Redness
  • Little red bumps

Contraindicated during pregnancy and breastfeeding.

Vitamin A

302 A-Boost


Gentle & Hydrating

Preferred form for anti-aging and sensitive skin.
302 Clarity


Maximum Dose

Ideal for more severe cases of acne, dark spots (hyperpigmentation), and deep wrinkles. Aso great for spot treatmet of acne and dark spots.
302 Ceramide Serum

Ceramide Serum

Smoothing Complex

Lower doses of Vitamins A & C, combined with powerful rice peptides and ceramides. Ideal for rough or aged skin.

Vitamin C

Vitamin C is a gentle yet powerful antioxidant with many skin benefits, It fits easily into almost any skincare regimen. Vitamin C:

  • Protects against sun damage
  • Thickens the dermis
  • Brightens the skin
  • Regulates pigmentation
  • Stimulates collagen

302 Skincare uses a lipid-based Vitamin C called tetrahexydecyl ascorbate (THDCA) or BV-OSC. It does not oxidize (i.e. turn brown) as L-ascorbic acid does, it has a 5 year shelf-life, and remains active on the skin for 48 hours (meaning you only need apply it every other night).

Vitamin C

302 C-Boost



Lower concentration of Vitamin C ideal for prevention of sun damage.
302 Lightening Drops

Lightening Drops

Maximum Dose

Preferred for treating dark spots (hyperpigmentation), thinning or loose skin, and wrinkles.
302 Plus Drops

302 Plus Drops/Serum

Stimulating Complex

Ideal for dull, inactive skin. Also contains 302 compound, rice peptides, and niacinamide.
302 Ceramide Serum

Ceramide Serum

Smoothing Complex

Lower doses of Vitamins A & C, combined with powerful rice peptides and ceramides. Ideal for rough or aged skin.


Peptides are proteins (chains of amino acids) that have a softening and smoothing effect on the skin. They are a vital component in any antiaging regimen.

Excessive use of peptides can cause temporary tiny white bumps (white heads).


302 Ceramide Serum

Ceramide Serum

Smoothing Complex

Lower doses of Vitamins A & C, combined with powerful rice peptides and ceramides. Ideal for rough or aged skin.
302 Plus Drops

302 Plus Drops/Serum

Stimulatinng Complex

Ideal of dull, inactive skin. Contains Vitamin C, 302 compound, rice peptides, and niacinamide.
302 Eye Firming Serum

Eye Firming Serum

Stimulating Eye Serum

Excellent for dark circles, fine lines. Contains niacinamide and rice peptides.
302 Eye Gel

Eye Gel

Smoothing Eye Gel

Excellent for puffiness and fine lines. Contains rice peptides.

Special Treatment Products

These products address special skin conditions:

302 Treatment Products

302 Revive Rx

Revive Rx

Antibacterial & Anti-Inflammatory Gel

Excellent for any inflammatory condition including acne, rosacea, and shingles lesions. Used to replace benzoyl peroxide.
302 Remedy Rx

Remedy Rx


Zinc oxide ointment used to heal burns, skin eruptions, and irritation. A must for acne and rosacea.
302 Purity


Purell for Your Face

Powerful antibacterial. Use during workouts/yoga/sports to prevent breakouts.
302 Enzyme Mist/Mask

Enzyme Mist/Mask

Gentle Exfoliation

Bromelain enzyme from pineapple acts to gently remove dead skin cells.

Treatment Mask

Calming & Antibacterial

Excellent for acne and rosacea. Contains zinc, calcium, clay, and sulfur.
302 Hydrating Mask

Hydrating Mask


Leave on overnight for deep hydration of dry skin.


302 Skincare cleansers do not contain irritants commonly found in cleansers such as sulfonates, betaines, or phenoxyethanol.

302 Cleansers

302 Sensitive Cleanser

Sensitive Cleanser

Balanced Cleanser

Contains zinc oxide to calm irritation.

302 Cleanser

Hydrating Cleanser

Contains hydrating oils.

Normal/Dry Cleanser

Super Hydrating Cleanser

Contains avocado lipids to soften and hydrate the skin.
302 Face & Body Bar

Face & Body Bar

Antibacterial & Antifungal

Excellent for acne and as a body cleanser.

Sensitive Cleanser Rx

Sensitive Skin

Contains zinc oxide and no hydrating or essential oils. Excellent for rosacea and inflamed acne.
302 Acne Cleanser Rx

Acne Cleanser Rx

Acne Treatment

Contains zinc oxide and sulfur.


302 Moisturizers are noncomedogenic (don’t clog pores) and do not create dependency. Use them as needed to keep your skin balanced.

302 Moisturizers

302 Calming Mist

Calming Mist

Hydrating Mist

Soothing, hydrating toner. Apply prior to serums, moisturizers, and sunscreens. Contains green tea.
302 Moisturizing Drops

Moisturizing Drops

Dewy Glow

Jojoba, refined avocado, and refined coconut oils for the perfect hydrating oil. The Rx version is perfect of raw, irritated skin as in rosacea.
302 Lip Balm

Lip Balm

Lip Hydration

Possibly the best lip balm ever created.
302 Recovery Plus

Recovery Plus

Light Hydration

For normal to oily skin.
302 Recovery Plus Intensive

Recovery Plus; Intensive

Normal to Dry

Lotion absorbs easily leaving a satin finish.

Recovery; Day/Night

Intense Hydration

Thick cream for dry weather and rough skin. Dr. Judith calls it “meat tenderizer” because of its softening effects.
302 Body Treatment Intensive

Body Treatment; Intensive

Body Hydration

Softens and hydrates the body.

Body Butter

Intense Body Lotion

Thicker lotion for hands, feet, and dry skin.

Body Massage Oil

Silky Body Oil

Use after the bath to deeply hydrate the body. Excellent after exfoliation or during/post pregnancy on the abdomen.

Sun Protection

Sunscreens protect against excessive sun exposure that cause premature aging and some skin cancers. However, chemical sunscreens are absorbed into the body where they eventually must be processed by the liver and kidneys, potentially causing toxicity, hormone imbalance, and even contributing to cancer. Mineral sunscreens sit on the surface of the skin and reflect the sun’s rays back. Only choose sunscreens containing zinc oxide and titanium dioxide under active ingredients. Mineral sunscreens do not require you to apply 30 minutes prior to sun exposure as you do not have to wait for a chemical reaction; they work instantly. 302 Skincare sunscreens contain only mineral sunscreens and no other actives or moisturizers making them very safe and versatile.

302 Sun Protection

302 Recovery Minerals

Recovery Minerals: Translucent

SPF 30 Powder

Sheer mineral powder sunscreen. Excellent for acneic and oily skin types.
SPF 30

SPF 30; Tinted

Sunscreen Lotion

Everyday sunscreen lotion.

SPF 50; Tinted

Intense Protection

Thick sunscreen for more prolonged exposure.

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