Eastern medicine has used acupuncture for thousands of years to treat a variety of conditions and diseases. But, did you know that acupuncture can also be used for skincare? Unlike other skincare treatments such as Botox, facial acupuncture can be used to improve the overall appearance and health of your facial skin without harmful side effects.
Facial acupuncture utilizes the same fundamental principles of Eastern medicine that are used during standard acupuncture treatments done on the body. Just like a standard acupuncture treatment, acupuncture needles are placed onto pressure points along the paths of your meridian system to encourage the proper flow of Qi, and remove any blockages. However, these needles are placed onto pressure points along your face and neck. If the Qi within the meridian systems located in your head are not circulating correctly, wrinkles can appear. To reduce these wrinkles, facial acupuncture ensures that your Qi is able to freely flow throughout your face, head, and neck.
From the perspective of Western medicine, facial acupuncture works to improve the appearance of skin by activating collagen production and improving blood circulation. When acupuncture needles are placed onto pressure points on your face and neck, they cause microtrauma. The microtrauma then signals your body to go into repair mode and release healing properties, such as collagen which is great for your skin. In addition, these microtraumas also stimulate the circulatory system and increase blood flow in the face. This allows nutrients and oxygen to be delivered to your skin cells. By causing just the right amount of damage, facial acupuncture works to improve the overall look and feel of your skin by signaling your body to release natural healing properties and increasing circulation.
When undergoing facial acupuncture you can expect to have anywhere between a handful to 20 or more acupuncture needles placed on your face and neck. In addition, you may need to undergo several facial acupuncture sessions to reap the benefits long-term, depending on your skin’s current condition and your goals. However, one of the main benefits of facial acupuncture is that it is not as risky as other cosmetic treatments. Unlike botox and fillers, facial acupuncture achieves similar anti-ageing results with minimal, to no side effects.
People often turn to Eastern medicine seeking solutions with fewer side effects than Western medicine, and it is no different when it comes to skincare. If you are looking to rejuvenate the look and feel of your skin without the risk of harmful side effects from more invasive surgeries and procedures, contact us today!