Does Facial Acupuncture Really Work? Can it treat acne AND make you look 15 years younger?
Acupuncture is a form of Traditional Chinese Medicine and works by the principal of moving and releasing stagnant energy. Evidence suggests that it has been in use in China for at least the last 2000 – 5000 years. The practise has a close association with Taoism, whose religious beliefs centre around body-mind-spirit consciousness. The energy channels or ‘meridians’ which run throughout the entire body have various endings where energy stagnates and by stimulating these points with ultra fine needles, trained specialists release and redirect this energy.
Facial Rejuvenation Acupuncture or Cosmetic Acupuncture, focuses on treating the skin and facial muscles. Its goal is to correct and soften the signs of aging by localised treatment and by examining causes of possible contaminants in a client’s diet. For example, redness can indicate too much sugar or alcohol exists in the diet and a dull, pale face can indicate a blood deficiency.
By using Facial Rejuvenation Acupuncture you can improve dermal contraction and general muscle tone in problem areas such as the cheeks, eyes and neck. This type of acupuncture has been shown to help increases the production of collagen, the elastic-like substance which is the body’s glue, thereby helping the skin to maintain form and help prevent sagging.
Can it help problem areas such as the eyes?
Eye bags are often symptomatic of a sluggish metabolism and acupuncture has been shown to increase metabolism by reworking and releasing stagnant energy. Heavy wrinkles, bags and puffiness have been found to be greatly reduced or even eliminated via these treatments.
Will it help treat skin conditions such as acne?
Acupuncture has been connected with the endocrine system and is thought to help effect the regulation of hormones in the body and more than a few patients have seen problematic skin conditions such as acne, oily skin and facial redness become greatly improved after treatment. This is purported to be because acupuncture helps increase blood flow to the face, although acupuncturists often use facial massage or acupressure to compliment their therapies. Clients will also find many acupuncturists encourage meditation and deep breathing practices and promote the use of essential oils, some of which may be breathed in and others are applied to the skin or introduced to it via steam facials.
What are the effects of Facial Rejuvenation Acupuncture?
This type of treatment has been said to erase as many as 15 years of wear and tear from the facial area and you can expect to see results within a time frame of six weeks, the treatments being weekly. By just three weeks you should start to see fine lines and areas of puffiness start to decrease and soften. Areas that clients have noticed improvement in are: eye bags, sagging jaw line, double chin, drooping eye lids, softening or eliminating dark circles, reducing facial redness and firming skin whilst increasing elasticity.
How much does it cost and how long does it take?
Often consisting of between 6 -12 weekly or biweekly sessions, applicants are then advised to attend monthly sessions to make sure the facial benefits remain constant. You can expect to pay somewhere in the region of £400 / $800 for a series of 10 facial acupuncture treatments.
Is there any evidence to support these claims?
In 1996 a report published in the International Journal of Clinical Acupuncture stated that out of 300 participants in a study regarding facial acupuncture, 90% reported marked effects after completing the full course of treatments.
Haemophiliacs, those with high blood pressure, diabetes, previous plastic surgery, pregnant women, sufferer’s of severe migraines and wearers of pace makers will be unable / advised not to try facial acupuncture.