Facial acupuncture rejuvenates the skin, this is not imagining, there is research evidence for it.
How do you know your skin is aging?
The skin is the largest organ wrapping around the body protecting us from harsh environment such as sun, wind, pollution and toxins The skin changes with aging. In harsh environment, skin itself can be damaged and age quickly. Also sometimes we don’t look after the skin causing skin damage by doing things like smoking, drinking, poor diet and stress which would accelerate skin aging. How the skin changes with aging? With aging the skin becomes rougher; becomes slack due to loss of elastin and collagen in the skin; becomes more transparent and fragile because of thinning of the surface layer of the skin; becomes easily bruised due to thinning of the blood vessel walls.
Sun exposure accelerates skin aging. UV lights damage elastin and collagen in the skin causing the skin sagging and losing elasticity. Saying out of the sun can prevent skin damage and delay the skin changes. Gravity contributes to skin slack and drooping of the eyebrows and eyelids etc when the skin loses its elasticity. Smoking can damage the skin due to the chemicals in tobacco. Drinking makes the skin dehydrated and damages skin cells. Aging skin wrinkles easily.
Facial acupuncture helps skin repairing and delays aging process and rejuvenate the skin.
Is there any research showing the evidence for it?
Research has shown that facial acupuncture increases skin elasticity
Beauty and skin health are important factors as a part of the quality of life in modern society. Cosmetic acupuncture or cosmetic acupuncture or facial cosmetic acupuncture is the use of acupuncture on the head, face, and neck for cosmetic purposes and has been introduced as an intervention for skin rejuvenation for facial wrinkles, facial muscle tone, and elasticity etc. A recent research studied if facial acupuncture has effects on facial elasticity. In the research five sessions of facial acupuncture were given over three weeks: twice a week for the first two weeks, then once a week for the last week, with three to four days between sessions. The result was measured using the Moire topography criteria after treatment compared with baseline before the treatments. Moire topography is an optical measurement that does not require direct contact and allows high-precision visualization of facial shape in three dimensions. Moire topography is used in studies of many facial conditions facial palsy, zygomatic fractures, facial morphology, and facial plastic surgery and facial elasticity. The result has shown that facial cosmetic acupuncture increases the skin elasticity.
Research has shown that facial acupuncture moisturizes facial skin.
There is a study that exam the effect of facial acupuncture on regulating the water and oil content of the facial skin. Two women (50-year-old participant A, 29-year-old participant B) received five consecutive acupuncture sessions once a week for 1 month. Water content and oil content of the facial skin were measured and compared before and after the first acupuncture session and before and after the five consecutive acupuncture sessions. The results suggest that cosmetic acupuncture increased the water and oil content of facial skin in a female participant whose water content and oil content were lower before receiving acupuncture than those of the mean values of women of the same age.
Research has shown that facial acupuncture reduces wrinkles.
The forehead and the corner of eyes are the common place to get wrinkles. How to get rid of these wrinkles? Facial acupuncture is a good option. It is absolutely natural and no severe side effects. Do you have to see research evidence to show that it is effective to convince you? Here is the publications for it. This is a case report. 8 people (5 female and 3 male and age from 26 to 61) participated the study. Four for the wrinkles on the forehead, two for wrinkles between eye brows and two for crow feet wrinkles. They received 2 acupuncture treatments and the photos were taken three times, before the first treatment, before the second treatment, two to four weeks after the second treatment. The result has shown that the winkle reduction was found in all cases on all types of wrinkles; all participants were very satisfied with the results. The only side effect was mild bruise which went soon after the treatment.
Younghee Yun et al (2013) Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine, Article ID 424313, 5 pages
Donoyama N Acupunct Med 2012;30:152–153.
Hae In Park et al The Acupuncture 2014; 31(2): 165-171.
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Qualified as a medical doctor in Western medicine in China with a Medical degree from Beijing, China and a PhD degree from the UK. Many year research and clinical experiences. This blog is for information only.
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