For any beauty conscious individual, it seems to be one of the most ubiquitous goals in modern life – the search for perfect skin. Billions of dollars are spent every year on research into creating those products, products which promise to remove some of the accumulated years from your face. Though primarily a female obsession, in recent years, the amount of cosmetics sold to men has skyrocketed, as the beauty obsession jumps the gender divide.
This obsession has seen the search for effective treatments broaden far and wide, well beyond the usual creams and lotions that we currently associate with beauty regimes. One such treatment that is becoming far more popular in recent years is cosmetic acupuncture.
What is Cosmetic Acupuncture?
Cosmetic acupuncture is designed to rejuvenate the youthful and healthy glow of the skin, and is now being suggested by doctors and dermatologists as an effective part of a complete beauty routine. Acuter claims that cosmetic acupuncture can clear acne spots, rosacea and even in some cases, age spots. Beyond that, the treatments can also strengthen facial muscles, leading to the appearance of smoother tighter skin, which is further enhanced by possible collagen production increases.
People will often turn to treatments like acupuncture because for some reason or another they cannot use conventional treatments. Allergies or extremely sensitive skin are some of the possible reasons for this, as are those with a lot of sun aged skin who need every little bit of help they can get in the skin department.
Word of warning
Facial acupuncture (or any form of acupuncture really) needs to be performed by a well-trained and licensed Acupuncturist. It is easy to forget that the procedure does involve breaking the protective barrier of the skin, which can introduce infectious agents into the body if proper sterilisation procedures are not followed. Plus a needle in the wrong place can cause damage, so training is essential. There is needle free cosmetic acupuncture available now though, which can also be a great treatment. Nathan Burns Acupuncture helped us out with this statement, “Traditional acupuncture does work very well, but some find the needles and possible pain far too confronting. Needle free is a great alternative, which offers all the same benefits such as promoting collagen and reducing lines, without actually needing to pierce the skin.”
So how does cosmetic acupuncture work?
Needles are inserted at pressure points in the body and face, which stimulate the release of energy and endorphins. The minor trauma caused by this improves blood flow and in turn stimulates cellular regrowth and turnover.
The mini trauma also increases the production of collagen and elastin, which improves the appearance of the skin and diminishes fine lines. The needles are inserted just a few millimetres deep in most cases, but that varies greatly depending on the location of the needle and the age of the person being treated.
If you’re looking for something new to add to your beauty arsenal, facial acupuncture might very well be your best bet for great results.
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