The Scoop on Facial + Cosmetic Acupuncture

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Acupuncture has been used for thousands of years. Ancient Chinese medicine states that the human body contains 2000+ acupuncture points connected by pathways, and these pathways create an energy flow, Qi, through the body which is responsible for overall health. The goal of acupuncture is to improve the flow of this energy throughout the body– thus improving health. The World Health Organization and the National Institute of Health recognize it as beneficial; it’s said to stimulate the nervous system and promote both physical and emotional well-being.

Facial vs. Cosmetic


There are two types of acupuncture performed on the face: facial and cosmetic. Facial acupuncture helps with medical issues such as rosacea, TMJ, stomach issues, allergies, and headaches– to name just a few. Cosmetic acupuncture is specifically for aesthetic results, but can also increase the health of the skin.

How does Cosmetic Acupuncture Work?


Similar to microneedling, cosmetic acupuncture works by creating micro traumas in the skin. These traumas increase the production of collagen – that coveted protein that ultimately smooths wrinkles and makes the skin appear tighter and younger. It can also increase oxygenation levels through microcirculation which can aid in detoxification and even help prevent puffiness. Another benefit is better skin elasticity – studies in South Korea have shown that the increased collagen production leads to less saggy skin – yes, please!

Why not Botox?


Unlike Botox, cosmetic acupuncture can actually help improve the health of your skin. While Botox can lend to great results over time, it is essentially paralyzing the muscles in the face that when used repeatedly, cause wrinkles. Acupuncture, on the other hand, is a holistic approach. It is designed to treat the underlying problems of skin concerns as well as those pesky symptoms.

To boot, there are very few side effects overall from cosmetic acupuncture: if any, they typically include slight bruising or soreness, but tend to dissipate over a couple of days. Though there are some people who should consult with a doctor before jumping on the acupuncture train. It is not recommended for pregnant women, or those diagnosed with type 2 diabetes. Those wearing pacemakers may also be at risk.

Where to go?

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See below for some respected facial acupuncturists around the country:

NYC: Gotham Wellness

LA: Applied Natural Health

Atlanta: Acupuncture Atlanta

Houston: Solstice Acupuncture 

Boston: Yintuition

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