Acupuncture 101: Everything You Want to Know but Haven't Asked

In the grand scheme of beauty treatments, modern advances like Botox, laser resurfacing, and face-lifts are just a flash in the pan compared to 5000-year-old giants like acupuncture. In fact, the ancient Chinese practice is a buzzy topic right now thanks to its ability to soften lines on the face. Nicknamed the acupuncture face-lift by the media, the ancient technique can be used in more ways than anyone may have assumed.

It turns out acupuncture has a range of beauty benefits, like brighter skin and fewer breakouts. It works on the same principle as laser treatments—micro-injury prompts your body to rejuvenate—resulting in the ability to minimize wrinkles. But before we get ahead of ourselves, let’s start with the basics.

We sat down with Nicholas Barlow, the man behind Los Angeles–based acupuncture office The Barlow Clinic, for answers to all the questions you want to know but haven’t asked. How does acupuncture work? Does it hurt? What, exactly, are the beauty benefits?

Click through our slideshow for all this and more.