Thinking of trying acupuncture, but hesitant to take the plunge? Perhaps you've been intrigued by this ancient form of medicine but didn't know exactly if and how it could help your health. The good news is that acupuncture offers many benefits, including treating both physical and emotional issues and diseases. Additionally, it can also be great for helping fix common skin care issues you might be facing. If you have cleansed, exfoliated, and used every cream and serum on the market but still don't like how your skin looks, then it might just be time to give acupuncture a try.
What Is Acupuncture?
While acupuncture has been used in China for thousands of years, it's only more recently that the Western world has caught on to the numerous benefits this ancient practice can have on both the body and soul. Some people combine the use of acupuncture with Western medicine, while others stick to a regimen that includes regular acupuncture treatments along with drinking Chinese herbs and dietary changes recommended by their acupuncturist.
During an acupuncture treatment, thin, sterile needles are inserted into very specific points in the skin. You may feel a moment of slight pain or a tingling sensation in the area around where the needle was inserted but that feeling quickly passes. The needles are used to release a build-up of qi or energy that has stopped flowing along one of the meridians in the body. When qi gets stuck, your body does not work as well as it should and you can become sick or, at the very least, do not feel or look your best.
For most conditions (skin ones included), you need a series of treatments in order to address the issue and correct it.
Treating Skin Issues
Our skin is our largest organ and reflects what is going on inside our bodies without us even realizing it. When skin conditions such as acne, rosacea, or general skin aging are treated with acupuncture, the acupuncturist is looking at your body as a whole in order to treat what is going on on the surface. Primarily, they are looking for qi imbalances. Once qi starts flowing properly, skin issues can begin to clear up.
Acupuncture can help treat a wide variety of skin care issues including wrinkles, sagging, rosacea, acne (particularly adult acne), eczema, and psoriasis. It can also help with depuffing and brightening the skin. While estheticians and dermatologists generally concentrate on treating the outside of your skin, an acupuncturist is concerned about the underlying issues inside your body that lead to what you see on the outside with your skin. Once these issues (such as hormone imbalances) are addressed and you are able to bring balance to your body as a whole, then your skin starts to look better.
Another way acupuncture can help skin issues is by reducing stress. Regular acupuncture treatments can help you feel more relaxed and sleep better. Once your stress is reduced, your skin will look better since stress is at the root of many skin issues. By addressing your emotional needs along with your physical ones, acupuncture packs a one-two punch in treating your skin care issues as well. As mentioned above, committing to using acupuncture for skin care means agreeing to multiple sessions instead of just taking a pill or slathering on a cream.
For those in the know, acupuncture is quickly becoming a great way to reduce the signs of aging in the skin. Known as "the acupuncture facial," the treatment has helped many people slow down the signs of skin aging without resorting to facial injections. For this anti-aging treatment, needles are placed in different areas of the face in order to stimulate collagen production and get the blood flowing to the face. This is not a quick fix solution for skin aging; you need multiple sessions in order to see significant results.
If you do not have the time or money to go for regular acupuncture sessions, you can treat yourself at home with acupressure. This involves putting light pressure on specific points on your body in order to stimulate the flow of energy or qi in those points. Acupressure is less effective than actual acupuncture, but it can be a great complimentary treatment to do in the comfort of your own home. You can find online instructions for an anti-aging acupressure regimen or read Shellie Goldstein's Your Best Face Now for an in-depth look on how acupressure can help your skin.