Facial Acupuncture:

Natural, Uncompromising Anti-Aging

Most of us want to age with glowing, vibrant skin.  But is there any way to combat or prevent fine lines, dullness and sagging without invasive procedures or chemical-based injectables? Enter: Facial Acupuncture.


Facial Acupuncture uses acupuncture needling for skin rejuvenation.  It can be performed by Registered Acupuncturists and Naturopathic Doctors who have been trained in Facial acupuncture to brighten skin, improve microcirculation, diminish the appearance of wrinkles and make complexions all-around healthier. As an added bonus, unlike other injection procedures, facial acupuncture not only addresses signs of aging but the skin’s overall health.


How it works

During a Facial Acupuncture treatment, 40 to 80 hair-thin needles are inserted into the face and body. The needles create microtraumas, which trigger your skin to repair and restore the damage.  This mechanism helps to diminish fine lines and promote smooth texture. Increased blood flow during this process also combats dullness, brightening complexions.


Deeper needles are also used to tone or relax muscles.  Toning supports the structure under the skin to keep it taut.  Muscle relaxation is important for deterring expression lines and wrinkling.  This is a customized procedure that is tailored to your skin’s needs and areas of focus. Acupuncture points on the body are also incorporated to promote overall well-being and balance for a holistic approach to anti-aging.


What does it feel like?

Most people find Facial Acupuncture relaxing and near-painless.  In areas of the face with more fatty tissue, needle insertion is usually barely noticeable.  In delicate areas, where there are more blood vessels and nerves, a brief pin pricking may be felt.  Some patients experience a relaxation or releasing effect on their hypertonic face muscles. Certain needle techniques aim to improve facial muscle tone and these can elicit a tightening sensation that is not painful.  Of course, everyone has different pain thresholds but it is always good to communicate with your practitioner as techniques can be adjusted to your needs.


How many sessions do you need?

This is a natural, longer-term approach.  Usually, it takes 3-4 sessions to start seeing changes, with full results at the end of 10 sessions.  Ideally, a series of 6-10 treatments should be done, maximum one week apart. For highly motivated patients, an initial series can be done twice per week.  After this, maintenance sessions should be schuduled every one to two months. Like exercise, maintenance is key to keeping up work done on facial muscles and tissue.




Facial Acupuncture is not appropriate for people with blood clotting disorders, cancer or pregnancy.  If you suffer from heart disease, hypertension, diabetes or any other long-standing condition, book a consult first so your Registered Acupuncturist or Naturopathic Doctor can determine if you are a good candidate for Facial Acupuncture.  Always book your treatments with a healthcare professional who is regulated and authorized to practice acupuncture – ideally with extra training specifically in cosmetic or facial acupuncture techniques. Look for someone with in-depth knowledge and experience in treating skin and skin conditions.


Kristen Ma  is an Ayurvedic skincare specialist and the co-founder of Pure+Simple, a Canadian spa chain and retailer of natural beauty products.


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