It's claimed to limit the build up of toxins and reduce inflammation.
The benefits stem from one primary goal of improving circulation in the skin. Dr Vivian Tam, founder of Cosmetic Acupuncture Melbourne and Zilch Acne Formula, explains “regular treatments in facial cupping can help a lot with many skin condition (including acne symptoms and wrinkles) as they promote blood flow to the area, thereby promoting healing. When there is increased circulation and lymphatic drainage, you are also helping to move toxin build up in the facial skin, reducing heat and inflammation accumulation.”
WHAT HAPPENS DURING FACIAL CUPPING
“Cupping is essentially a therapy that involves ‘cups’ that create a vacuum or suction onto the skin, muscle and fascia,” says Dr Tam. The pressure of the cup when activated stimulates blood flow to the area, and encourages lymphatic drainage. The cups are slid around in different directions to encourage this movement and it is very stimulating to both the facial skin and the deeper layers.
ACNE AND FACIAL CUPPING
Acne is one skin condition which can certainly benefit from improved blood circulation, as confirmed by Dr Tam who has treated hundreds of patients suffering from it. “From my extensive experience in seeing patients with acne, I would say that is common that they suffer from blood stagnation that can stem from poor circulation or blood deficiency. Acne sufferers also almost always have a very inflammatory pattern from a build-up of toxicity and heat,” she says.
Dr Tam explains, facial cupping can help with acne by helping to remove toxin build up in the skin and soft tissue level - by tapping into the lymphatic system - and it also stimulates blood flow which can promote healing in the area too.
WRINKLES AND FACIAL CUPPING
It’s not just acne this treatment targets it can also help with fine line and wrinkles. Dr Tam explains it “stimulates the skin to support collagen production, and the increased blood flow promotes healthy nutrients and oxygenation to the skin which is super beneficial for your facial skin and anti-ageing.” You're also working on releasing muscle tension and tightness, which can play a big role in wrinkles and lines.
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