Can Acupuncture Reduce Wrinkles?
The ancient practice is gaining popularity as a beauty treatment, so here’s what to know:Yes, needles are placed on the face as well as elsewhere on the body. “Acupuncture treats a skin problem by focusing on the way the respiratory or digestive system affects the skin,” explains Jill Blakeway, DACM, a doctor of acupuncture and Chinese medicine in NewYork City. “In Chinese medicine, the lungs and large intestine have a relationship with skin—and the local inflammation and dryness that affect it directly.” In addition, she says, “needles can be targeted to increase blood circulation to the skin, which tones underlying muscle.” She recommends up to eight once-a-week treatments. A dermatologist’s take: “Acupuncture hasn’t been scientifically proven to have a lasting benefit for wrinkles,” says Ellen Marmur, M.D. “If it’s done by a knowledgeable acupuncturist over acupressure points, there may be relaxation of joints that will temporarily decrease certain wrinkles.”