Have you ever tried acupuncture? What about acupressure? Both practices stem from Traditional Chinese Medicine and result in real healing and benefits in the human body. These practices promote the movement of energy, or “qi”, throughout the body, which results in blood flow and healing.
Thousands of ailments and cosmetic desires can be helped or realized through acupressure, one of them being facial wrinkles. In this article, we are breaking down the top facial acupressure points for wrinkles and how to stimulate them. If you suffer from low collagen production or just want to reduce your wrinkles, read on to see how you can reduce the appearance of wrinkles with acupressure.
Does Acupuncture Work For Face Wrinkles?
Acupuncture (and acupressure) rely on the notion that stimulating acupoints promotes blood flow and the flow of energy. This, in turn, can promote healing and rejuvenation. So yes, acupuncture will work for face wrinkles.
One study testing the efficacy of acupuncture on facial elasticity shows 56% of participants exhibited a positive change in facial topography, meaning their faces became more plump and smooth. The only side effect was some mild bruising around the points of contact, which go away quickly.
This study indicates some patients saw results after only 5 sessions. The patients themselves, on average, reported that they saw some positive change in their faces after the study. These researchers proved that acupuncture really does work for face wrinkles.
Can Acupuncture Reduce Face Wrinkles?
Long story short: it can! There are countless accounts of specialists and doctors explaining how acupuncture can effectively reduce facial wrinkles.
One acupuncturist in New York boldly states it is more effective than botox. Another french skincare specialist has developed a facial acupressure tool. He has seen the effects acupressure and his tool have on stimulating energy and blood flow, and thus reducing the appearance of wrinkles on the face.
Acupuncture stimulates blood flow, and blood flow will promote healing and generation of new cells in the face, and will thus reduce the amount of wrinkles and fine lines. That’s the reason all these acupuncturists and skincare specialists give for seeing results. And they are correct – the traditions and beliefs of TCM yield these results and benefits.
How Often Should You Get Facial Acupuncture?
The frequency of facial acupuncture will depend on your needs and goals. You should meet with a professional acupuncturist and develop a plan – most plans will require about 2-3 acupuncture sessions per week for at least 8 weeks.
If you are interested in performing at-home acupressure, such as our facial acupressure points for wrinkles, your results can be quick. Acupressure is a very safe and non-intrusive practice – you can stimulate the following acupressure points every day with extremely little risk. Performing the following acupressure will take about 15 minutes. If you do this every day, you could see results in as little as 5 weeks, as mentioned!
The Facial Acupressure Points For Wrinkles
Acupoint: ST-4 (Other Names: Stomach-4/Di Cang/Earth Granary)
The Earth Granary point is located on the stomach meridian, providing many benefits to the body. St-4 can help specifically with wrinkles on the nasolabial folds. Some other ailments St-4 has shown to help include: dry mouth/lack of salivation and twitching around the mouth. St-4 is included on our face acupressure points chart – there we discuss other acupoints that benefit the face.
The Earth Granary acupoint is located on the face and is easy to find. Simply find the corner of your mouth and move your finger outwards about half a centimeter. Be gentle when engaging this acupoint (and the rest that we discuss), as the skin on the face can be thin and sensitive.
Acupoint: ST-2 (Other Names: Stomach-2/Si Bai/Four Whites)
St-2, commonly referred to as “Four Directions Brightness”, is also located on the stomach meridian. Not only will it help with eye wrinkles, but stimulating this acupoint can help with many other eye issues, such as myopia, twitching, and pain around the eye. Four Directions Brightness is included on our list of acupressure points for eyes, where we discuss various acupoints that help with other eye problems.
St-2 is easy to find. Locate the center of your eye, then place your finger about 1.5-2 centimeters directly below the center of your eye. Be particularly careful with this acupoint – under the eyes is the thinnest and sensitive region on the face.
Acupoint: GB-1 (Other Names: Gallbladder-1/Tong Zi Liao/Pupil Crevice)
Another acupoint good for eye wrinkles specifically, the Gb-1 acupoint is located on the gall bladder meridian. Pupil Crevice will also help with redness and dryness of the eye, headaches, and even glaucoma. Gb-1 is one of the best TMJ acupressure points – check out that article if you suffer from TMJ and/or jaw pain.
Gb-1 is located near the temple. Find the outer end of your eyebrow, then move your finger out about one centimeter. You will feel a small crevice and be able to tell you are on the right spot.
Acupoint: EM-3 (Other Names: Yu Yao)
The Em-3 acupressure point is not located on a “traditional” meridian but rather is included independently. Em-3 will be particularly useful in dispelling forehead wrinkles, though you will see the benefits all over your face when you consistently stimulate this acupressure point. Em-3 is one of the best acupressure points for brain fog. In that article, we discuss some incredible acupoints for a healthy and clear brain.
Em-3 is the easiest pressure point to find on the list – it is simply in the middle of your eyebrows.
Acupoint: Bl-1 (Other Names: Urinary Bladder-1/Jing Ming/Bright Eyes)
Final on our list of facial acupressure points for wrinkles is Bl-1, which is also particularly good for promoting healthier skin. The Bright Eyes acupoint can also help with blurry vision, color blindness, swelling of the eye, lumbar pain, and more. We discuss Bl-1 in our article on the GV 16 acupuncture point, giving details on acupoints that can help office workers.
Bl-1, like the others, is easy to find and engage – it is simply located at the inside corner of your eye. As always, be careful as the skin around your eye is extremely thin, delicate, and sensitive.