Acupuncture 101: Everything You Want To Know, But Haven't Asked

In the grand scheme of beauty treatments, modern advances like Botox, laser resurfacing, and facelifts are just a flash in the pan compared to 5,000-year-old giants like acupuncture. In fact, the ancient Chinese practice is a buzzy topic right now, thanks to its ability to soften lines on the face. Nicknamed The Acupuncture Facelift by the media, there are more ways to use the ancient technique than anyone may have assumed.

It turns out, acupuncture has a range of beauty benefits, like brighter skin and fewer breakouts. It works on the same principle as laser treatments—micro injury prompts your body to rejuvenate—resulting in the ability to minimise wrinkles. But before we get ahead of ourselves, let’s start with the basics.

We sat down with Nicholas Barlow, the man behind Los Angeles-based acupuncture office The Barlow Clinic for answers to all the questions you want to know, but haven’t asked. How does acupuncture work? Does it hurt? What, exactly, are the beauty benefits?

Click through our slideshow for all this and more.