Acne massage is a popular and holistic form of treating adult acne. Many people, especially, women are seeing great results by following this holistic acne treatment, and massaging the face and certain points on the body to reduce acne breakouts can also be done at home as a self-care preventive remedy against acne.
According to the American Academy of Dermatology, acne is the most common skin condition in the USA. It is affecting up to 50 million Americans a year and more common in teens and young adults. However, people can experience acne at any time in their lives.
Massaging the face regularly promises to give you a younger looking and healthy skin, and it can decelerate the process of aging and stave off its undesirable signs. Facial massage revitalizes the skin and makes it look better.
Acne Massage: How Massage Therapy for Acne Works
Massage therapy has been proven to help treat a wealth of conditions from stress, to sports injuries, and even high blood pressure, etc. It has also been shown to be effective in treating acne.
Using Shiatsu massage, it is believed that a practitioner can apply pressure to the client’s liver, adrenal gland, kidney, intestine, thyroid gland, and other reflex points, which in turn helps to stimulate circulation, balances hormone levels in the skin, and regulates the production of sebum.
Using massage therapy, patients have reported positive improvements in their acne within 72 hours or less, as the massaging movements on the skin also help to unblock follicles where oil and bacteria are trapped.
Like massage therapy, yoga practice also increases blood flow and improves circulation, and combining both can be even more effective . Having a regular massage and practicing yoga can bring nutrients to the skin and flush away toxins.
Today, however, conventional medication has only been stressing on the use of drugs, antibiotics and hormonal medicines for healing acne, all of which give rise to side effects such as peeling, flaking, skin, dryness, severe nausea, diarrhea, stomach upsets or headaches etc.
So, Acne Massage might be an effective, natural and gentle as well as a permanent solution for acne vulgaris.
Face Massage For Acne
People having oily/greasy skin exude large amounts of sebum that blocks the skin’s pores and makes the skin more vulnerable to a flare up of acne. Massaging has been known to have sebum balancing qualities. Massage has the following effects:
- exercises the skin.
- unclogs the pores, cleanses dirt and grime and
- greatly enhances the circulation of blood.
- facial massage promises you a smooth and blemish free skin, and the elasticity of the skin can increase and becomes radiant with a glow.
Steps on Facial Massage For Acne
- Wash your face and hands.
- You can simply massage without using any lubricant, or-alternatively, use one of the natural products.
- Grip the jaw firmly with your thumbs, and press the remaining fingers into the cheeks, firmly.
- Move from center to the outer part of the face pressing and kneading.
- Use gentle, circular movements to massage, using the finger tips, and use the palm for a wide area.
- Repeat this motion until you have covered main parts of the face at least 3 times.
- Move upwards to the forehead and continue massaging.
- Pinch the face several times as well.
- Then, massage the jugular veins on the sides of the neck, and also massage the outer part of the chest, just near the armpits.
- Breathe deeply during the massage routine, and make sure you follow this massage remedy at least once daily.
- You have to be very careful about the way you massage, and not massage in the direction of the normal face curves, as that could result in the early development of wrinkles.
- The frequency of the massage should be according to the skin type, but a regular gentle massage, at least 3 times a week, gives quick and excellent results.
- Using tea tree essential oil for the massage hastens cure and fights acne bacteria, since tea tree kills infectious agents and eliminates pimples, boils, black heads and white heads successfully. Blending 5 drops of tea tree in 10 ml of base oil (such as almond is recommended).
A face massage is the fastest way of rejuvenating the skin and enhancing the complexion, as it will activate Chi for a clearer complexion. Once the acne starts clearing, a regular massage, every fortnight is recommended, in order to maintain a fresh skin and youthful skin.
However, acne massage is also contraindicated in case of very severe acne vulgaris. This is because of the risk of spreading the infection and exacerbating the condition.
However, patients with severe acne on their face can still opt for massage other points elsewhere on the body other than those on the face to help facilitate better Chi energy flow and reduce acne blemishes.