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Acupuncture Rollers

Michelle Gellis, M.Ac., L.Ac., Dipl.Ac.

Acupuncture has so many applications, but there aren't many that you can try for yourself at home. Here's some gentle "needling" you can (yes, safely) do on your own.

Acupuncture as a beauty treatment for skin has become a significant specialty within the field, especially what is called Facial Rejuvenation Acupuncture. A full course of facial rejuvenation acupuncture typically involves weekly visits over the course of several months to get the results to satisfy most women. So, while far less expensive and much safer than many other possible courses of treatment, this is still a significant investment.

Skin needling works by stimulating the skin to coax it into its natural production of collagen and elastin, and that is what will fill in and smooth over wrinkles, stretch marks, and scars. The added collagen production can make the skin feel all-around smoother and tighter as it actually thickens the skin. While most often used on the face, this technique also can be applied elsewhere, and the chest, back, buttocks, thighs, and arms are all occasional targets.

So, just how can you do this at home? With an Acupuncture Roller, which looks like a miniature drum roller or aerator that you might see at work in someone's yard. These small handle-held devices have hundreds of tiny needles around the roller. These needles only minimally penetrate the skin, and there is no pain or injury to the skin, but it is enough to stimulate collagen and elastin production.

Acupuncture rollers, or micro-needle dermal rollers as they are sometimes called, can be used in conjunction with a facial rejuvenation acupuncture program to help accelerate the results, but can be a treatment plan of their own as well. Using an acupuncture roller is as simple as rolling it over the areas of your face or body where you'd like to see minor imperfections melt away.

There are generally two sizes of rollers available; a smaller one for facial work, and larger ones with more than 1,000 needles for larger body areas. The at-home simplicity and low cost (a kit of two rollers will be under $100) make it easy to work on more areas than you likely would undertake with an acupuncturist.

Another advantage to this needling is that it will dramatically increase the absorption of any topically applied creams or lotions. It also gently exfoliates the skin and stimulates blood flow, further promoting graceful aging.

So, with complete safety and no downtime, you can slowly reverse signs of aging such as fine lines, wrinkles, scars, and stretch marks. And you can have some fun when you tell friends that you're doing acupuncture on yourself.

Author Bio

Michelle Gellis, M.Ac., L.Ac., Dipl.Ac., is a Licensed, Board-Certified Acupuncturist. She is a faculty member at the Maryland University of Integrative Health (formerly the Tai Sophia Institute) in Laurel, Maryland, and teaches Facial Acupuncture Rejuvenation classes nationally. Michelle also markets a line of acupuncture rollers through She can be reached through or 301-725-8927.

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