Updated: Apr 12, 2022
At Botanical Point, your skin goals are an expectation we work to meet and exceed. Combining the knowledge of Western Medical Esthetics and Eastern Traditional Chinese Medicine, Dr. Jessica tailors each appointment to clients individual skin goals - working from the inside-out. After establishing a treatment plan, the next step of a Cosmetic Acupuncture session is to evaluate specific skin type. Skin types are categorized as either oily, dry or combination/t-zone. Knowing skin type is essential for selecting products for external application for optimal results.
Cosmetic Acupuncture for Oily Skin
Having oily skin has its pros and cons. These individuals will be more prone to breakouts but less likely to develop wrinkles. For oily skin types, close attention must be paid to the condition inside the body via a Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) lens. Mainly we are looking for a strong digestive system and the absence of damp/phlegm or heat. These internal pathogens are what fuel breakouts. This is why Cosmetic Acupuncture is so effective, we are not only cleaning the pores and killing acne bacteria externally, but also harmonizing the individual as a whole.
Cosmetic Acupuncture for Dry Skin
Now a lot of people think they have dry skin because their skin is DEHYDRATED. But you can be an oily skin type and have dehydrated skin lacking water (and if you use a thick creamer to add “moisture” you will end up causing more breakouts). Dry skin clients are less prone to breakouts, but much more prone to premature wrinkling. The Cosmetic Acupuncture treatment plan for this skin type will include a deep pore hydrating facial to help reduce the signs of aging. However, from a TCM perspective we must also evaluate fluid levels in the body, blood, circulation and excess heat/fire. When wrinkles are superficial and in the skin, they are much easier to reduce. But once the wrinkle moves into the muscle we have to be more aggressive with treatment. This is why prevention is so important for this skin type.
Typically this skin type will have excess oil and enlarged pores on their chin, nose and forehead. Similar to the dry skin types, we need to nourish the areas that do not have a lot of oil secretion to prevent wrinkles (mainly around the eyes and nasolabial fold). It is very important to examine the clients skin and internal disharmonies to ensure the treatment is tailored specific to each client. As clients under this category do not always manifest the same problem areas. During treatments, some areas may be focused on cleaning and reducing pore size and other areas are nourished and hydrated.
Cosmetic Acupuncture at Botanical Point utilizes body needles, facial needles, LED light therapy, gua sha, and facial cupping. Western Medical Esthetic tools are pharmaceutical grade products specific to skin type, facial steamer, hot towels and massage. Together Western Medical Esthetics and Eastern Cosmetic Acupuncture provide a powerful holistic approach to tailored skin care goals.
Healthy inside, beauty outside.