3 May, 2016 Consultant Physician Lim Xiang Jun

Facial Acupuncture: Needling back the hands of time

Facial acupuncture, or cosmetic acupuncture, is one of the wonderful timeless beauty therapies practised by the Chinese since the Sung Dynasty (960-1279AD). It is also said to be one of the basic TCM methods for preserving the youth and beauty of royalties such as Empress Dowager Cixi and the only female emperor in Chinese history, Wu Ze Tian.

Even till today, this method has been highly popular among celebrities like Madonna, Cher and Gwyneth Paltrow who are said to have committed to their weekly facial acupuncture sessions to diminish their wrinkles.

While most information surrounding the effectiveness of facial acupuncture is anecdotal, a 1996 research reported in the International Journal of Clinical Acupuncture showed that 90 percent of 300 individuals who tried facial acupuncture saw positive results, including the softening of facial lines, reduction of dark under-eye circles, improvement in skin tone and a natural radiance.


What can Acupuncture Facial do?


Here’s a list of the wonderful benefits of facial acupuncture:

  • Firm sagging skin
  • Minimise fine lines and wrinkles
  • Reduce double chin
  • Slim face
  • Resculpt facial features
  • Reduce undereye dark circles and puffiness
  • Tighten pores
  • Improve hormone-based skin conditions
  • Treat dry skin and/or oily skin acne
  • Lighten spots and scars
  • Overall, improving skin complexion, giving it a healthy glow


How does Facial Acupuncture achieve the above?

  • Firming skin: by using acupuncture to increase muscle tone
  • Minimising wrinkles, fine lines and pores: by needling the area of concern to stimulate cells to produce new collagen and elastin fibres to fill up the area
  • Lightening dark eye circles, under eye puffiness and spots, improving skin complexion: by detoxifying and regulating the “energy blockage” which is causing area to darken
  • Achieving a natural & healthy glow: by increasing blood circulation to face, which carries fresh oxygen and nutrients to nourish skin
  • Reducing size of face and resculpting facial features: by employing the fat-burning effect of acupuncture
  • Treating hormone-based skin conditions: by rebalancing the hormonal systems
  • Restoring balance to body and creating a sense of well-being: by balancing the organ systems through face-mapping (in which acupuncturing different facial parts affects different internal organ systems)



Why Facial Acupuncture?

  • It is safe
  • It is non-invasive
  • It is not expensive
  • It restores balance to the body, creating a sense of overall well-being


Why acupuncture over chemicals and knife?

Facial acupuncture stimulates the body’s own healing capability and aging-reversal powers. Since patients do not take chemicals or undergo anaesthesia and surgery, there’s little, if any, controversy over the safety of this method, not to mention side effects.

Furthermore, facial acupuncture does not only treat your face, it also works to balance your whole body and organ systems and get them working well. This is so that your face can exhibit the healthy glow from within, and not just skin deep.

This 100% natural method that rejuvenates your face and helps you look younger requires time and effort. Ideally, it is recommended for patients to complete 1 course of 20 sessions, visiting every alternate day, for 20 to 30 minutes per session. If you are unable to visit every other day, you can opt to visit once or twice a week. However, spreading out the treatment frequency may require more treatment sessions for the effect of acupuncture to accumulate.

Are you ready to needle back the hands of time?

Article by Consultant Physician, Dr Lim Xiang Jun


Note: Information provided is not a substitute for a physician or any form of medical care. Individual symptoms differ due to different body constitutions and diagnosis. One should consult a licensed TCM practitioner for accurate diagnosis and treatment.


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About the Author

Consultant Physician Lim Xiang Jun Dr Lim Xiang Jun is a registered TCM practitioner in Singapore since 2010. She holds a Doctorate (PhD) and Master Degree in Acupuncture and a Bachelor’s Degree in Medicine (Chinese Medicine) from the Beijing University of Chinese Medicine. She also graduated with First-Class Honours in B.Sc. in Biomedical Sciences from Nanyang Technological University Singapore.

Comments (16)

  1. Cheryl

    I would like to know if acupuncture can help with back acne? I have been suffering from back acne for many years and also have a few scars. Would the trial help?

  2. Jenny

    Can acupuncture help to remove or lighten up brown spots or marks? If yes, how long is the treatment time bef we can see results?


      Hello Jenny,

      It is possible. However, marks and spots will take a longer time to treat compared to active acne, and will require you to take herbal medication. Ultimately, it really depends on each individual! (Healing process, speed etc.)

      Hope this helps!


      Hello Liz,

      Yes, we do treat them. However, our physicians would need to do a consultation to assess your body condition before our we can recommend a treatment plan!

  3. Jenny yap

    Hi my name is Jenny yap, I have hair loss problem. Went to a TCM and was recommended using Mei Hua Zhen to achieve better result. Does ordinary needle good enough? Do u have Mei Hua Zhen? What is the cost of such treatment?

    Thanks & regards


      Hello Jenny,

      Yes, that’s right! Mei Hua Zhen has better results for Acupuncture for Hair Loss.

      We do have Mei Hua Zhen in PULSE. The first trial is also priced at $68.

      Hope this helps!

  4. Sss

    Do u offer other treatment acupuncture (0eg for bad back) other than facial?


      Hi there, yes we do acupuncture treatment for health issues too!

  5. Gloria

    What’s the charges for facial acupuncture per session? Are there any oral herbal prescription given? If yes, what’s the charge


      Hello Gloria, the first trial for a Facial Acupuncture is priced at $68. We run promotions from time to time, you check it out here: http://www.pulsetcm.sg/promotions!

      We do have herbal prescriptions for facial acupuncture clients. They are optional but recommended. Hope this helps!

  6. dakota


    I have dark circles but not sure of its due to late nights, smoking or
    make up not removed properly as I’ve heard that cosmetic chemicals can
    get deep into the skin if not clean properly.

    Can Acupuncture really help?


      There are many causes of dark eye circles such as puffiness (water retention), genetic, medication etc, including the factors you have mentioned. Acupuncture can detoxify and regulate energy blockage around your under eyes. Our physicians may also recommend some lifestyle changes to expedite the lightening of your under eyes. Hope this helps!

      If you would like to make an appointment to consult our physicians, you can do it online here: http://www.pulsetcm.sg/book-an-appointment. Cheers!


      Hi Jaslyn,

      Acupuncture can be done on patients from as young as a toddler. However, at PULSE, we’ll require parent’s consent from patients below 18 years old. Hope this helps!

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