Facial Gua Sha – A Chinese Medicine Gem

By Michelle Gellis AP LAc MAc DiplAc Facial Gua Sha (pronounced Gwa Sha) is all over the media these days. Although it seems to be a new, trendy technique to rejuvenate the skin, it has been part of Chinese Medicine for thousands of years. As an acupuncturist who teaches cosmetic facial acupuncture, I have used…

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Micro-needling and product absorption

By Michelle Gellis-acupuncture physician One of the many benefits of micro-needling is that it can increase the absorption rate of topically applied skin care products. The skin is a barrier and can impede the absorption of products. Clinically conducted studies have shown that micro-needling can increase serum absorption by as much as 300%. When you…

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How does micro-needling stimulate collagen?

Aculift Microneedle Derma Roller

by Michelle Gellis – Acupuncture Physician Micro-needling with an Aculift derma roller, hydra roller or hydra needle can erase fine lines, wrinkles, and turn back many visible signs of aging by stimulating the production of collagen. But how does it work? Collagen induction therapy or micro-needling works by stimulating the immune system and wound-healing mechanisms.…

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