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Article: Why You Should Be Using Facial Cupping In Your Skin Care Regime

Why You Should Be Using Facial Cupping In Your Skin Care Regime
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Why You Should Be Using Facial Cupping In Your Skin Care Regime

If you have heard about cupping therapy and curious to hear why you should be using cupping in your skin care routine read this detailed article.

White Lotus have been promoting facial cupping since 2004 and have taught home users and therapist's around the world our unique protocols which are now trending globally.

What Is Facial Cupping?

Suction cups

Cupping originates in Traditional Chinese Medicine aimed at restoring balance to the body and face along with other forms of Eastern Medicine.

Facial cupping involves using a silicone cup, which is a suction cup, which creates a vacuum like effect on your skin and gliding it in a specific way over the face. It is a very relaxing and calming experience not unlike a facial massage but with a different sensation and feeling. It is referred to as wet cupping because a facial oil is applied prior to treatment.

Traditionally In China they would have used bamboo or ceramic cups. Today it is common to use a silicone cup for it's safety and durability.

How does facial cupping work?

Cupping the face benefits skin health by increasing lymphatic drainage, circulation and flushing out toxin and reducing inflammation and pain. It has also been shown to change some properties of the skin and revive connective tissue of the body.

It stimulates acupressure channels which run in specific pathways over the face from an acupuncture perspective.

By creating suction and sliding the cups along these meridians or acupuncture channels it can re balance and be of great use in facial rejuvenation.

Cupping has been shown to have many positive benefits to the body and also to help certain conditions.It is an extremely relaxing treatment and the exact research on cupping will be discussed later but it undeniably has a systemic effect on the body including myofascial release.

What are the benefits of facial cupping?

collagen production

Cupping therapy can be very beneficial in toning the facial muscles of the face. If you are only thinking of collagen production, you are missing a trick.

The increase in micro circulation and lymphatic drainage to the skin can not only help skin health and facial rejuvenation but also have a myriad of other benefits such as helping:

  • Sagging Skin
  • Congestion or Sinusitis
  • Drooping Eyes
  • Loose Jaw Line
  • TMJ
  • Muscular tension in the face
  • Uneven Skin Tone
  • Dull Complexion
  • Facial Symmetry
  • Headaches
  • Bell's Palsy
  • Facial Paralysis
  • Tension Relief

To name a few...

Is facial cupping safe?

Facial cupping is indeed a very gentle therapy that has been used safely for thousands of years.

There is obviously a list of things that you should not do or use with cupping. However it is very easy to perform by yourself if you follow the correct guidelines and use the best quality cupping equipment.

Unlike most facial rejuvenation treatments, this is a completely natural and holistic treatment with no down time or side effects (if performed correctly). It can benefit your face and internal wellness.

When you consider the risks and side effects of treatments like cosmetic surgery, laser,chemical peels etc, cupping looks like a walk in the park in comparison!

Can facial cupping help with anti-aging?


skin care

Absolutely! The whole world is obsessed with collagen production and cupping has been shown to correct misaligned connective tissue in the skin...

This is the reason why since 2004 cupping has been one of the main systems we use to achieve completely natural anti aging.results.

It not only helps:

  • Reduce fine lines and wrinkles
  • Tighten open and enlarged pores
  • Contour, sculpt and tighten the face
  • Clear congestion from the skin and sinuses
  • Lift the jawline and jowls
  • Achieve a healthy natural glow
  • Detoxify and remove waste
  • Improve circulation
  • Enhance your immunity
  • Correct misaligned connective tissue
  • Improve uneven skin tone
  • Tension Relief

But it can revitalize the skin and enhance a youthful appearance.

How often should facial cupping be done?

Wet facial cupping can be performed daily if the correct protocols are followed. Many people like to use cupping in conjunction with gua sha and the jade roller, which is also safe to be used daily with a good quality organic facial oil.

Are there any risks or side effects of facial cupping?

Yes as with all therapies there are risks and side effects. To avoid any side effects avoid:

  • Using glass cups- they can have small fractures which will cut the skin
  • Use enough suction to get a grip on the skin, but not too much suction as it will cause redness or marks
  • Never leave the cup stationary on the skin or it will leave a mark, it always has to be moved quickly over each are of the face to avoid redness or marks which can last for several days, sometimes up to a week, so best avoided
  • Never use a cup on broken skin or infected skin, lesions, or active acne or other dermatological conditions.
  • Not using an oil with a cup
  • Using bad quality skin care

There are many other conditions that you should not use cupping on, if you are unsure get expert technical support on cupping before using.


Can facial cupping help with acne or other skin conditions?

There has been research to show that cupping does help acne vulgaris, but it is a traditional type of cupping therapy that is performed by an experienced acupuncturist trained in traditional Chinese cupping to perform this. It is not recommended to be practiced at home.This type of cupping is performed on the body and the face and also involves blood letting so it needs to be done in a hygienic clinical environment.

If you are prone to breakouts and congested skin, you can perform wet cupping in between the breakouts to prevent future breakouts and break the hormonal cycle. You shouldn't use wet cupping on active acne, it is painful and likely to spread bacteria.

Is facial cupping suitable for all skin types?

The good news is that it is!

One of the wonderful attributes of cupping therapy and acupuncture in general is that it can be used on all skin types and ethnicity as well as all age groups including:

  • Dry Skin
  • Sensitive Skin
  • Oily Skin
  • Combination Skin

Thinner and frailer skin, would just require shorter and gentler treatments.

Cupping has been shown to help on so many levels, as well as the actual skin, making it a robust treatment to implement for wellness and beauty.

How does facial cupping compare to other facial treatments?

When comparing using a silicone face cup to other anti aging treatments, it has unique benefits:

  • No downtime
  • Easy to use
  • Can be used at home or in clinic
  • It is a holistic treatment so will help with appearance and wellness
  • It has been shown to have a myriad of benefits
  • You can use wet cupping on all skin types, age groups and ethnicity's
  • It has relatively few side effects if you follow good instructions and use appropriate equipment and facial oils
  • It gets instant results and substantial anti aging results for the face.
  • It is one of the few totally natural treatments that can help correct misaligned connective tissue, so it can genuinely change the shape of the face.

Can facial cupping improve circulation in the face?

Increased micro circulation is something that is extremely widely documented for those that receive cupping therapy.

The area that is cupped is shown to dilate blood vessels in the region, which in turn increases micro-circulation on the face. It has been found to have many other benefits for the blood and skin, check out the research section below.

Are there any recommended techniques for facial cupping?

There are specific techniques you should always use with a silicon cup like:

Apply a good quality facial oil, we prefer to use Organic Green Tea Oil that doesn't block the pores to start with

  • Squeeze the cup and start on the mid-line of the right side of the chin and work outwards and upwards ( never downwards), repeat each line 3-5 times, never leaving the cup stationary.
  • Slide quickly and evenly working your way up the right hand side of the face, always from the mid line to the outside right side of the face until you get to the top of the forehead.
  • Then repeat on the left side of the face. End by starting on the third eye and sliding the face up up to the hairline.
  • All of the White Lotus Facial Cups come with instructions and also you can always contact us for technical support

Please watch this video demonstration of how to perform cupping on the face:

How long does it take to see results from facial cupping?

The results are instant after completing the treatment outlined above.

To really prove how good these techniques are just do the right side of your face and then look in the mirror, you will see the left side of the face that is untreated looks saggy and uneven in comparison to your newly sculpted right side of the face.

Can facial cupping reduce puffiness or dark circles under the eyes?

Treating under and around the eyes is great with facial cupping to address, puffiness and dark circles as well as sagging and drooping eye lids. It is great at lymphatic drainage

Is there any scientific evidence to support the benefits of facial cupping?

 here is so many research articles that have been done on cupping to determine the mechanism of exactly how it works. The research Article " The medical perspective of cupping therapy: Effects and mechanisms of action" (1) summarize 65 research papers and have proposed that cupping therapy helps in 6 theoretical ways:

  1. Pain- Gate Theory - attributed to reduction in pain, changes to biomechanical properties of the skin
  2. Diffuse Noxious Inhibitory Controls- - attributed to reduction in pain, changes to bio-mechanical properties of the skin
  3. Reflex Zone Theory- - attributed to reduction in pain, changes to bio mechanical properties of the skin
  4. Nitric Oxide Theory- attributed to relaxing the muscles, increase in blood circulation and local tissue structure changes.
  5. Activation of Immune System Theory- Immunity effects and hormonal readjusting
  6. Blood Detoxification Theory - Releasing toxins and waste/heavy metal removal

They believe that each of these above theories work together contributing to the overall therapeutic results that cupping can achieve. They have not found one single theory that can cover all of the benefits cupping has been shown to achieve with specific illnesses and ailments.

The research article goes on to list conditions that have been shown to help with cupping like:

  • Hypertension
  • Herpes Zoster
  • Acne
  • Pain
  • Prevention of Cardiovascular Disease
  • Oral and Genital ulceration
  • Muscular skeletal pain
  • Non specific Back Pain
  • Neck Pain
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Ailments that cause pain
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Headaches and Migraines
  • Cellulitis
  • Coughs
  • Asthma
  • Colds and Flu's
  • Hives
  • Facial Paralysis
  • Soft Tissue Injury
  • Arthritis
  • Neuro Dermatitis

As you can see the list is wide and varied and from a Traditional Chinese Medicine perspective we can use cupping for many imbalances in the body. You can see that cupping has many benefits to the body, even though we are only discussing cupping on the face.

  • If you would like to learn more about cosmetic cupping please see the online course by the founders of White Lotus who are industry experts in the field of cupping.
  • You can also view the award winning cupping range that comes with a lifetime guarantee

To read more about Cupping therapy see these articles:


1.Al-Bedah AMN, Elsubai IS, Qureshi NA, Aboushanab TS, Ali GIM, El-Olemy AT, Khalil AAH, Khalil MKM, Alqaed MS. The medical perspective of cupping therapy: Effects and mechanisms of action. J Tradit Complement Med. 2018 Apr 30;9(2):90-97. doi: 10.1016/j.jtcme.2018.03.003. PMID: 30963043; PMCID: PMC6435947.


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