Facial massage is a safe, drug-free form of acne treatment. Combined with a balanced diet that includes lots of vegetables, whole grains, fruit and water, facial massage can dramatically improve acne as well as prevent wrinkles and crow's feet. Facial tone and structure can also be improved. Always thoroughly wash the face before performing any massage, as an unwashed face can lead to facial oils, dirt and makeup being pressed into the skin, causing additional acne and other skin problems.
Thoroughly wash your hands with soap and water, paying extra attention to the fingertips.
Firmly grip the jaw with your thumbs. Press the other four fingers (on each side) into the upper jawline. Work from the center of the jawline outward, pressing firmly. Repeat two or three times, maintaining the same level of pressure.
Use fingertips to press the area of the face above the jawline, using the same center-going-out motion. Do this two or three times. Repeat motion working upward until you reach the forehead line. If done correctly, you should see flakes of dead skin coming off the face at this time.
Lightly but firmly pinch the entire face for 1 to 2 minutes.
Rub the jugular veins, located on the sides of the neck in a downward-scraping motion with your fingertips. Do this six to eight times, and follow by massaging the outer part of the chest right next to the armpits. Use a firm circular motion and remember to breathe deeply.
Wash your hands with soap. Wash your face with the same light-but-firm motions with cool water only. Pat skin dry with a washcloth used only on the face.
According to the ancient Egyptians, this type of massage directs the flow of toxins away from the face, leading to clear skin.
This massage also can be done to combat bags under the eyes and wrinkles or used as a preventative measure for both of these things.
Do not pull facial skin down when performing this massage, and be careful not to pinch the skin so hard it bruises or breaks. It is always a good idea to start slowly to figure out what works best for you.
Kent Page McGroarty has worked as a writer since 2006, contributing numerous articles to various websites. She is a frequent contributor to the health and fitness sections of the online magazine EDGE Publications and holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from Saint Joseph's University.