Short- and long-term effects of using a facial massage roller on facial skin blood flow and vascular reactivity

Akane Miyaji, Kaori Sugimori, Naoyuki Hayashi*

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract

Massage rollers are commonly used for beauty care, but their effects on skin blood flow (SkBF) and vascular reactivity remain unclear. We hypothesized that the short-term usage of a massage roller increases the SkBF, while a long-term massage intervention improves vascular dilatation. We measured the facial SkBF change to 5 min massage roller to the right cheek in 12 subjects. We also assessed the effect of 5-week daily use of facial massage roller on the SkBF in the right cheek and the reactivity to local heat in 14 subjects. The short-term massage significantly increased facial SkBF solely in the right cheek for at least 10 min after the massage. The 5-week intervention significantly increased the vasodilatation response to the heat stimulation solely in the right cheek. These findings suggested that performing short-term facial massage with a roller increases SkBF, and long-term use improves the vascular dilatation response.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)271-276
Number of pages6
JournalComplementary Therapies in Medicine
Volume41
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2018 Dec
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Facial massage roller
  • Facial skin blood flow
  • Mechanical stimulation
  • Thermal stimulation
  • Vascular dilatation function

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Complementary and Manual Therapy
  • Complementary and alternative medicine
  • Advanced and Specialised Nursing

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