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Can You Gua Sha If You Have Breakout Prone Skin?

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Can You Gua Sha If You Have Breakout Prone Skin?
  • The short answer is yes.  Gua sha will help clear the skin over time.

If you have a breakout, focus on the neck with the Empress Stone, which is made from Bian stone. Use downward strokes with the comb edge daily until the acne clears, then resume the full ritual. Be sure that you are using gentle pressure, this is the most effective pressure to detoxify and drain lymphatic fluids. More pressure isn’t better! 

This video is the essential guide for breakout prone skin and how to address it with the Empress Ritual.

What about the the Empress Tonic & Oil?

It turns out the Empress Tonic & Empress Oil are great for breakouts and acne prone skin, here's why.

The Empress Tonic contains some of the most potent botanicals on the planet for stimulating the lymphatic system. The lymphatic system clears toxins from the tissues and optimal circulation keeps the skin clear and bright. The tonic will calm breakouts, while hydrating and detoxifying.

Read more: 5 common gua sha mistakes, and exactly how to fix them.

The Empress Oil is brimming with antibacterial Balm of Gilead & a Resin Nutrient Complex. We chose these powerhouse ingredients used for thousands of years as a beauty elixirs. The bonus is that they are also cure-alls used for healing wounds & first aid. The antibacterial properties of these plants, make them perfect for acne prone skin. They combat the bacteria that contribute to breakouts.

Q: I just started doing gua sha and noticed my skin is breaking out, why is this happening?

A: When you begin doing facial gua sha you are stirring up stagnant lymph, blood, and qi in the tissues. As your skin detoxes, the “gunk” in your skin comes up to the surface to clear. Sometimes this is in the form of minor breakouts.

Solution: Use downward strokes on the neck until the acne clears, then resume the full ritual. Be sure that you are using gentle pressure.

Read more: Why the neck is so important during facial gua sha.

Q: I have acne, can I do gua sha?

A: Yes, gua sha does help clear acne by moving the lymph, blood, and qi. Please note, you will never gua sha directly over active breakouts.

Solution: Instead, work on the neck in downward strokes until the acne begins to clear. Once your skin begins to clear, you can do the Empress Ritual over areas of your face that are break out free. 

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