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

Complement Ther Med. 2018 Dec:41:271-276. doi: 10.1016/j.ctim.2018.09.009. Epub 2018 Sep 14.


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.

Keywords: Facial massage roller; Facial skin blood flow; Mechanical stimulation; Thermal stimulation; Vascular dilatation function.

Publication types

  • Randomized Controlled Trial

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Equipment Design
  • Female
  • Hot Temperature / therapeutic use*
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Massage / instrumentation*
  • Massage / methods*
  • Skin / blood supply*
  • Skin / radiation effects*
  • Young Adult