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

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

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Division of Medical Nutrition, Faculty of Healthcare, Tokyo Healthcare University, Setagaya, Tokyo, 154-8568, Japan; Institute for Liberal Arts, Tokyo Institute of Technology, Meguro, Tokyo, 152-8852, Japan.
Research and Development Center, MTG Co. Ltd., Aichi, Nagoya, 453-0041, Japan.
Institute for Liberal Arts, Tokyo Institute of Technology, Meguro, Tokyo, 152-8852, Japan. Electronic address:


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.


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

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