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What’s a vampire facial? It’s something as awful as it sounds.

The so-called vampire facials involve drawing a patient’s own blood, centrifuging it to separate out platelet-rich plasma, and puncturing the skin with very fine, short needles. This is said to prompt the skin to produce elastic and collagen and create openings for the plasma, which is applied topically to help with skin repair. The procedure is promoted to reduce signs of aging, acne scarring, and sun damage. There is scant research supporting these claims. Conversely, there is plenty of evidence that “playing” with blood and skin and people’s health can end badly—like with disease and death, perhaps? With apologies to Spider-Man’s Uncle Ben, “with great ignorance comes blood contamination.”

The theory of platelet-rich plasma (PRP) makes sense, and it works for tissue damage elsewhere in the body: PRP is rich in growth factors and other stuff. If you have suffered damage in a part of your body and pain and discomfort are an everyday concern, go for it! But, as always, risk has to be balanced by benefit (or, even better, get benefit to outweigh risk by a lot).

Even everyday fillers are not without risk. Before going for hyaluronic acid injections, check the possible complications. Or have a quick look at the scary photos of celebrities who have been injecting stuff into their faces.

There is no need to puncture your skin to get good results or use blood products to “rejuvenate” it. You can provide nutrition to aged and scarred skin without penetrating it with needles or using blood-derived products. Just go for the bio-identical growth factors and nutrition in Skin Actives products.

The FDA prohibits using human materials in cosmetics, which is why people go to fake doctors to get these treatments. You wouldn’t buy contaminated food in the supermarket, but some people will get injections of fake Botox and blood-derived materials. And whatever else people get injected into their bodies without good reason. Then, they go to Judge Judy to complain, assuming they are still alive. Judge Judy will dismiss the case because anybody with a hint of a brain should know it’s stupid to entrust your body to an adventurer with an office in an almost empty mall or a hotel room.


Nanda S, Chauhan K, Shetty V, Dashore S, Bhatia S. Platelet-Rich Plasma in Aesthetics. Indian Dermatol Online J. 2021 Nov 25;12(Suppl 1):S41-S54. doi: 10.4103/idoj.idoj_290_21. PMID: 34976880; PMCID: PMC8664171.

Snozzi P, van Loghem JAJ. Complication Management following Rejuvenation Procedures with Hyaluronic Acid Fillers-an Algorithm-based Approach. Plast Reconstr Surg Glob Open. 2018 Dec 17;6(12):e2061. doi: 10.1097/GOX.0000000000002061. PMID: 30656127; PMCID: PMC6326607.


DISCLAIMER: These claims have not been evaluated by the FDA and are not intended to diagnose, cure, treat, or prevent any disease.

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