Flame facials – Reader Laura Comments

Reader Laura Question:
“This has to be one of the scariest things I’ve heard about in awhile: flame facials. I can’t see any benefits from setting your face on fire and many ways to harm yourself.”

Women will always seek out the hottest new beauty treatments in the pursuit of youth. But a new fire facial being performed in Chinese beauty salons means treatments are literally hotter than ever. Therapists at the salons are offering women the terrifying new treatment – dubbed the flame facial, also known as Huǒ liáo – where open flames are used to stimulate cell regeneration and youthify the complexion. The therapists apply a towel soaked in alcohol and a so-called ‘special elixir’ to the skin before setting fire to the area.


The idea that people will put themselves at risk doing that which seems crazy is hard to swallow. Using flame on the face looks like movie sideshow antics. It makes for flashy news copy, but I wouldn’t recommend it.

The Chinese apparently thought this one up.

Best Regards,

John Di Saia MD