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Hydrafacial: Frequently Asked Questions

by Ellen Lucas

According to the American Academy of Dermatology, approximately 50 million Americans live with acne each year. Many people treat acne and other skin troubles, including acne scars and fine lines, with traditional facials. However, did you know there are other types of facials that can provide unique benefits to your skin in a matter of minutes? Hydrafacials are one of the latest innovations in skin care science and this unique treatment can give you the beautiful, glowing skin you have always wanted.

Here are the answers to some frequently asked questions you might have about hydrafacials.

What Exactly Are Hydrafacials?

Otherwise known as a hydradermabrasion, a hydrafacial is performed by a dermatologist or a licensed aesthetician at a medical spa. The multi-step process is intended to gently exfoliate, deep clean, and deeply hydrate the skin. 

To begin, the aesthetician or dermatologist will use a specialized wand to gently clean and exfoliate the skin. This helps eliminate the upper layers of dry skin and open up the pores, which helps get rid of the dirt and oils trapped in the pores. Next, the technician will use the same wand to apply a mixture of acids, typically salicylic and glycolic acids, to gently remove oils and dirt that are buried deep inside the pores.

With the pores have been cleaned and opened, the next step involves using gentle suction to remove blackheads and other impurities. You will experience minimal discomfort during this step. Finally, a hydrating serum is applied to the face. Because hydrafacials are so gentle, you can easily return to work or your daily life after the appointment.

What Are the Benefits of Hydrafacials?

In addition to deep cleaning your pores and leaving your skin with a dewy glow, there are several other benefits to hydrafacials, including the following:

  • Treat acne, acne scars, and blackheads. If you suffer from acne, scarring, and blackheads, hydrafacials is an ideal treatment because the procedure thoroughly cleans out your pores.
  • Anti-aging. The combination of gentle microdermabrasion and hydrating serum can help lessen the appearance of fine lines.
  • Works for all skin types. Hydrafacials are very gentle, and the products used are suitable for any skin type, including sensitive skin.
  • Able to pair with other treatments. From fillers and injectables to laser treatments, hydrafacials are so gentle that you can have this treatment done in conjunction with other procedures.

One of the best benefits of hydrafacials is the consistency and the fact that you will see results almost immediately.

How Can You Care for Your Skin After a Hydrafacial?

There is no downtime after your hydrafacial. However, properly caring for your skin between treatments will help ensure the positive effects of the procedure last even longer. Here are a few tips to help you properly care for your skin after a hydrafacial:

  • Avoid extreme temperatures or direct sunlight for several days after the treatment.
  • Use the cleanser recommended by your dermatologist or aesthetician the day after the treatment.
  • Apply sunscreen with at least 30 SPF to your face daily.
  • Avoid over-the-counter acne treatments for several days after the hydrafacial.
  • Avoid treatments and products with acids, such as glycolic acid, for several days after the procedure.

Your aesthetician and dermatologist will also recommend using certain prescription acne medications or facial treatments for several hours after the treatment. Depending upon the technician's recommendations, you should schedule your hydrafacials every few months.

From reducing the appearance of acne and blackheads to making your skin look younger and dewy, there are several reasons why you should schedule a hydrafacial. Contact a dermatology office that offers hydrafacials to learn more.