Acne Treatment, Cystic Acne

Gaining Clarity With HydraFacial: How It Works To Clear Acne

Having to deal with acne in your teens or adulthood? You aren’t alone.

If you have tried anything and everything under the sun to banish those pesky blemishes, blackheads and oily skin—you might have heard of a highly-rated facial that has been crowned: “the only facial you will ever need.”

HydraFacial is a non-invasive, multi-action treatment that goes beyond your typical facial—combining the effects of hydradermabrasion, chemical peels and painless extraction, it essentially aims to cleanse, exfoliate and hydrate your skin in one power- packed treatment!

And if you know anything about acne, you will know that excessive oil production, clogged pores, the proliferation of P.acnes bacteria and inflammation are all major players in developing acne.

What makes HydraFacial different?

HydraFacial is an FDA-approved, multi-step treatment that sets itself above conventional treatments due to their unique vacuum device that eliminates the need for painful manual extraction.

Using the patented extraction tip, HydraFacial works to suck out all the gunk and grime deep within your pores. Depending on the tip that is used, it offers multiple properties that include 4 key actions: cleanse, exfoliate, extract and hydrate.

Other enhancements including mechanical lymphatic drainage and LED light therapy can also be used in addition to the basic steps to further enhance your skin!

Although it is often compared to microdermabrasion, HydraFacial goes a step beyond—instead of using tiny crystals to manually sand the outer layer of your skin, HydraFacial’s VortexFusion tool gently exfoliates while simultaneously delivering healthy organic acids into the skin.

There have been multiple studies showing the value of adding serums with microdermabrasion, offering greater results as compared to either one being used as a stand-alone treatment. HydraFacial is thus more effective, less irritating and does not dry out your skin as compared to microdermabrasion!

In addition, a 2008 study conducted by a leading U.S. plastic surgeon concluded that HydraFacial is highly effective for facial rejuvenation and improving skin quality. In fact, HydraFacial has shown better results in skin rejuvenation than other common skin treatments like IPL!

How does HydraFacial work to treat acne?

To understand how HydraFacial treats acne, it is important to first understand the 5 key steps:

Step 1: Cleanse and Exfoliate: removal of dead skin cells to uncover fresh and brighter skin.

Step 2: Acid peel: helps loosen and dislodge dirt and debris without irritation.

Step 3: Extraction: draws out impurities and bacteria in a painless manner.

Step 4: Hydration: healthy ingredients are Vortex-Fused into the skin to nourish and hydrate the skin.

Step 5: Protection: the skin is saturated with HydraFacial daily essentials for maximum hydration and longer-lasting results.

Essentially, HydraFacial helps to main optimal skin hydration while opening up the pores and destroying harmful, acne-causing bacteria and pore-clogging agents—making it an effective solution for managing adult acne by putting a halt to the active acne cycle!

The VortexFusion tool that is used also provides a gentle yet stimulating massage to drain any fluid buildup in your lymph nodes, boosting the circulation of oxygen to your cells to rev up its’ ability to eliminate toxins and improve your complexion.

The use of salicylic acid and glycolic acid in the acid peel (two ingredients commonly used in acne treatment products) also works to renew the skin and draw out impurities to keep your pores squeaky clean.

At the end of your treatment, you should be able to notice smoother skin, fewer breakouts, smaller pores and a clearer complexion! This is what makes HydraFacial an essential and popular acne treatment at our clinic!

Why you need to try HydraFacial

Unlike treatments like chemical peels and ablative laser treatments that can cause significant redness and irritation, HydraFacial comes with zero downtime and is a completely painless procedure that offers consistent results!

It is an ideal treatment for patients of all skin types, including teenagers who are experiencing acne and even older adults facing sun damage and dull, tired skin.

The only exception is if you are currently pregnant or experiencing an active rash, sunburn or rosacea flareup—other than that, HydraFacial is a universal treatment that appeals to a wide variety of patients, including you! 

The best part about HydraFacial is that your treatment can be tailored exactly to your specific needs and goals. The cocktail of ingredients or boosters applied to your skin post-extraction can be customized by your doctor to target acne, wrinkles, hyperpigmentation or excessive oil production. These ingredients include hyaluronic acid, growth factors and antioxidants that all work to revive and restore youthful, glowing skin!

Depending on your skin type and condition, your doctor can choose from a range of exfoliation levels and tips to provide your skin with exactly what it needs. And given that the treatment is safe and gentle to your skin, there is never a need to worry about unwanted or prolonged side effects.

“Glow” the Distance with HydraFacial @ The Clifford Clinic

Hydration is the foundation of healthy, radiant skin.

At The Clifford Clinic, we are proud to offer HydraFacial to patients who want to achieve benefits such as:

  • Hydrated and nourished skin
  • Smooth out fine lines and wrinkles
  • Tighten and unclog pores
  • Improve hyperpigmentation
  • Destroy acne-causing bacteria
  • Improve and refine skin tone and texture

The entire treatment takes just 45 minutes to complete, and best of all, compared to traditional facial treatments, HydraFacial offers instant results from the very first treatment, where your skin will see progressive improvements with each session.

Potential side effects include slight irritation, itching or redness which usually subsides within a few hours. Post-treatments breakouts are also rare unless you are suffering from severe cystic acne. This makes it an ideal treatment for busy professionals and working adults!

In the case of acne, our doctor combines HydraFacial with Alphalight—a treatment while applies photodynamic (PDT) therapy to destroy deep-rooted bacteria.

It is recommended that you continue to go for maintenance sessions once a month if you want to maintain your luminous glow and healthy, hydrated skin!

At the end of the day, achieving remarkable results all boils down to the doctor, their experience, knowledge and ability to customize your treatment plan and keep future acne at bay.

Experiencing chronic or cystic acne can be a debilitating issue, but our doctors here at The Clifford Clinic have more than 40 years of combined experience dealing with the most stubborn acne cases and are dedicated to delivering you with the results you want in the safest, most comfortable and professional environment.

Do note that HydraFacial is not the best treatment for acne scarring; however, our doctors can recommend a combination of laser treatments such as Vbeam and Q-switch to help get rid of your acne scars.

Patients facing severe acne and damaged pores may also benefit more from potent solutions such as our AGNES, SECRET RF and Fractional CO2 acne laser treatment that can be done as part of a comprehensive acne treatment plan.

At our Clinic, HydraFacial is a key component and also the first step of our acne treatment program, which is followed by an acne laser treatment, localized acne treatment and finally, topical and oral therapy.

For skin that looks more fresh, radiant and healthy—contact us to book your HydraFacial appointment today!

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