Going for a facial when you have acne can be a frightening experience – especially when you come out of it with red, irritated skin, or even worse – next-day eruptions.
Hydrafacial is a medical-grade facial that is different from your typical salon facial – providing cleaning, exfoliation, peeling and extraction benefits squeezed into a single 1-hour session – it is deemed to be a beauty-cure for those who are currently supplementing it with a trustworthy acne-fighting routine.
What is Hydrafacial?
Hydrafacial is a brand that utilizes proprietary technology and tools to offer a treatment that goes beyond the superficial layers of the skin. The basis behind Hydrafacial is hydradermabrasion – and it works in 5 key steps:
1. Cleansing & Exfoliation
2. Acid Peel
Using a handheld, patented “vacuum” device – it is able to target and treat your skin without the painful and skin-irritating process of manual extraction; helping to clear dead skin and debris from your skin effortlessly.
Serums and boosters are then applied to focus on specific skin concerns; saturating the skin with antioxidants and peptides for that final glow.
Hydrafacial is the perfect mix of a chemical peel and a microdermabrasion – with the added benefit of an abundance of hydration. In fact, you can notice an increase in skin hydration levels from 16% to 94% in just one session! Other benefits include improved firmness and texture, as well as reductions in oil and pore size – something that acne sufferers will absolutely love to hear.
In 2008, a study conducted with 20 female volunteers showed that hydradermabrasion effectively improved skin quality as compared to simply applying serums topically – showing the effectiveness of Hydrafacial!
Why is it good for acne?
The key to preventing acne is keeping your skin clean, and the first step of Hydrafacial aims to address this: utilizing salicylic and glycolic acid – 2 well-known ingredients known to be helpful in improving acne.
Contrary to popular belief, hydrating the skin is actually key to combatting acne, as your skin doesn’t have to overproduce oil in order to hydrate the skin and keep it in the healthy range of moisturization.
In addition, clearing your pores regularly is just as important – given that clogged pores is one of the key determinants that leads to inflammation and acne.
Not only does Hydrafacial tackle all the above – it also works great in creating a more even skin tone overtime, including improving pigmentation such as acne scars.
The best part is – no painful extractions are required as part of the treatment! The vortex-fusion technology is enough to unclog your pores and eliminate all the gunk, without all the squeezing – while still being able to deep cleanse your pores just as efficiently!
Hydrafacial @ The Clifford Clinic
At The Clifford Clinic, we enjoy using Hydrafacial as part of a holistic acne treatment for our patients, due to the consistent results that it brings. With over 20 years of experience in treating all kinds of acne – our doctors have set up a proven way of treating acne; starting with facial treatments, and followed by laser treatments, selective follicle treatment, and topical and oral therapy!
Remember: facials do NOT serve to treat acne at its root cause, which is why we highly recommend a combination treatment for the majority of our patients.
Depending on your primary concern at the moment, we are able to prioritize a treatment plan based on a list of solutions we offer – including acne laser treatment, subcision for acne scars, as well as acne scar removal to keep your condition under control.
If you wish to customize your very own Hydrafacial – consult us today and let us have a discussion on how to bring your skin to the next level!
Who is the ideal candidate for Hydrafacial?
Anyone can go for a Hydrafacial, as it is designed to provide many skin and aesthetic benefits that many regular facials can’t offer.
Since it is a highly customizable treatment, our doctors will be able to tailor the serums and boosters used during the facial to cater to your specific skin type and concern.
However, if you are currently facing active rashes, sunburns or rosacea, we highly suggest first seeking consultation with our doctors to see if you are suitable for treatment.
What is the difference between a Hydrafacial, chemical peels and microdermabrasion?
Although they may seem similar in certain aspects, the main difference is that microdermabrasion utilizes manual extraction, which can cause redness and inflammation on acne-prone skin. In addition, chemical peels uses acids that are most effective on lighter skin tones.
Where Hydrafacial differs is the fact that it is able to cleanse in a much gentler but deeper way than a manual extraction (sans the pain), and also works effectively on all skin types and tones!
What other solutions can be combined with Hydrafacial?
At The Clifford Clinic, we like to combine Hydrafacial with other injectables and laser treatments including V-beam, Q-switch and AGNES to treat acne at its source, as well as improve any pigmentation or scarring.
How often should I get a facial?
It is highly recommended to get a facial every 3 – 4 weeks if there are specific concerns that you are targeting, such as acne. The best way is to get your doctor to advise a facial routine that is suitable for your specific skin type and goals.