Hydrafacial Treatment

There are many skin treatments available that offer deep cleansing and exfoliation, such as HydraFacial. This patented skin treatment is often available in medical spas and dermatology offices, sometimes referred to as “hydradermabrasion” due to the microdermabrasion-like exfoliation that is used along with hydrating serums.

A male client undergoing HydraFacial Treatment.

What is HydraFacial?

HydraFacial is a deep-cleaning and exfoliation three-step process that also hydrates the skin. It’s a non-invasive, patented, and professional procedure that helps treat a variety of skin conditions, such as acne, dryness, and wrinkles.

While similar to a regular facial a person may have done at a spa, it utilizes specialty equipment, like the mechanized wand, and professional techniques to deliver a more dramatic and immediate result.

HydraFacial Treatment Benefits

There are many reported benefits to having HydraFacial treatments, improving overall skin texture, appearance, and tone. This is due to the exfoliation removing debris and cleaning the pores out, allowing the face serums that are tailored to the skin type to penetrate better.
Many people who use HydraFacial treatments report:

  • It’s better for acne. While there are no clinical studies that highlight HydraFacial for acne, microdermabrasion techniques have long been considered effective for acne and acne scars.
  • Helps clear blackheads. Dead skin cells help to create blackheads, a type of noninflammatory acne that can benefit from exfoliating and extracting methods.

HydraFacial vs. Other Treatments

There are many skin treatments available to clear out dead skin, pours, and help with cosmetic skin conditions alongside HydraFacial. However, there are key differences in approach that should be highlighted:

  • Dermalinfusion: Using similar technology as HydraFacial, both cleanse, exfoliate, and deliver personalized serums to the skin. However, dermalinfusion is reported to cause some redness and irritation after treatment.
  • Microdermabrasion: Like HydraFacial, microdermabrasion exfoliates the skin but uses small crystals and no serums.
  • Radiofrequency Therapy: This skin care treatment uses heat energy in deep skin tissues to increase collagen production to promote tighter, smoother skin, and can help with acne scars. The approach is substantially different from HydraFacial as it doesn’t exfoliate or use serums.
A woman having a HydraFacial Treatment.

How HydraFacials Work

HydraFacial is different from other skin care treatments in that it must be performed by either a dermatologist or licensed aesthetician and involves three parts:

  1. The provider uses a vortex-like wand against the skin, clearing away dirt and oil from deep within the pores. Following the wand, a peel is used to help exfoliate and resurface the skin.
  2. A vacuum-like attachment is placed on the wand to extract debris from the pores.
  3. With a pen-like attachment on the wand, a moisturizing serum with antioxidants, personalized to the patient’s skin, is used.

Following treatment, people notice smoother and more radiant skin, often with a more even skin tone.