High frequency is definitely is a definite must have to be incorporated into every facial. The current produced by the electrode sort of resembles a plasma ball. It lights up with two colours, either argon (red) or blue depending on which electrodes used. They each have their own benefits. Argon light is normally used for mature skin and helps with skin rejuvenation whereas the blue light kills the acne-causing bacteria known as propionibacterium. It generates tiny electricity pulse much like static electricity.
This static electricity then travels through the air and it ionizes the air it passes though, creating ozone (or three molecules of Oxygen) which possesses strong oxidation or germicidal effect. By expelling carbon dioxide into skin, the skin is able to absorb more oxygen, which allows better circulation. By strengthening cell functions you improve the clarity and quality of the skin, giving it a more beautiful, clear and youthful appearance.
I tend to work the device longer (around 7-10 minutes) on the T-zone, this essentially helps eliminate access sebum production which is what makes open pores more apparent. For dryer parts, I tend to work the device for a shorter period (around 3 minutes), this actually helps stimulate sebum production. For those have oily/ acne skin, I would normally use an oxygenating cream with a gauze layered on top of it.
Depending on the type of electrodes you have, you could use a high frequency tool on your scalp. It’s really effective for those who suffer from dandruff, scalp acne/ pimple (papules/pustules), oily/ dry scalp, and even helps with blood circulation and stimulate hair growth- as it bring fresh nutrients to the hair follicles.
As an aesthetician, I own a high-frequency device and I try to use this on myself once a week. There are some websites i.e.: Amazon which retails handheld high frequency devices. However, I would advise you against purchasing them unless you have been trained to use them. Many times I have witnessed the misused of these machines that may have detrimental effects to your skin. Some get burns, while others just dry out their skin severely by using it incorrectly. Therefore, I would highly recommend that you book a high-frequency facial with your local beauty therapist/ aesthetician.
Here are some of the benefits of High Frequency:
- Makes pores appear smaller
- Aids desquamation (exfoliates dead skin cells)
- Stimulates lymphatic drainage
- Improves blood circulation
- Reduce appearance of fine lines
- Eliminates acne causing bacterias (blue electrode)
- Improve skin care product absorption
- Stimulates hair regrowth