Thursday, April 20, 2017
Technology Spotlight: High Frequency
"What is this thing doing again?"
When I get a question like this a few times in the treatment room, I know it's time to write a post! I've decided to add some technology spotlights, along with the ingredient spotlight posts I've been doing in the past. This anti-bacterial hero has been around for some time, and with good reason!
Technically speaking: High Frequency is an application of alternating current (also known as Tesla current) to the skin. Application of an electrode filled with argon gas kills bacteria by creating ozone on the surface of the skin. Using an electrode filled with neon will warm the skin surface, increase blood flow and assist in product penetration.
Translation: This technology works great after extractions (usually over gauze) on a clogged or acne-prone skin to assist in neutralizing the bacteria that helps breakouts to thrive. It can also be beneficial to a sluggish or more mature skin that can use some increased blood flow and serum absorption.
Contraindications: This technology is not for use on pregnant women, people with epilepsy, or clients with large metal implants or pacemakers. (This technology has not been found to be unsafe for pregnant women, but we always err on the side of caution with technology as we lack the data to know for sure.)
Bottom Line: A great way to boost the effectiveness of any facial treatment! I love high frequency because it's mostly sub-sensory (minimal sensation), although some do smell a bit of the ozone. It's fantastic post-extraction with skin appropriate serums. I also use it post-wax, with a custom-blended calming/spot treatment serum for those prone to breaking out after waxing.
If there is a particular type of technology you'd like more information on? Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or comment below!
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