My favorite part of any facial is not the masks, not the peels, not the extractions (okay, maybe a little bit), but the devices. When an esthetician comes at me with any sort of futuristic tool—mircocurrent, radio frequency, bio brasion—I can’t help but feel giddy. As a frequent sufferer of hormonal chin breakouts, most of my facials end with a dose of high frequency. It all happens so fast, but when the esthetician runs that humming rod across my skin, I know I’ve had a successful treatment. In fact, I’ve often felt that if I could take that magical tool home, I wouldn’t need the professional facials at all (sorry, estheticians—you know I still love you). Little did I know I could keep that acne-ending gadget right in my medicine cabinet.
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High frequency treatments kill bacteria and reduce inflammation, hence the acne-fighting benefits. High-frequency treatments also increase circulation to stimulate collagen, making the treatment an effective anti-aging and glow-boosting tool, too.
The tool itself looks like a stick with a little bubble on the end—that bubble is the electrode. The electrode produces argon gas (a gas that’s good for your skin) and emits a small electrical current. When applied to the skin, professional esthetician Kerry Benjamin says it generates oxygen, kills bacteria, and calms inflamed skin.
According to Benjamin, it’s safe for everyday use. Depending on the severity of the acne, she says you could spend up to 15 to 20 minutes per day using the device, or as little as five minutes for smaller areas. Here’s how you use the tool:
1. Thoroughly wash and dry your face, and apply your serum. Benjamin suggests one with epidermal growth factors (like her own StackedSkincare EGF Activating Serum, $135, or Nurse Jamie EGF Platinum 3 Restorative Facial Elixir, $198) because growth factors speed up healing.
2. Cut a small piece of gauze and place it on your face.
3. Insert the electrode into the wand, place over the gauze, and turn it on.
4. Turn the dial up on the wand until you feel a slight tingling sensation. “You should feel it, but it should not be painful,” Benjamin says. “Don’t crank it on too high, or you will dry out the acne too much.”
5. Move the wand over the acne lesion in circular motions, working on each area for no more than three to five minutes. “You can also ‘spark’ the acne by tapping the tip of the wand on the acne a few times, and then move in circular motion again,” Benjamin says.
6. Once you’ve hit all the spots you need to, finish by applying your moisturizer.
Want to see it done step-by-step? Check out Benjamin’s video tutorial on how to use her at-home high-frequency device.
UC-3500 Professional Portable High Frequency Machine ($239)
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