Do you wake up every morning dreading looking in the mirror in fear of discovering yet ANOTHER huge, painful pimple. Or worse, multiple new cysts every day. If this is you, I hear you! It WAS me when I was a teenager. My face was always sore, I was embarrassed of my skin and I was a picker! (How do you think I got into this business?!?) It was so bad I eventually went on Accutane. Knowing what I know now, I probably wouldn't have taken it, but as a self conscious teen, I would try just about anything to make it stop. Now that I am armed with more information I am going to share my top picks for at-home treatment devices that deliver real results.
#1- High Frequency Current-
High Frequency Current works by sending electricity through an argon gas filled electrode, thereby creating Ozone around the tip. Ozone is pure oxygen (O3) and guess who hates Oxygen? Acne Bacteria! High Frequency current effectively kills surface bacteria, stimulates circulation and lymphatic drainage to help detoxify the skin, and enhances product penetration. Now that's what I call an Acne Fighting Machine!
#2- Blue Light Therapy
Blue Light Therapy is a more recent technology that is used to decrease inflammation, particularly in Cystic Acne, and kill Acne Bacteria. Blue Light has a wavelength of 400-480 nm which allows it to reach just into the pores of the skin. This stimulates specialized cells to destroy P. Acne Bacteria cell membranes, thereby killing acne bacteria. This treatment is recommended to be used 2-3 times per week for peak results in about 4 or 5 weeks.
#3- Ultrasonic Scrubber
Ultrasonic Scrubbers send super fast vibrations through a blade like tip. When passed over wet skin it vibrates the water molecules so fast it essentially "power washes" the surface of your face. It is powerful enough to blast off excess oil and dead skin cells, and in the hands of a skilled professional, can be used to extract the most stubborn blackheads without having to squeeze. Can you feel the power?
#4- Ultrasonic Facial Brush
Much like the Ultrasonic Scrubber, these facial brushes use incredibly fast vibrations in conjunction with your cleanser to fully remove all traces of makeup, oil and debris from the skin. Ultrasonic Facial Brushes run the gamut in price, but don't be fooled. More expensive doesn't really mean better. The expensive brushes don't prove to be much if any, more effective than an oscillating brush. For more sensitive skin types I recommend one with a silicone brush head to avoid aggravating any inflamed skin conditions such as Cystic Acne or Rosacea.
As alway, don't hesitate to reach out to me with any questions you may have about how to use these awesome little gadgets and where to find them. Comment below and I'll get back to you ASAP!
Laura Has been an Esthetician since 2003, started working for herself in 2008 and took the leap into business ownership in 2018. She strives to bring you the truth about skincare and take the guess work out of your cosmetic purchases.