HydraFacial: When Dermabrasion Meets Hydration

by Edie Pastis


HydraFacial™ treatments might be just what patients need to achieve radiant, smoother, replenished, younger-looking skin— quickly and non-invasively. The product of Edge Systems Corporation, a U.S. medical aesthetic device company, HydraFacials were first introduced in 2005 and have continued to gain popularity and positive reviews since. But how do HydraFacials work? Are they right for you?

What are HydraFacials?

HydraFacials are marketed as a means of non-invasive skin resurfacing and skin rejuvenation. HydraFacials reportedly can treat a variety of skin issues simultaneously, including acne, fine lines and wrinkles, hyperpigmentation, uneven skin tone and clogged pores.

Medical spas and dermatologists who provide HydraFacials recommend it for patients wanting to improve skin texture and quality, and remove minor surface imperfections. HydraFacials are effective, but also gentle enough for sensitive-skinned patients. HydraFacials are fast, pain-free, and safe for all skin types.

After the HydraFacial debuted at the American Academy of Dermatology’s Annual Meeting in 2005, it won Skin Inc. Magazine’s industry equipment "Best of the Best" award in 2006, and was nominated again in 2007 and 2008. HydraFacials were even featured in InStyle magazine in 2009 as the "hottest celebrity pre-bridal facial".

About the HydraFacial Treatment

HydraFacials slough off dead skin cells, remove skin impurities, and simultaneously hydrate new skin cells as they’re exposed. HydraFacials use a tiny, brush-like applicator that comfortably sweeps over facial and neck skin. The device simultaneously suctions up dead skin cells and extracts dirt and sebum, while applying a gentle acid peel and conditioning serums.

HydraFacial treatment sessions can be as brief as 15-20 minutes. Afterwards, patients may apply makeup and immediately resume their normal activities. Because HydraFacials combine an acid peel with other conditioning solutions, they are reportedly gentler than standard chemical peels.

Many HydraFacial patients notice an improvement in their skin’s look and feel right away. To achieve optimal skin rejuvenation results, most patients are advised to get four HydraFacial treatments at minimum. The cost of HydraFacials can vary based on region and skin care clinic, but a price of $150-$185 per treatment is fairly standard.

Customizing Your HydraFacial

Skin is treated with customizable skin serums during a HydraFacial procedure, so your skin can get exactly what it needs.

According to the HydraFacial website, skin solution options include:

  • DermaBuilder™ peptide complex
  • GlySal™ acid peel
  • Activ4™ skin solution
  • BetaHD™ skin solution
  • Antiox-6™ skin solution

Each of these HydraFacial solution options has different skin enhancing properties that are recommended for specific skin conditions and problems. The DermaBuilder is alleged to improve skin’s elasticity and firmness, and to remove fine lines and wrinkles. Its peptide complex works to stimulate skin fibroblasts, which produce skin elastin and collagen for a smoother, firmer skin appearance.

The HydraFacial with GlySal peel combines salicylic and glycolic acids to trigger faster skin cell turnover, which helps patients shed dead skin cells faster, minimize wrinkles, and treat acne breakouts. Patients should be left with more vibrant, hydrated skin afterward.

HydraFacials that incorporate the Activ4 skin solution are recommended for improving uneven skin tones, treating hyperpigmentation and brown spots, and overall skin rejuvenation.

The BetaHD serum is intended for oily, acne-prone skin types. Not only will the HydraFacial BetaHD remove dirt, oil and impurities, its salicylic acid formula can aid with whitehead and blackhead extraction.

The Antiox-6 serum is a vitamin-enhanced solution that provides free-radical protection and deep hydration. Antiox-6 contains vitamin E, vitamin A, hyaluronic acid and white tea extract, to strengthen and moisturize HydraFacial patients’ skin.

Are HydraFacials Right for Me?

To determine if HydraFacials are right for you, its recommended to consult with a licensed, experienced skin care provider in your area. They can help ascertain if HydraFacials will yield the type of skin enhancement results you want and need.

If you are seeking a non-invasive treatment for fine lines, acne, uneven skin tone, clogged pores or hyperpigmentation; if your skin often reacts poorly to strong chemical peels and standard dermabrasion treatments; if you have naturally dry and/or sensitive skin, then HydraFacials might be right for you.

Other popular non-invasive skin rejuvenation treatments include Microdermabrasion, IPL Photofacial, and Fractional Laser Resurfacing.

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