Do hydrafacials really work?

Effects included decreased pore size, reduced hyperpigmentation, and decreased fine lines. For those unfamiliar, the hydrafacial is essentially an exfoliating, microdermabrasion, and moisturizing mask in one. Unlike the medieval torture of typical extractions, the HydraFacial method uses the wand, but with a new attachment, to suck dirt out of the pores. Overall, the two studies found that a microdermabrasion treatment combined with topical antioxidants (similar to what you would find in HydraFacial) was more effective than each alone.

In addition, to work with the machine, optional peels and serums (added for an additional fee) that can be administered during a treatment must be purchased through the company Hydrafacial. There is some old research to suggest that the premise is effective, although the designated research on HydraFacial itself does not exist. But you should avoid a HydraFacial if you have an active rash, sunburn, or moderate to severe acne or rosacea, says Gretchen Frieling, MD, a certified dermatopathologist in Wellesley, Massachusetts. According to the HydraFacial website, a HydraFacial is performed every 15 seconds and is currently available in more than 80 countries, including the United States.

Because Hydrafacial (Edge Systems) has invested a lot of money in marketing, the brand has received a lot of media attention. The company Hydrafacial has created the latest twist in microdermabrasion, and they call it “Hydradermabrasion” or “Vortex technology”. Instead, the HydraFacial device is a huge machine with several attachments that spin, suck and spin. Proponents of the trendy treatment, called HydraFacial, consider it a way to pursue and maintain long-term skin health, making it more than just a typical spa treatment.

This is a treatment that combines microdermabrasion with antioxidant serums, and is similar to HydraFacial, but this study was not conducted on the HydraFacial treatment itself. Hydrafacial is a good treatment, but it's ONLY an exfoliating treatment with or without a very gentle exfoliation, with a few hundred dollars to pay for the brand.

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