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HydraFacial for Acne: Does it Work?

Ellie Taylor
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Everyone knows about the HydraFacial glow, but why aren’t people talking about HydraFacials for acne and acne scarring? Below is everything you need to know about HydraFacial and how it works for acne.

Acne is a chronic condition that causes oily skin, spots and sensitive skin, which may also become hot and painful to touch. Annoyingly, it is incurable, but with HydraFacial, it can be managed significantly.

The symptoms experienced during an acne flare often occur when the hair follicles in the skin become blocked. In acne sufferers, this is because the sebaceous glands – the tiny glands found near the surface of the skin that produce oil to lubricate the skin – become overactive and produce high levels of sebum.

The excess production of oil (known as sebum) causes a build-up of dead skin cells, oil and debris within the hair follicles. This results in whiteheads, blackheads and infected spots, like papules, pustules and cysts, to appear on the skin.

HydraFacial works to decongest clogged pores, reduce inflammation, blemishes, redness and acne scarring. It is the best facial for acne as it helps to restore a clearer complexion, promote regular, healthy functioning of the sebaceous glands and stabilise future oil production.

Below are how the six original, and distinctive steps work to non-invasively and sensitively alleviate acne and its symptoms.

How does HydraFacial help with acne?

There are six steps that HydraFacial employ for treating acne and these are:

  • Detox
  • Cleanse and Exfoliate
  • Brighten and Refresh
  • Extraction
  • Hydrate
  • Stimulate

For treating acne specifically, the Detox step is massage-based to help encourage natural drainage, and improve circulation of the lymph system. In acne sufferers, the lymphatic system can sometimes become sluggish in carrying nutrients around the body and expelling waste and toxins. So, by improving the circulation, your skin will be restored to its former health and ready to fight against acne-causing bacteria.

The second stage, Cleanse and Exfoliate, targets the epidermal layer of skin and, for acne treatments, this is a fundamental part to remove the dead skin cells that contribute highly to breakouts. This step has a dual effect in that first lifts away debris using a vacuum-suction tip and then coats the skin in a cleansing serum bursting with botanical extracts for gentle, but thorough, exfoliation.

Once you have completed the cleansing exfoliation stage, Brighten and Refresh is next. For treating adult acne, this step helps to reduce redness, the appearance of large pores and further decongest the skin to re-establishing a clean and bright complexion. The solution applied to the skin is similar to one used in a chemical peel and is made from various natural antioxidants and peptides. Some of these include glycerine – to help even skin tone and replenish – and vitamin C and bearberry extract to brighten and improve the appearance of acne scars.

Extraction is the next step and a deeply clarifying process. It works to remove further impurities using Vortex-Fusion, a spiral designed HydraFacial vacuum tip, that can dislodge and free deep set bacteria causing blackheads and whiteheads.

Whilst the extraction is happening, simultaneously a mixture of natural anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory agents, like salicylic acid and organic honey, saturates the skin to help improve the symptoms of acne. This part is visually satisfying as you get to see all the gunk being taken out of your skin.

The next stage of HydraFacial’s patented skincare technology is Hydrate. After the deep cleansing, rehydrating the skin is essential. As dry skin can aggravate acne, restoring water retention in the deeper layers of skin helps avoid a future episode. A carefully crafted mix of hyaluronic acid, potent antioxidants and collagen, rejuvenates your skin and helps improve skin health and firmness.

The final step is Stimulate. This part is LED light based and works to stimulate collagen. Collagen is important in the skin’s healing process and keeps the skin looking youthful. For acne scars, artificially activating collagen production can help to repair damaged skin tissue and may smoothen the appearance of any scarring.

HydraFacial for acne specifically is a highly tailored process and the above stages are often modified to help address acne severity that differs from client to client. The main HydraFacial benefits for acne treatment are the personalised ingredient levels used to treat varying skin types and specific acne concerns, e.g blemishes or oiliness, where your facial can be more advanced or more sensitive depending on you.

If you have specific acne concerns, such as acne scars, whiteheads or spots, the best facial for acne scars would be the Acne HydraFacial which includes a GlySal Peel. The GlySal peel is a type of skin peel that contains high levels of glycolic and salicylic acid to deeply exfoliate the skin. It also has resurfacing qualities to reduce the appearance of acne scars.

You could also make your HydraFacial a Platinum facial and personalise it further with a range of added boosters to target scarring. Ask your practitioner about incorporating a retinol based serum to aid skin surface renewal. See HydraFacial for acne scars here.

The best facial for whiteheads would be the AcnePro HydraFacial which has the added benefit of Isolaz. Isolaz is a type of broad spectrum blue light treatment that helps to destroy acne-causing bacteria. As whiteheads are formed by debris and oil closed within the pore, the combined vacuum action and light treatment this HydraFacial employs works to release and extract bacteria. It helps to reduce overall redness caused by whiteheads too.

The best facial for spotty skin is the HydraFacial from our Platinum range. The HydraFacial Platinum Personalised with ZO Skin Health Rozatrol® Booster Serum helps to alleviate redness and is suitable for spot prone, sensitive skin. Rozatrol® is an advanced serum derived from amino acids and created by ZO Skin Health. It can be used effectively in regulating oil functioning and reducing inflammation in acne sufferers. As spots are often caused by excess oil build-up, Rozatrol® helps to remove any surface oil and replenish skin health.

If you’re still unconvinced about the power of HydraFacial, book a free consultation with one of our experts for more information.

Key things to remember

  • HydraFacial is an advanced facial that can help manage the symptoms of acne
  • The best HydraFacial acne results can be seen most significantly in mild cases and should be used regularly for those with severe cases
  • There are a range of different types of HydraFacial to target specific acne skin concerns
  • After the first session, you’ll notice immediate brighter results, intensely clean, soothed skin and a reduction of visible redness, improvement of spot appearance and inflammation

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