April 28 2020
High frequency has proven to be effective on almost any skin lesion from acne and burns, to waxing procedures and cold sores. High frequency facials are considered to be a safe, gentle and therapeutic approach to skin rejuvenation, quickly healing and restoring your skin’s health.
What is a high frequency facial?High frequency, also known as the Tesla high frequency current, was first developed in the late 1800s by renowned scientist Nikola Tesla. While it can be used in various ways, before the invention of "modern" antibiotics, it was largely used for medical purposes, such as the treatment of strep throat and other infections.
Today, however, it is widely used by prestigious spas and professional salons as an important component of many skincare treatment regimens, procedures and programs. Its many benefits include treating acne, enlarged pores, fine lines and wrinkles, puffy eyes, dark under eye circles, cellulite and, in some cases, thinning hair.
Who is high frequency good for?High frequency facials have given cosmetologists a safe and gentle alternative to more invasive and expensive skincare treatments. High frequency facials have been shown to produce an immediate and temporary lifting effect, and with continued application, provides more cumulative long-term results. Acne sufferers have also found improvements in their complexions after only a few days of high frequency use. For anti-aging, results may vary by individuals and are gradual, but most report a beneficial, positive effect over time.
How does it work?
All high frequency facial machines function by using a glass high frequency electrode to treat various contours of the face and body. When applied to the surface of the skin, a mild electrical current passes through the neon, or argon gas filled glass electrode, causing it to emit a subtle glow and buzzing noise.
During the high frequency treatment, enriched oxygen molecules are produced that create an anti-bacterial action and a "natural" thermal tissue warming. This reaction helps your blood vessels push away toxins, while the cells in your skin are enriched with nutrients and hydrating volume. This in turn creates an increase in blood circulation and cell renewal that supports increased levels of collagen and elastin. The skin is left feeling instantly energized and noticeably softer after just one treatment.
Depending on the inert gas that they are filled with, the electrodes produce either a neon red/orange or violet/blue light. Traditionally, acne prone skin is treated with violet and aging skin is treated with red, however, recent studies show that both are effective regardless of the skincare concern.
Argan vs Neon Electrodes
Traditionally, argan electrodes are used to treat acne prone skin. An extremely small amount of ultraviolet light is emitted when the violet electrode comes into contact with the skin. Such brief and low level UV exposure is considered safe and non-damaging while providing thorough anti-bacterial and healing benefits. These benefits comes forth due to the fact that Argon is denser than air and displaces oxygen, this is part of the reason why after using high frequency the sparked bacteria is eliminated and emits an Ozone smell.
Orange electrodes ( Neon) are generally sought after for the treatment of aging skin because they direct more warmth to the treatment area therefore promoting blood circulation, encouraging cellular turnover rate and improving product penetration. Liquefied neon is commercially used as a cryogenic refrigerant (‘natural preservative’). Therefore the application of such gas into the pores has shown an ability to ‘preserve youth’ or reduce signs of aging by stimulating fibroblasts and collagen production.
Electrode ShapesThere are also various electrode shapes made to further improve the effectiveness of treatments. For example, a straight electrode is best used for the eye area, small targeted points, and cystic acne spots. A mushroom electrode has the ability to cover a larger surface area this tip is the most beneficial to use for cheeks, forehead, neck, chest, and back. The tongue electrode has a unique curve which makes an easy reach tool for cheeks, forehead, neck, and scalp. The comb electrode has marvelous benefits for the scalp, and stimulates hair in order to reduce thinning.
Our High Frequency facial wands can effectively re-texturize and rejuvenate your skin in the comfort of your own home. With continued use, these devices are just as effective as those used by spa professionals.
How often and for how long should I use the system?
We recommend treating with high frequency no more than once per day. Total treatment time should not exceed 5 minutes per day for specific facial area. Treatment of general body area including scalp should not exceed 20 minutes per day. The recommended treatment time will vary depending on your skin type and individual concern(s). More frequent application or applying beyond recommended treatment time will not enhance results and may cause redness. Use the system according to the usage guidelines for best results. High frequency can be drying especially during the winter months. If you find that your skin gets too dry with treatment, we recommend restricting your treatment to once every 4-5 days and following up with a quality moisturizer.
How quickly will I see results?
Some will notice a difference after one treatment (improved skin tone, tightening effect, improvement in the appearance of acne) while others will require more treatments to recognize the full benefits. As is true with any holistic, in-home skin rejuvenation system, results are cumulative and can vary by individual skin type and concern. Each treatment builds upon the last. High frequency can also greatly maximize the benefits of your current creams, lotions and serums by helping them to absorb much more deeply below the dermis than if you simply use them on a standalone basis. If you have been disappointed by the performance of your existing skin care product line-up, use the device in conjunction with them and notice the difference.
Is high frequency treatment safe?
High frequency treatment is considered a safe, easy and gentle skin rejuvenation technology however please review the precautions noted below.
Why can't I see a glow within the high frequency electrodes?
The violet "glow" is very subtle and will only activate when the device is turned on and the treatment bulb is touched to the skin. If you are unable to see the violet glow, take the device to a darkened room and gently touch the treatment bulb to your skin.
Should I use a conductive gel with high frequency?
Using a special conductive medium during high frequency treatment to improve glide is not necessary and will not improve the performance or benefits derived from treatment. For best results we advise applying your favorite skin care lotion, cream or serum to your skin prior to high frequency application (for anti-aging treatment). Those with acne-prone skin can apply their acne lotion or cream following high frequency treatment to avoid redness associated with over-drying the skin.
For acne treatment, what type of topical should be used with the system?
The enriched oxygen molecules produced by the device not only produce a cleansing and purifying effect but they also exfoliate the skin. Because acne creams contain ingredients that can sometimes be overly drying on the skin, we recommend applying them following high frequency treatment rather than before. You may find that you will want to eliminate your acne topicals entirely depending on your skin sensitivity. The best approach is to test your skin's tolerance and reaction to using a topical in addition to high frequency. High frequency will greatly enhance the performance of any acne topical that you choose to use.
For anti-aging treatment, what skin care products should be used with the system?
We recommend that you simply use your favorite anti-aging and acne products. For best results, we recommend using non-oily products with hydrating properties and those that contain peptides. Those with aging skin and acne can equally benefit from following up with a good Hyaluronic Acid Serum Serum after treatment which is non-oily (won't clog pores or cause acne) and boosts the moisture level in your skin at the same time. High frequency can greatly maximize the benefits of your current creams, lotions and serums by helping them absorb much deeper below the skin than if you simply use them on a standalone basis. If you have been disappointed by the performance of your existing skin care product line-up, using this high frequency device in conjunction with them will result in a noticeable increase in their performance!
Will I feel the electrical current on my skin?
High frequency is a low level oscillating current that can be very soothing, relaxing and revitalizing. A slight tingling or zapping will be felt during treatment. Facial sensitivity rates vary from individual to individual. You can lower or raise the intensity during treatment to suit your personal comfort level by adjusting the power dial on the unit. The device is effective even at the lowest intensity setting so it is not necessary to use an extremely high power level to achieve maximum benefits from treatment. For best results, the key is treatment consistency (i.e. using the system regularly and according to the usage guidelines).
Who is this device for?
The system is designed for spa and salon professionals in addition to home users with past experience both administering and receiving high frequency treatment. Whether you are looking for a tool to fight the signs of aging, or a one and for all solution to acne breakouts, it is a safe, natural and gentle alternative to expensive cosmetic treatments, plastic surgery and harsh acne topicals.
Can I combine high frequency with other treatments?
Yes. Many customers have realized amazing results by combining their high frequency treatments with many other safe and gentle skin rejuvenating technologies. High frequency works on skin toning rather than muscle toning. If you plan on using muscle toning machines such as microcurrent, galvanic and/or ultrasonic we recommend using high frequency FOLLOWING these applications so that your skin will realize the full benefits of combined treatment. Other treatments such as light based red and blue LED therapy may be used prior to or following high frequency, or depending on your personal preference.
Does high frequency treatment hurt?
No. Unlike other invasive treatments such as cosmetic surgery, high frequency skin care treatment is very safe and does not cause any discomfort or pain. If you are new to the application of high frequency, it may take some time to get used to the gentle buzzing sensation experienced during treatment. Because high frequency can sometimes be drying to the skin (especially during the winter months) we suggest following up with a quality moisturizer following treatment to prevent against any discomfort due to redness. Clients with acne prone skin will want to use an oil-free moisturizer following treatment.
Can I use AHA, Glycolic Acids or other harsh products with the system?
Not recommended! These products are designed to thin out the skin and reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles however they can be extremely drying and should not be used in combination with high frequency treatment. On its own, high frequency promotes a natural exfoliation of the skin using enriched oxygen molecules and is a much more gentle rejuvenation process. For anti-aging and the treatment of acne we advise using hydrating products in conjunction with the system rather than harsh drying ones. If you are intent on using AHA or glycolic products with the system, we advise using them sparingly following high frequency treatment rather than before!
Can I use high frequency on my areas of rosacea or to treat spider veins?
We recommend against using the system on skin that is prone to excessive amounts of broken capillaries or rosacea. Having a few broken capillaries or small areas of redness is fine. Simply avoid treating these areas.
Can I use the system during pregnancy?
As a precaution, we recommend avoiding high frequency treatment during pregnancy. If in doubt, please consult your physician.
Can I use the system if I have a medical condition?
Do not use this system if you have a pacemaker or other electrical device. If you have any other medical conditions, please consult with your physician prior to using this system.
What is the difference between the orange and violet electrodes?
Traditionally, violet (argon) electrodes have been used by skin care professionals to treat acne prone skin. It is important to note that the violet electrodes do not in any way, produce harmful UV rays as the light that they emit does not fall within the skin damaging ultraviolet spectrum. The orange (neon) electrodes are generally used to treat aging skin because they are said to direct more warmth to the treatment area which improves product penetration, promotes blood circulation and encourages cellular turnover. For the treatment of thinning hair and to promote healthier scalp conditions, we recommend using the violet electrodes to cleanse the area and rid of follicle blocking bacteria and the orange electrodes to promote blood circulation.
How should I clean the glass electrodes?
The best way to clean your high frequency electrodes is with a soft damp cloth. Rubbing alcohol may instead be used to remove stubborn residue such as oil. If using the system to treat multiple clients, always thoroughly disinfect electrode using rubbing alcohol after each use to avoid spreading infection.
Not recommended for use with AHA, glycolic acid or alcohol-based products
Avoid areas of broken capillaries, spider veins and rosacea.
Avoid wearing metal jewelry during use to avoid shock.
Never operate unit if bulb is cracked or broken
Avoid using near water or combustible substances. Do Not Use Internally (i.e. In Mouth, Nose, Etc).
Avoid using near the center throat area (thyroid)