When you find a facial you love, your first instinct will be to get that treatment as often as possible so your skin can continue to look better and feel softer. But you know what they say – too much of a good thing isn’t good. It’s the same with aesthetic treatments. If you want to get the most out of your facial, the best thing for you to do is to stick to a regular treatment schedule so you can enjoy long-lasting results. At the Advanced Dermatology Center in Wolcott, CT, we’re happy to answer all of your questions about our spa treatments, including the best frequency for HydraFacial.
How Often Can You HydraFacial?
The easy answer is that you can have HydraFacial treatments about once a month, or once every 4 weeks. This is the general frequency that is most compatible for most people and that can generate the best skin-boosting benefits. One treatment every 4 weeks is typically powerful enough to address a broad range of aesthetic concerns, from anti-aging to acne-control.
Why Might You Have This Treatment More Frequently?
However, while the average 4-week frequency might be best for more people, there are a couple of reasons why your treatment frequency might be closer together. For example, for those who have acne-prone skin and oily skin types, it might be better to have this treatment once every 2 to 3 weeks. The closer frequency might be useful for your initial treatments to get your skin condition under control. Here’s why:
Acne is more than a pimple here and a blemish there. Acne also refers to a collection of symptoms, such as dryness, redness, irritation, enlarged pores, whiteheads, blackheads, and pustules. Acne can also cause uneven skin tone with post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation and uneven skin texture with dry skin and acne scarring.
Using this facial treatment more frequently may help control acne-causing bacteria on the skin surface as well as help speed up the ability to shed dead skin cells that contribute to acne development. Additionally, acne scars caused by uneven collagen distribution and enlarged pores from past acne flare-ups may improve because of the way this treatment stimulates collagen production.
Oily skin is another reason why it may be best to have this treatment more frequently. Oily skin is caused when sebum is produced too quickly in the dermal layer and is usually caused by hormonal fluctuations or, interestingly, as a healing response to skin that has been dried out. Getting oily skin under control is important since excess sebum can cause acne breakouts, as well as make it more difficult to wear cosmetic products.
Does Skin Cell Turnover Determine Frequency?
While 4 weeks might be ideal for most people, it’s also true that your rate of skin cell turnover may determine which frequency for treatment is best for your skin needs. Your skin cell turnover refers to the body’s natural ability to shed dead skin cells and create new skin cells. However, the rate of how quickly you can shed dead skin cells slows as you age, which means that you may require this treatment less frequently if you have mature skin.
What Happens to Skin During Turnover?
The average person has a skin cell turnover rate of 28 to 40 days. This process happens to all of the skin cells on the body, including the face, the scalp, and the bottom of the feet. During this process, the natural synthesis of collagen and elastin perpetuates the cycle of old skin cells being replaced with new ones.
Is Quicker Turnover Better?
Generally speaking, having a quicker cellular turnover is a sign that you are in good health and that the proteins within your skin are functioning at optimal capacity. Quicker turnover is more common in younger people, people who exfoliate their skin, as well as people who use certain products, such as Retinol, acid exfoliants, and Vitamin C. Faster turnover is associated with anti-aging benefits and a more even complexion.
How Does Acne Impact Turnover?
The skin cell turnover process is continual, sensitive to shifts in hormones, and can have malfunctions that lead to difficulty shedding dead skin cells, which can block pores and cause acne. When you have acne-prone skin, one of the major contributors could be your skin’s natural inability or slow ability to shed dead skin cells.
The evidence of how acne impacts skin cell turnover can be seen in post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation. When you have a break-out, the result of the healing is usually a pigmented patch on the skin, sometimes dark or red, that is left after inflammation. People with acne-prone skin will likely have experienced post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation that lasts for several weeks, sometimes months.
How Long Do the Results of This Treatment Last?
The results of this treatment can last for varying lengths of time. For example, your initial results will be immediately obvious for about 1 week after treatment. However, the more often you use this treatment, the longer your results will last. This treatment is an excellent option for long-term skin improvement.
What Are Results Like?
The goal of this treatment is to rejuvenate the appearance of the skin, particularly to correct superficial skin concerns that disrupt even skin tone and texture. This is done by infusing the skin with nurturing serums while simultaneously extracting pollutants from the skin surface. The results of the treatment include better hydration, improved skin elasticity, reduced fine lines and wrinkles, and diminished dryness and dark spots.
How Can You Prolong These Results?
As with any treatment, most patients have the desire to protect, enhance, and prolong their results for as long as possible. Since this is a treatment that addresses skin health, the goal to prolong the results of the treatment are also centered on boosting the health of the skin. This can be done by increasing natural hydration, using the right skincare products, and using sun protection.
Your skin requires moisture to remain healthy and to produce adequate levels of collagen. But when we talk about skin hydration, most people only think about moisturizing the outside of the skin – however, keeping the sub-dermal layers of skin moist is also important. Skin experts know that adequately hydrated skin can also more quickly flush toxins, such as acne-causing bacteria, from the skin surface.
If you want to prolong the results of this hydrating facial, it’s ideal if you drink an adequate amount of water each day to remain hydrated. For most people, that amounts to about 48 to 64 oz of water every day.
Using the right skincare products is also important to maintaining your results. The types of skincare products best for your skin are those that address your primary aesthetic concerns and protect the health of your skin. For example, if you are mostly concerned with anti-aging, your skin would not benefit as much from products best-suited to treating acne.
At our practice, we use Skin Type Solutions to help you identify the skincare regimen that is most appropriate for your skin concerns and goals. Skin Type Solutions is a skin analysis that pinpoints your exact skin type and skin issues so you can use products that are best for your skin health. We also use Skin Better Science, a line of prescription-strength skincare products that are backed by scientific studies to promote skin health, wellness, and perfection.
Regularly using sunscreen to protect your skin from potentially harmful UV rays is important on multiple levels. Not only does sunscreen prevent premature aging by blocking sunlight rays, but it will also prevent hyperpigmentation and dark spots from developing. Most people should use SPF 30 or greater for adequate protection from the sun.
What Treatments Can Be Combined With This One?
While facials are effective for treating most superficial skin concerns, they are sometimes not enough to treat moderate or severe aesthetic concerns, such as dynamic wrinkles or pronounced skin laxity. For this reason, it may be prudent to combine this treatment with other aesthetic treatments at our practice, such as:
- Chemical peels
- Dermal fillers
- Medical-grade facials
- Thread lift
Any of these treatments can be safely combined with your regular HydraFacial treatments to create a more comprehensive effect, particularly if the majority of your appearance concerns are related to aging. For example, dermal fillers can restore lost skin volume in the hollows of the cheeks, while neurotoxins can relax dynamic wrinkles on the forehead and around the mouth. Combined with the skin-perfecting results of this facial, you can enjoy cohesive anti-aging results.
Should You Alternate Treatments?
For patients who want to use Medical Grade facials or chemical peels, it might be necessary to alternate your treatments or use only one treatment until you achieve your desired results. The nice thing about this facial is that it can maintain the results of other treatments, which means that it can easily be used between other facials to enhance and prolong results.
If you want to add any additional treatments to your treatment plan, please let one of our expert aestheticians know so we can generate a plan that will meet all of your skin needs and appearance goals.
What Are HydraFacial Benefits?
In addition to having long-lasting, fast-acting, and skin-perfecting results, there are several other benefits for this treatment that are attractive to prospective patients. For example, there is no downtime associated with this treatment, and very little you have to do to prepare. The treatment itself is also quick, usually taking no more than 30 minutes to complete. Some other benefits include:
This is a painless treatment that involves only the use of patented vortex wand technology to simultaneously exfoliate, extract, and hydrate skin. Many patients consider this all-in-one peel to be one not unlike a facial massage.
Compatible With Sensitive Skin
This is a treatment that is compatible with all skin types and tones – including sensitive skin, which is sometimes too reactive for other types of treatments, including chemical peels and other facials. Sensitive skin tends to be easily irritated, but this treatment is ideal for soothing the skin as it hydrates and nourishes.
This treatment is also customizable because the choice of serums used in your treatment is selected with your exact skincare needs and goals in mind. In other words, we design the treatment around your skin to prioritize your skin health, which is why this treatment is ideal for treating skin conditions of all types.
Is This Treatment Right for You?
If you are interested in perfecting the superficial appearance of your skin, controlling acne breakouts, and reducing sebum production of oily skin, then this treatment is likely a good choice for you. You may be a good candidate for HydraFacial if you want to:
- Soften fine lines and wrinkles
- Improve skin laxity and firmness
- Perfect tone and texture
- Treat acne and blemishes
- Diminish dark spots and hyperpigmentation
Hydrate and Perfect Your Skin for a Radiant Glow With Hydrafacial Today!
Regulating your skin cell turnover might be the most important thing you can do to promote the health of your skin. When it comes to perfecting the skin surface and addressing all of your superficial skin concerns, HydraFacial is the best option for many patients. Contact the Advanced Dermatology Center in Wolcott, CT to schedule your consultation today!