The Ultimate Guide To High Frequency Facials To Remove Acne

When you go to your local spa or professional salons you expect skin specialists to treat you with the highest quality products in the skin care industry. Additionally, you expect estheticians to use the latest skin care devices for your cosmetic treatments. And this is exactly what we expected when we were experiencing the breakout of a whitehead. We needed a special solution. 

After evaluating the pimple, the specialist safely drained the whitehead then pulled out the high frequency wand to kill any leftover bacteria. After seeing the results of this device, we knew we needed one at home. Keep flipping as we will cover everything you need to understand about high frequency treatments.

What Does High Frequency Facial Do?

A high frequency device uses a wand to emit electric current to the skin. The currents heat up your oil producing glands to start the process of oxygenation. This process uses targeted thermal energy to kill acne causing bacteria. High frequency treatments are non-invasive and considered to be very safe. The skin rejuvenation treatment can also treat wrinkles, fine lines, enlarged pores, and cellulite on top of fighting acne. 

How Does High Frequency Skin Treatment Work?

The source of the electric current is a glass high frequency electrode in the machine’s wand. The electrodes have gas inside them that generate different wavelengths of light to emit a low level of electricity. There are two types of high frequency electrodes, argon gas and neon gas. The argon fights bacteria using the heat from low levels of electricity. Whereas the neon gas used the electric current to enhance blood circulation to reduce fine lines and wrinkles.

Top 5 High Frequency Facial Treatment Benefits

As time goes on, dermatologists identify new benefits from the latest products and treatments. At this point in time, there are several benefits to getting a high frequency facial. Following are the top five benefits described by experts:

  • Kills Acne Causing Bacteria Safely
  • Lessens Inflammation and Skin Redness
  • Lessens Post-Inflammatory Hyperpigmentation (PIH)
  • Minimizes Enlarged Pores
  • Oxygenation and Improved Blood Circulation

High frequency treatments can tackle many problems for aging skin, including:


When you experience an acne breakout, bacteria is crawling all over your epidermis. This bacteria causes inflammation and growth of the pimple. High frequency treatments have a solution. The current from the high frequency wand with argon gas can kill bacteria safely. It does this by sending electric current into your skin where the heat kills all bacteria on the skin’s surface. Overall, this essential skin rejuvenating treatment is great for acne management.

Skin Inflammation

Another side effect of acne is inflammation and skin redness. One more benefit of high frequency treatments is reducing inflammation and redness on your face. This is possible due to the electric current your skin is stimulated with. The current causes your blood vessels to contract and become more narrow. As a result, there is less inflammation and redness from the change in blood flow.

Dark Spots

Post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation (PIH) is the dark spot leftover after your pimple heals. The dark spots are created because your body produces too much melanin when healing. Melanin is what gives your skin its color. Normally, it can take almost two years for PIH to go away after pimples. However, high frequency treatments can speed up the recovery process for your skin cells. This is possible by the electric current resurfacing your skin. With this treatment, PIH can fade away with significantly less time.

Clogged Pores

Over time, your facial skin goes through churn. The skin cells specifically are born and then they die. This lifecycle is about 30 days long. However, when skin cells die, some cells may still be on your skin’s top layer. Furthermore, the dead skin cells can become trapped in your pores. Once skin cells are trapped, the pores become larger. This ultimately leads to acne. High frequency resurfaces your top skin layer and removes the dead skin. This will free up your pores and minimize their appearance.

Poor Circulation

When mild electrical current passes into your skin, your body goes through the process of oxygenation. This process sends enriched oxygen molecules directly into your skin which benefits your face in many ways. One of which is increasing circulation. The increase in circulation will improve blood flow to reduce any skin redness. It will also allow for better absorption by your skin. Therefore, this will improve the efficacy of the products or treatments that follow high frequency.

Steps For A High Frequency Facial At Home

With new devices being developed, incorporating a high frequency at home is easier than ever. Based on input from board certified dermatologists, the following are three simple steps to properly add this treatment to your skincare routine:

  1. Cleanse And Dry Off Face
  2. Layout The High Frequency Device Wand
  3. Turn Up The Dial And Rub Over Skin Area

Add high frequency treatments at home with these detailed steps: 

#1. Wash And Dry

As you normally would, begin your skin treatment regimen with washing your face with face wash. A facial cleansing brush can also be used to exfoliate during your cleanse. Wash your face for approximately one minute before rinsing the lather away. Next, dry off your skin with a towel or washcloth. You want to make sure your face is dry so that the high frequency will be effective.

#2. Setup

Given at home devices may be different, follow setup directions from the manual provided. In general, you want to insert the electrode into the wand first. Then plug in the machine into your wall outlet and switch the machine on. If this is your first time, take a piece of gauze and place the wand on the area of skin you want to treat. Once you are comfortable with the electrical current you will not need to use gauze. Now you can place the wand on your face.

#3. Apply

To send current to your skin, gently tap the wand on the areas with acne. When you apply the wand to your skin, you will feel a slight tingling sensation. You should be able to feel the current, but it should not be painful. Adjust the electricity accordingly. Finally, rub the wand to the acne area for approximately three to five minutes. Don’t forget to switch the machine off once finished.

BowTied Tip: Rub the high frequency wand over your skin in circular motions. For better results with stubborn acne, drain the pimple before high frequency treatments to kill all bacteria.


Treatment Aftercare

Based on dermatologist input, before you have high frequency treatment you want to be gentle with your face. Minimize the use of any rough facial cleansers. Also, avoid harsh exfoliants as well.

After the treatment, you will want to apply a healing serum first and then moisturizer. The healing serum will speed up the cell recovery process. Finally, moisturizer will prevent your skin from drying out. We recommend using a moisturizer that is appropriate for your skin type.

Putting It All Together

Every year, new devices are being created to help with skin concerns. High frequency, specifically, can help with treating acne on your face. The acne treatment uses electric current to kill bacteria and improve the flow of blood on your face. Additionally, high frequency can be done at home with a few simple steps. We recommend this treatment to take advantage of all of its benefits.

Frequently Asked Questions

How Often Should You Do High Frequency Facial On Your Face?

Depending on the skin issue you want to treat, how often you use high frequency will vary. It is recommended that you use this treatment regularly. Over time, your skin will improve and you should see better results. If you have acne prone skin, you want to use high frequency 3 to 6 times from when you get the pimple. Then continue using until the dark spots go away.

Does High Frequency Help With Ingrown Hairs?

An ingrown hair follicle does not grow above your skin. The hair becomes stuck under your top skin layer. This can lead to infections, rashes, and skin irritation. To prevent this, you can use a high frequency machine after removing the hair. After removing, rub the wand in a circular motion for 3 to 5 minutes around the area of the ingrown hair. Continue using high frequency for 6 sessions, in the area, to make sure no bacteria remains.

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