The HydraFacial is currently one of the most popular skincare trends. The treatment, which must be performed in-office, targets common skincare issues like dryness and wrinkles with virtually no side effects. Fans reportedly include Beyoncé and Kate Winslet.
A medical-grade resurfacing treatment, the HydraFacial clears out pores and hydrates the skin. The four-step treatment, which must be performed by a certified HydraFacial esthetician, cleanses, exfoliates, extracts, and hydrates the skin by infusing serums into pores with the HydraPeel Tip.
"It [the HydraFacial] removes dead skin cells via suction, and at the same time, infuses the skin with hydrating and moisturizing serums," says Dr. Ava Guanche, a board-certified dermatologist based in Los Angeles. "The serums have anti-aging and antioxidant properties and are tailored to address the specific needs of the patients."
During the treatment, dead skin cells and excess sebum are removed. Then, a mix of salicylic and glycolic acids are applied to the skin to dissolve pore-clogging dirt and oil. Finally, the HydraPeel Tip is used to suction out blackheads, dirt, oil, and impurities, while serums are applied to hydrate, plump, and nourish the skin.
HyraFacial treatments hydrate, brighten, plump and clear skin, minimizing signs of aging. "The treatment reduces fine lines and wrinkles, increases firmness, evens tone, texture, and brown spots, plus reduces enlarged pores," says Dr. Guanche.
The HydraFacial has very limited side effects, and virtually no post-treatment downtime. Dr. Ellen Marmur, a New York dermatologist and founder of Marmur Metamorphosis, says that clients can expect some redness immediately after the treatment, but it will quickly disappear.
"Following the treatment, you’ll want to let your skin rest and soak up all of the benefits of the facial for the rest of the day," Dr. Marmur says. "You can wear makeup the next morning and resume your normal routine." Dr. Guanche agrees that although the risks are low, some people with reactive skin may experience irritation from the customized serums.
The HydraFacial is generally suitable for people of all ages and skin types. "This treatment is nice for teenagers with acne, adults with pimples, wrinkles, and hyper-pigmentation, and for older patients with sun damage and even flaky pre-cancerous spots (as part of more serious treatments)," says Dr. Marmur, who adds that patients with active rashes, sunburns, or rosacea, as well as pregnant patients, should avoid the treatment.
Despite the fact that the results of the HydraFacial seem to be immediate, the treatment is intended to benefit skin over a period of time. Dr. Marmur, who recommends getting a HydraFacial treatment every four to six weeks, says the results of the treatment will last longer than other facials. As for getting other skin treatments in conjunction with a HydraFacial, such as Botox and microblading, Dr. Guanche says it is not a problem, though she emphasizes that the HydraFacial addresses different skin conditions.
The HydraFacial can also incorporate different treatments to target individual skincare issues such as aging or dullness. "At Marmur Medical, we incorporate the Marmur Metamorphasis masks along with LED lights to fit the needs of our patients skin type," Dr. Marmur says. "For example, blue LED destroys acne bacteria and works to heal and reduces breakouts. Red (& Green) LEDs assists in wrinkle reduction and rejuvenation of the skin."
The price range for a HydraFacial is between $150 and $300 per session, though costs vary depending on location and treatment centers.