Are HydraFacials Dermoi Approved?
HydraFacials use hydradermabrasion. While there's some evidence that hydradermabrasion can increase skin rejuvenation, and it is also milder than traditional microdermabrasion, hydradermabrasion is still an abrasive method that will compromise the skin barrier.
Hydradermabrasion combines chemical peeling and extraction. The treatment also includes multiple passes, so you’re not doing this just once you’re doing it 4 times. As a result of the multiple passes, there is extreme potential to leave people red, raw, and sensitive.
Due to the potential irritation caused we would NOT advise you have the treatment if you have sensitive, acne-prone, or rosacea skin types as this may make conditions worse.
For these reasons, HydraFacials are NOT dermoi.
- Eve Casha, Dermoi's Chief Scientific Officer
The Risks of Having a HydraFacial Treatment
HydraFacial side effects in the short-term include an immediate skin breakout. Many skin experts refer to this as 'purging'. This occurs as impurities in the deeper layers of your skin rise to the surface due to the treatment. The temporary breakouts often cause spots and whiteheads to appear across the face. This is something to note, if you wish to receive treatment prior to an event.
Furthermore, due to them being relatively new to the skincare scene, HydraFacial side effects in the long-term have yet to be determined. Resultantly, increasing worry is spreading among leading dermatologists.
Furthermore, thanks to their 'instant' skin rejuvenating effects many people are becoming hooked on the treatments, prompting many to undergo the treatments regularly. The amount of people having HydraFacials often once a week or more has skyrocketed in recent years, giving rise to seriously worrying adverse effects.
Many people who received a hydra therapy facial reported being left with broken veins, uneven skin, dark pigmentation spots and even acne, following regular treatment. Model Sophie Anderton also reported skin thinning following her use of salon beauty treatments.
Sophie was left with paper-thin skin which meant that when she exposed herself to the sun afterwards, she developed dark brown blotches all over her face. It took months of intensive treatment with specialist creams to get her skin back to normal.
- Andria Vassiliou, Founder of Cetuem Skincare
Is a HydraFacial Worth It?
HydraFacials cost on average between £150 and £250 in the UK. Is a HydraFacial worth the money? Our advise is no!
As we listed above, the short term effects of HydraFacial treatments can be very damaging. What's more, the perceived 'smoothing and hydrating' benefits only last for around 5-7 days.
In terms of the long-term effects, there is no evidence to suggest that they improve skin health. On the contrary, research and scientific guidance suggests that they may in fact cause permanent damage to the skin in the long term.
To summarise, we wouldn't recommend receiving a HydraFacial treatment. While there's some perceivable benefits, the risks go hand-in-hand. Furthermore, potential long-term effects of HydraFacials include skin thinning, uneven skin pigmentation and age spots.
Sensitive skin types, as well as those who have acne-prone skin should certainly avoid the treatment due to its potentially irritating nature.