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The low down on high frequency for acne

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High frequency electrical current was developed by scientist Nikola Tesla in the 1800s, and hasn’t truly been in vogue since the early part of the 20th century. Back then, it was touted as an effective treatment for everything from constipation and obesity to dandruff and deafness. It claimed to put pep back in the step of the businessman, add extra flair to his wheelings and dealings, cure all his ills, and transform him into dynamo of social and professional success – with nary a chilblain to be seen.

We can’t attest to its efficacy in these areas. However, little wifey at home, sneaking a go of his tool after he heads out to wow the world, she was onto something. She discovered the real magic of high frequency: acne eradication.

You see, when it comes to the skin, high frequency is low risk, with big benefits. It doesn’t cause muscle contraction, or scarring. Instead it works through gentle oscillation to increase blood circulation and stimulate collagen and elastin production. Furthermore, if applied correctly, it has a germicidal effect in the pore, eliminating bacterial nasties and helping to exfoliate skin debris, which in turn amps up the results of other products and treatments. It’s an acne fighter’s best friend.

So why isn’t high frequency in every salon, you ask? Well, in all likelihood it is, and has been all along. It just got lost along the way in the barrage of new technology marketed to the consumer. We’ll hazard a guess though, that this is what many a therapist will turn to first in a moment of dermal need. If they have a breakout ahead of an event, you’ll find them out the back high freq-ing themselves. And blind pimples? Hands down the best thing for the little blighters.

There’s really no downside to high frequency – unless you’re expecting it to regulate your bowel movements. It has stood the test of time and proven itself as a remarkable tool in combination with the modern-day science of skincare products and treatments. So we’re doing it. We’re bringing high freq back.

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