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Dr. Alpana Mohta Ranka, MD, DNB, IFAAD, is a dual-board-certified dermatologist with over 90 research publications in peer-reviewed scientific journals.


HydraFacial: Benefits and Side Effects

Updated: 5 days ago

We hear it all the time. You wake up one day, and it seems like the fun, carefree lifestyle of your 20s has finally caught up with you in your 30s. Sun spots, fine lines, dryness, and thinner skin all begin to appear in our 30s, but you do not have to live with it! With the right skincare and dermatologist-prescribed treatment routines, you can improve your skin’s hydration, firmness, and brightness. Enter, HydraFacial.


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What Exactly is a HydraFacial?

HydraFacial uses a patented process and equipment to cleanse, extract, and hydrate your face while infusing the skin with highly-effective serums that we choose to meet your specific skin care needs.

A HydraFacial is a 3-step process:

  1. It begins with cleansing and exfoliation to remove the dead skin cells and impurities from the surface of your skin.

  2. Next, the skin is deeply cleansed using a special solution and gentle vacuum suction to dislodge any impurities and dirt inside your pores.

  3. Finally, serums filled with powerful antioxidants and hydrating hyaluronic acid are applied that can be customized to your specific needs!

Boosters, add-ons that target specific skin problems and are not included in the price of a basic facial, can be added to your regular treatments.

HydraFacial Benefits


HydraFacial moisturizes the skin, leaving it soft, smooth, and plump. It also helps delay signs of aging, such as fine lines and wrinkles, by removing dead cells from the surface.

Firm Skin

Hydrafacial also helps tighten the pores and smooth out texture to prevent the clogging of pores. This TLC for pores translates to no pimples!

Gentle Skincare

The vacuum equipment used in HydraFacial is gentle on the skin and can remove dirt, oil, and dead cells from pores. It also helps deliver deeper penetration of creams applied to the face.

Versatile Skincare

Hydrafacial is a treatment that can improve the appearance of skin across all age groups. For example, it treats acne and hyperpigmentation in teenagers as well as adults suffering from sun damage and wrinkles.

Tailored for Your Skin

Your treatment will be customized to your skin type, texture, and level of damage. The process begins with an analysis of your skin's condition—the experts will adjust the chemical peel recipe specifically for you.

Excellent Safety Profile

The procedure is noninvasive and pain-free. It uses microdermabrasion and chemical peeling to enhance the complexion, so it's safe for all skin types—and excellent at restoring a healthy glow!

Ideal for Sensitive Beauties

To be clear, when I say 'sensitive beauties' I mean sensitive skin, not sensitive mind (stuck-out tongue emoji). Many people with sensitive skin avoid harsh chemical treatments and opt for softer methods of cleansing. HydraFacial is a vacuum-based treatment that cleanses the face without damaging or swelling it.

To increase the benefits of your facial, consider adding one or more of these booster treatments to address specific skin concerns.

- The Britenol Booster

Minimizes the appearance of dark spots and sun spots for an even complexion.

- The DermaBuilder Booster

Reduces fine lines and wrinkles while firming and plumping the skin. This booster can also help reduce acne scarring by creating collagen in your skin over time.

- The CTGF Booster

Increases skin volume while diminishing fine lines, wrinkles and improving elasticity.

HydraFacial Side Effects - What You Should Know

  • When performed by an untrained professional, HydraFacial can lead to various side effects like bruising, inflammation, and persistent redness.

  • If the treatment is done for an excessive amount of time, it can result in bruises, erosions, and healing scars.

  • Another risk of HydraFacial is that when performed on skin with an impaired skin barrier or inflamed and injured skin, it can cause delayed healing and increase the risk of secondary infections.

  • Microtears that occur during the treatment may serve as entry points for bacterial and even viral infections, such as herpes.

  • Avoid HydraFacial if you have any active infections on your face, as the chances of it spreading to other parts of your face increase with HydraFacial. E.g., Active acne, bacterial infections, or fungal infections like Tinea Faciei

To Sum Up

HydraFacial is a more beneficial treatment than a standard spa facial. This treatment not only hydrates and moisturizes your skin but also restores lost luster to give you that radiant glow. Just make sure that you consult a qualified skin care professional before undergoing treatment.


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