As a present to myself this winter, I decided to try getting a Hydrafacial. In the past, I haven't had the best experiences with traditional facials. In fact, the last one left me so traumatized and scarred (literally and emotionally) that I swore to never get one again. But when I heard about Hydrafacial, I was intrigued.
What is Hydrafacial?
Hydrafacial claims to be a "hydradermabrasion" procedure that's suitable for all skin types. It's a device that uses serums to cleanse, extract, and moisturize the skin, leaving it - as the name implies - super hydrated.
This is a gentler approach than traditional microdermabrasion, which blasts the skin with grit to exfoliate it. With Hydrafacial, the device uses "vortex technology" to simultaneously cleanse your pores while injecting them with potent serums.
My Review of Hydrafacial for Sensitive Acne-Prone Skin
Hydrafacial is meant to be suitable for all skin types, even sensitive acne-prone like myself, and I did find this to be true. Unlike other facials which have left my skin red, raw, and hypersensitive for days, I felt fine right away after my Hydrafacial. My skin was definitely a bit red for a few hours afterward, but it subsided quickly.
The treatment itself was relatively relaxing and not painful at all. There was a slight suction feeling from the Hydrafacial device, but nothing uncomfortable in the slightest. My esthetician also did some extractions and used a specialized light to kill acne-causing bacteria and prevent breakouts after the fact, which I would recommend if you can request it.
The biggest result I noticed after doing Hydrafacial was how plump and hydrated my skin was! It felt super smooth and hydrated, as if it had been injected with water. This feeling lasted only a few days though, which is why I think this is a good "pre-event" treatment. The effects aren't particularly long-lasting, and unless you're getting Hydrafacial frequently I don't think you'll see very many long-term results.
On the upside, the facial did not cause me to break out or have any other adverse reactions (this could also be due to the light my esthetician used).
My Hydrafacial cost $200 which, from some light research, seems to be a pretty standard price. Did I think it was worth the money? For a special event/pampering facial or a "treat yourself" moment, definitely! But I wouldn't invest my money in Hydrafacial as an ongoing treatment for my particular skin concerns, which are acne and acne scarring. My esthetician echoed this sentiment, and mentioned that a peel would probably benefit me more (something I'm going to look into!)