What is High Frequency and Why Do We Use It?

High Fre­quen­cy is a pop­u­lar skin­care tech­nique that is used to treat a vari­ety of con­di­tions, includ­ing acne man­age­ment, enlarged pores, fine lines and wrin­kles and puffy or dark eyes.

To ful­ly under­stand the con­cept of high fre­quen­cy, it is help­ful to learn about the sci­ence behind its cre­ation and the ben­e­fits it has when used on your skin.


High fre­quen­cy, also known as the Tes­la high fre­quen­cy cur­rent, was first devel­oped in the late 1800s by renowned sci­en­tist Niko­la Tes­la. While it can be used in var­i­ous ways, before the inven­tion of mod­ern” antibi­otics, it was large­ly used for med­ical pur­pos­es, such as the treat­ment of strep throat and oth­er infec­tions. Today, how­ev­er, it is wide­ly used by pres­ti­gious spas and pro­fes­sion­al salons as an impor­tant com­po­nent of many skin­care treat­ment reg­i­mens, pro­ce­dures and pro­grams. Its many ben­e­fits include treat­ing acne, enlarged pores, fine lines and wrin­kles, puffy eyes, dark under eye cir­cles, cel­lulite and, in some cas­es, thin­ning hair. 


All high fre­quen­cy facial machines func­tion by using a glass high fre­quen­cy elec­trode to treat var­i­ous con­tours of the face and body. When applied to the sur­face of the skin, a mild elec­tri­cal cur­rent pass­es through the neon, or argon gas filled glass elec­trode, caus­ing it to emit a sub­tle glow and buzzing noise. Depend­ing on the inert gas that they are filled with, the elec­trodes pro­duce either a neon red/​orange or violet/​blue light. Tra­di­tion­al­ly, acne prone skin is treat­ed with vio­let and aging skin is treat­ed with red, how­ev­er, recent stud­ies show that both are effec­tive regard­less of the skin­care concern.

Dur­ing the high fre­quen­cy treat­ment, enriched oxy­gen mol­e­cules are pro­duced that cre­ate an anti-bac­te­r­i­al action and a nat­ur­al” ther­mal tis­sue warm­ing. This reac­tion helps your blood ves­sels push away tox­ins, while the cells in your skin are enriched with nutri­ents and hydrat­ing vol­ume. This in turn cre­ates an increase in blood cir­cu­la­tion and cell renew­al that sup­ports increased lev­els of col­la­gen and elastin. The skin is left feel­ing instant­ly ener­gized and notice­ably soft­er after just one treatment.

High fre­quen­cy has proven to be effec­tive on almost any skin lesion from acne and burns, to wax­ing pro­ce­dures and cold sores. High fre­quen­cy facials are con­sid­ered to be a safe, gen­tle and ther­a­peu­tic approach to skin reju­ve­na­tion, quick­ly heal­ing and restor­ing your skin’s health.

Sched­ule a com­pli­men­ta­ry con­sul­ta­tion with one of our estheti­cians to see if high fre­quen­cy is right for you. You can learn more about our high fre­quen­cy ser­vices by call­ing the Wheaton Belleza at (630) 547‑5000.

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