High frequency is one of the best and most underrated skincare tools out there. I’ve been using it for 13 years because it helps my acne spots go away fast! But it also has other benefits. I have a full breakdown blog & video where I go into detail on everything high frequency does but in this post, I’ll mainly just answer the most common questions I get about high frequency.
How often can you use high frequency?
You can use it every day but you don’t have to. I mainly use mine when I feel a zit coming, or I have one I want to go away quickly. If you want to use it for anti-aging then you need to use it daily. You can use it morning or night or both. You may experience dryness if you use it regularly so be sure to use moisturizing products after.
How long do you use high frequency per session?
Use your high frequency device for 15 seconds per area or 5 minutes max per face per session should be plenty. It really doesn’t take that long- I can treat my whole face in about 2 minutes.
What does high frequency feel like and what level should I use?
High frequency feels like a little electric shock- if you’ve ever licked a battery it’s similar to that but more zappy.
Use whatever level feels comfortable. Turning it up on full blast isn’t necessary- you want to feel the electricity but it doesn’t need to hurt to work.
The small one tip that is used to treat specific acne spots is usually the zappiest so I keep it on a pretty low setting.
How to attach the high frequency wand:
- Plug your machine into the wall but don’t turn it on yet
- Grab the wand you want to use and insert it straight into the machine.
- Don’t push too hard and make sure it’s STRAIGHT not at the slightest angle because these are glass and they can break if bent too hard.
- Push all the way in, not too hard- you’ll feel it stop
- Then turn on the device.
Which high frequency device should I get?
The argan gas is purple and is for acne, oily skin, ingrown hairs
The Neon is orange and it’s for building collagen and helping with wrinkles.
Here’s the thing. They will both work.
I used the neon orange one for years and it zaps my acne just fine. I purchased the argan one a few months ago because I wanted to test this theory and they honestly had the same results. I will say that I prefer my new one because the wands are easier to insert but it was also $10 more and the functionality is just as good as my older orange one.
I want to highlight that YOU DO NOT NEED to purchase an expensive fancy one. They are literally the same device- I’ve seen many of these expensive brands using footage stolen from my video with my $30 amazon one in their marketing!
Do you need to use high frequency with gauze?
Using gauze with high frequency is something that is taught in esthetician school. They say gauze is important because it promotes oxygen flow which and the thicker the layer of gauze between the wand and the skin, the more oxygen is circulating and the more efficient and effective the device is.
I disagree. I’ve used my device without gauze for years and have had amazing results. BUT GAUZE DOES help with gliding. I’ve been testing it with gauze for the past few months and I will say I enjoy it more because of the glide but it truly isn’t necessary.
This is how I use gauze with my device:
I use 2×2 Gauze squares that open to 4×4.
Open them up and place it over the head of the high frequency device.
Use a little rubber bands- like the kind for braces or hair and wrap it not too tight bc you don’t want to break the glass.
Should you use a high frequency wand on top of skincare?
You can but it’s not necessary. There is a myth that using this over skincare will help it absorb better and that’s just not true.
I’m gonna get a little technical here but this will explain why:
High frequency utilizes oscillating current and the rate of speed is so high the device doesn’t have polarity so it’s not negative or positive this means that it can’t cause the chemical reaction that’s needed to “help products penetrate deeper”. This is why it doesn’t make a difference if you use it with products.
What does high frequency smell like?
When the device is working you’ll smell a very distinct metallic scent- this is called ozone. This means the device is working because the air around the tube becomes oxygenated.
What does high frequency sound like?
The high frequency machine makes an electrical sounding hum. The higher it’s turned up the louder the sound is. This is normal! If you are using this on a client or a friend I suggest showing them what it sounds and feels like before you apply it directly to their skin.
Do you need to ground the high frequency wand before applying it to the skin?
Grounding is when you turn on the device and apply your finger to the wand. Then apply to the skin and lift your finger off the glass. This is good of you or your client is timid because it slowly introduces them to the feeling but I have a hard time getting behind the other reasons they say grounding is necessary.
Reason 1 is that applying directly to the skin will cause hyper pigmentation, especially without gauze. I am VERY prone to my skin pigmenting and after years of use without grounding or gauze I can honestly say it makes no difference for me.
Reason 2 is you can use the wand to spark.
Sparking the high frequency device is when you hold the device close enough to the pimple but not directly on it to create an arc of electricity that zaps deeper into that direct spot. The way you do this is literally by pulling the device away from the skin for 2 seconds- you’ll feel the zap increase then put it back on. You can tap, which is what I prefer, or just hold it away. This is effective to treat acne spots really fast and it definitely works.
But if you ground your device you would never be creating that arc of electricity so I feel like people contradict themselves when they say that.
Does high frequency remove dark spots or Post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation?
No, I have never noticed that it helps with my dark spots but it can prevent them from happening if you treat the acne spot before it causes scarring.
Can you use high frequency if you have piercings, braces, dental implants, or pacemakers?
Yes to everything except pacemakers. I use this with earrings in and have no issues. I also used to have a permanent retainer and it was never a problem. If it feels wrong though then stop haha.
Will high frequency shrink your pores?
Nothing can make your pores smaller – pores don’t shrink, in fact, they get larger with age BUT you can make them appear smaller by keeping them cleared out from gunk
Things that can help with pore size would be regular exfoliation and adding retinol into your routine.
Retinol is a game-changer in skincare and can help with acne breakouts, wrinkles too!
What should you do after high frequency?
Your full routine- you don’t need to use specific or gentle products unless you’re super sensitive. Listen to your skin.
Can you use high frequency with botox or fillers-
Yes. I have botox and filler and have never had any issues with it moving them or making the results go away faster.
I would wait for at least 48 hours after filler and 72 hours after botox to use the device though.
Alright, those are the most common questions I receive about high frequency. If you have any more questions please leave them below in the comment section and I’ll answer them for you!
Hope this helped clear up your common questions about high frequency! If you have any others please leave them below in the comments.
I recommend purchasing this travel case for it too because the electrodes are glass and you definitely want to keep it protected.
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