Everything You Need to Know About High Frequency!

By Kelsie Matthews, L.E.


What is high frequency?

High frequency is a common facial treatment that is used for rejuvenation of the skin as well as treating acne. The device used is typically a glass probe that combines electrical current with argon or neon gas inside. When the electric current passes through the probe, the gas emits an orange or violet light that is applied to the skin. The Probes come in many different sizes and shapes in order to treat areas such as the full face, acne spots, or the scalp. 

What is high frequency used for?

High frequency uses either orange neon gas or violet argon gas depending on what conditions are being targeted in the skin. They both promote an increase in blood flow as well as oxygen in the skin to aid in anti-aging. 

Orange neon gas is used for:

  • Producing collagen
  • Blood circulation
  • Increased oxygen
  • Reducing oil in the scalp
  • Reducing fine lines

Violet argon gas is used for:

  • Killing P. acnes bacteria (the bacteria that causes acne)
  • Shrinking pores 
  • Preventing acne breakouts
  • Reducing oily skin 
  • Blood circulation
  • Increased oxygen

Why would I choose to get this treatment vs. others?

The best part about the high frequency treatment is that there is no down time afterwards. It can be done by itself, or added on to any facial treatment. Occasionally there can be slight redness after, but there is no bleeding, swelling, or peeling once you’re done. As far as during the treatment goes, it’s painless as well. There can be some tingling or vibrating sensation, but no major discomfort. High frequency is also very quick and can be done in under 10 minutes for the full face, making it an easy treatment to get done on a regular basis. 

Who can get this treatment done?

Since this is a non-invasive treatment, there are very few people who cannot receive high frequency treatments. These are the contraindications:

  • Pregnancy
  • Metal pins or implants
  • Metal dental fillings, retainers, or braces (Causes metallic taste in mouth and slight discomfort. Can be done up to the discrepancy of provider/patient.)
  • Epilepsy
  • Pacemaker
  • Jewelry (must be removed before treatment)


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