High frequency is a very useful, effective, and simple machine that is very beneficial to the client. When used properly, it can be used every day.
The machine consists of a glass electrode that can be used for different purposes. Within the electrode, there is neon or argon gas, and when turned on you can see the color of the gas and hear it. It has an oscillating current that is at a high frequency of over 10,000 Hz. — hence the name.
There are two ways the machine can be used: the direct or indirect method.
The direct method benefits the skin of acne prone clients by minimizing the population of the bacteria on the skin. The electrode is applied directly to the face using talcum powder or gauze to help with slip over the skin. It is most effective against papules — not whiteheads — because there is no chance of the possible spread of bacteria. This is done for about 5 minutes.
The indirect method is much more relaxing, and is more suitable for the mature or dehydrated client. The client holds the electrode while the therapist massages them. It is important to ensure that contact is not lost or else you could shock the client, which is the opposite of relaxing. This method is very stimulating to the skin without drying out or causing overstimulation.
Both of these methods can be done every day, as long as you don’t over stimulate the follicle which could be damaging rather than beneficial.
These machines are sold by themselves or as part of a multi-functional machine.