Hydrafacials & Skin Health: What Is It, Does it Work, and Are There Hydrafacial Side Effects?

If your skincare routine isn’t cutting it anymore, then you could benefit from a deeper facial process that cleans, exfoliates, and hydrates your skin. HydraFacials are getting incredibly popular thanks to the benefits they provide for all different skin types, so here’s some essential information that you need to know before booking an appointment with us.

What is a HydraFacial?

First, let’s clearly explain what a HydraFacial is and how it works.

A HydraFacial is a patented skincare treatment that is offered by dermatology offices, medical spas, and beauty offices across the US, Mexico, and the globe. 

HydraFacials are a three-step process that cleans, exfoliates then hydrates your skin. It’s a professional procedure that can be used for a variety of skin conditions such as acne, wrinkles, and also dryness. It’s a non-invasive procedure because there’s no need for surgery, making it no different from a regular facial that you might get from a spa. However, because it’s performed with a special mechanized wand, it offers far better results.

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The wand simultaneously cleans your skin while exfoliating and applying a special serum to help keep your skin clear and supple. The solution itself changes based on the beauty office and it’s also customized to match your skin type. As such, a brief consultation takes place before the procedure to ensure that you get the best results.

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HydraFacials can seem like the next overhyped procedure, but the reality is that it’s extremely potent at revitalizing your skin. Read on to find out more about HydraFacials, or consider getting in touch with us today if you have any questions or would like to book an appointment.


The HydraFacial Treatment Process: Removing Dead Skin Cells and Debris

The HydraFacial treatment process is fairly straightforward and is typically carried out by a licensed aesthetician.

It starts with the mechanized wand that helps to clean your skin. The device removes dirt, oil, and debris from your pores. It also uses a peel that helps to exfoliate your skin and resurface it.

They will then begin to extract debris from your pores. This works similarly to a vacuum. It gently sucks air to remove dead skin cells and dirt that were created during the initial cleaning process.

Lastly, the wand is used to apply a moisturizing serum that contains a variety of different ingredients and antioxidants. The serum itself is usually customized to your skin type to ensure that it doesn’t aggravate your skin conditions or cause flare-ups.

HydraFacials can be followed by other skincare treatments, but these aren’t considered a part of the HydraFacial. We suggest contacting us regarding packages and follow-up treatments if you want something in addition to a HydraFacial.

The Benefits of a HydraFacial for Skin Tone & Appearance

HydraFacials offer similar benefits to a typical facial. However, the end results are typically much more potent. The main benefits of a HydraFacial include:

  • A deep clean of your skin and pores to remove debris.
  • Allows for better penetration of skin serums.
  • Improves the texture of your skin.
  • Creates a more even tone on your face.

All of these benefits contribute to a vastly improved facial appearance but also help to make your typical skincare routine more effective because it helps to remove debris and clean pores.

This makes your at-home serums more effective, meaning you don’t need to try various different products and you can stick with your regular routine.

HydraFacials can also help with common skin conditions.


Rosacea is a chronic skin condition that causes small pus-filled bumps to form on the skin. When it flares up, it can be particularly bad and usually affects the skin on your nose, cheeks, and forehead. Rosacea is a sensitive skin condition and it’s difficult to find cosmetic treatments that are safe for people with it. However, a study from 2006 showed that techniques similar to HydraFacials may improve papulopustular rosacea, a common form of rosacea that typically affects middle-aged women.

Acne & Acne Scars

While there are no studies that indicate a HydraFacial is a potent acne treatment, it has been long believed that microdermabrasion techniques offer a minimally-invasive way to treat acne and acne scars. This is because they penetrate the skin and offer a deeper exfoliation that unclogs your pores and removes dead skin cells at a much deeper level.


Similar to acne, dead skin cells can also cause blackheads to form. While this is a non-inflammatory type of acne, it does affect the appearance of your face, can lead to enlarged pores, and reduces the effectiveness of certain skincare products and cosmetic treatments.

As such, microdermabrasion techniques together with exfoliating and extracting methods can actually help lessen the appearance of blackheads.


There’s some evidence to suggest that HydraFacials can help to reduce the signs of aging. The results were comparable to those that only used expensive serums on their skin. It was measured in the reduction of pore size, lowered hyperpigmentation, and also a reduction in fine line wrinkles across the face.

HydraFacials aren’t a new procedure, but they’re slowly growing in popularity which means that more testimonials and research will be carried out in the future to help solidify HydraFacials as a procedure with plenty of skincare benefits.

If you’d like to learn more about HydraFacials then we highly recommend you contact us. Our consultation will help analyze your skin and any conditions you’re facing, then we can offer helpful advice on what results and benefits you can expect from a HydraFacial.


Are there any Hydrafacial side effects to be aware of? What if I have sensitive skin?

A HydraFacial is a fairly simple process that involves cleaning, exfoliating, and hydration. As such, there are no complex chemicals involved as with chemical peels. The serums used contain similar ingredients to those that are used at home. If you don’t experience side effects with your regular skincare routine, then it’s unlikely that you’ll face any complications with our HydraFacial procedure.

Regardless, we value transparency when it comes to our clients, so here are some potential side effects that you may encounter depending on your circumstances.

  • HydraFacials may cause an active rash or skin condition to flare up, such as rosacea or heavy acne. Before having a HydraFacial, we highly recommend that you seek a consultation with our experts.
  • The mechanized wand may put some slight pressure on your face. This isn’t enough to cause pain or redness, but it may be a little uncomfortable for some people.
  • If you have sensitive skin, then it’s possible that a HydraFacial can cause a breakout. This is because it clears all of the impurities and dead skin from your cells, but this can cause issues with some sensitive skin types in rare circumstances.
  • Lastly, you may be allergic to certain ingredients that we use in our serums. This can cause your skin to break out and may cause a rash depending on your circumstances.

Before any procedure, we ensure that all of our clients go through a consultation to assure our clients understand their skin and health conditions. This drastically reduces the chances of any kind of side effects.

Do I need to get regular HydraFacial treatments?

This will depend on your circumstances and skin condition. Since every client is different, we make sure to offer a personalized treatment plan that ensures long-lasting results with minimal downtime.

In general, you should expect to have a HydraFacial treatment every 3 to 5 weeks depending on your skin condition.

Of course, there are many factors that could change this. For example, if your at-home skincare routine is particularly thorough, then you may only need a HydraFacial every two months or more.

If you have a skin condition, then you may need more frequent treatments, or you could alternate between a HydraFacial and another treatment that specifically targets your skin condition.

Is there any downtime or aftercare involved with a HydraFacial?

No. A HydraFacial session takes no more than an hour and there is no downtime. After having the treatment, you can resume your normal activities and there’s no redness or peeling to be concerned about, as with chemical peels. Chemical peels can cause redness and require you to take a small break from using any skincare products.

However, it’s a good practice to avoid exfoliating your skin after a HydraFacial. We suggest that you wait a couple of days before you do any kind of additional treatment, especially if it involves removing dead skin cells.


Contact Vida Wellness and Beauty Center for more information

If you’d like to learn more about HydraFacials, we’d love to hear from you and answer your questions. As a specialist in HydraFacial treatments, we understand that you may have reservations and concerns that need to be addressed before you book an appointment.

Our thorough consultation is carried out by leading skincare procedure experts that will help you ease your worries and explain any potential issues that you’re concerned about.

Don’t hesitate to contact us today for more information about HydraFacials or any of our other cosmetic procedures.

Dr. De La Fuente

Dr. De La Fuente is our board-certified Dermatologist practicing at VIDA Clinic in Tijuana. He specializes in Cosmetic Dermatology, Laser treatment & Non-invasive procedures, Medical Dermatology and Surgical Dermatology. He is a member of the Mexican Academy of Dermatology, Mexican Board of Dermatology, Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates, American Academy of Dermatology.