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Oxygen Facials: Red-carpet Services or Serious Skin Care?

By: Craig Wenborg
Posted: April 29, 2011, from the May 2011 issue of Skin Inc. magazine.
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In the professional skin care setting, oxygen mist driven by an oxygen concentrator is considered a Class I medical device, so this service can be provided by an esthetician. In the medical setting, the use of tank oxygen is a Class II medical procedure requiring physician supervision.

Oxygen facials fit into your business as a service modality, often offered in conjunction with other services. Following are some primary application protocols for a variety of services potentially offered in your facility.

Oxygen following microdermabrasion. Following a microdermabrasion treatment, skin is inflamed and irritated. A hyaluronic complex with carrot seed topical oxygen serum can be used to help the skin retain moisture while tightening blood vessels and reducing redness. Oxygen accelerates dermal collagen production through the stimulation of metabolic processes.

Oxygen following surgery. Surgical procedures involve the cutting of tissue and interruption of vascular structure. Blood containing essential oxygen for tissue repair is interrupted to healing tissue. Applying oxygen mist immediately after surgery helps provide essential oxygen to promote tissue repair. Patients heal faster with less chance of infection when oxygen mist is used daily following surgical intervention. Nebulized oxygen is recommended for greater penetration.2

Oxygen for acne. The stand-alone oxygen facial can be used by estheticians for the treatment of acne. Propionibacterium acnes is an anaerobic bacterium residing deep in the pores. It does not tolerate oxygen. Clients with acne outbreaks usually require several treatments until the issue is resolved. Penetrating to the depths of the pore often requires nebulized oxygen procedures. Clients may develop a comedone as bacteria is expelled from the pore.