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Gain a Competitive Edge With Microcurrent

By: Stephanie Frey
Posted: August 29, 2011, from the September 2011 issue of Skin Inc. magazine.

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Microcurrent frequency. “Each cell, tissue and organ has an ideal resonant frequency that coordinates its activities,” says James Oschman, PhD,of Nature’s Own Research Association in Dover, New Hampshire. Microcurrent frequency (Hz) levels can range from 0.1–1,000 Hz. Specific frequencies induce specific effects on cells and other tissues. In the skin, there is a specific frequency for the epidermis and dermis, collagen production and muscles. There is also a specific frequency for each condition, such as inflammation, scars and secretions. Knowing what microcurrent frequency to use is vital for the treatment to resonate and be effective.

Microcurrent polarities. Microcurrent is a biphasic current that alternates between positive and negative using a variety of different tools. These tools can include gloves, probes, rods, pins, wands or masks. Used properly, they enable you to lengthen contracted muscles, as well as shorten elongated muscles, using a series of contouring movements.

According to the aforementioned Chi study, microcurrent can also encourage iontophoresis, or deep penetration of water-based skin care products, increasing the absorption rate of their beneficial ingredients to as much as 70%. It is important to not use oil-based products with microcurrent because they inhibit current flow.

Microcurrent applications

Because microcurrent stimulates the production of ATP, it can be used to treat virtually any skin condition and can be added to any treatment protocol. Microcurrent brings relief to clients with acne by aiding in the elimination of the Propionibacterium acnes (P. acnes) bacteria, and in the reduction of acne scarring. For clients with fine lines, wrinkles, dark circles, baggy eyes and an overall loss of definition, microcurrent can be used as a stand-alone treatment or combined with LED, microdermabrasion or chemical peels to accelerate the reappearance of youthful, beautiful skin. Contraindications for microcurrent include, but are not limited to, heart problems, pacemakers, pregnancy and implanted metal rods.

Clients must be advised to drink additional water before the treatment to allow for proper conductivity of current, and since lymph drainage is activated with microcurrent, clients will feel nauseous if they do not drink a sufficient amount of water after the treatment. Although you can work on any area of the body, do not work on a client for longer than 90 minutes to prevent overloading their system with the stored toxins in their body that will be released. Microcurrent will continue to stimulate ATP levels for 70 hours after treatment. For this reason, it is suggested that you perform the treatment no more than once every three days. Additional treatments will not hurt the client, but are unnecessary. More current is not better and can actually decrease ATP levels because of the overstimulation of cells, so do not tamper with the machine to increase frequency above the manufacturer’s suggested levels.

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