What is a Scrubber Ultrasonic Face? How to Use Scrubber Ultrasonic Face
Will you survive the blackheads?
I'm on a mission to banish my blackheads forever. My dry, acne-prone skin condition complicates it. And I constantly try some makeup product that wants to launch me into a life with transparent pores. I tried steamers, pore "vacuums," comedone extractors and those classic pore strips of course. I have been slipping on ultrasonic face spatulas lately, however. Don't let the word, which sounds high-tech, scare you — it's incredibly easy to use. Most specifically, they are accepted by aestheticians.
I reached out to Renée Rouleau, an esthetician who collaborated with Demi Lovato, Emmy Rossum and Bella Thorne to clarify what made this fascinating skin care device a success.
The ultrasonic spatula on the neck helps to clear away dead skin and waste.
"Technically, it's an exfoliation treatment based on water," Rouleau said of the tool, which has a flat form and must be used on wet skin. This operates by triggering ultrasonic soundwaves (28,000 pulses per second), to remove the build-up and debris of dead skin cells.
For those with sensitive skin the face scrubbers are perfect.
Although microdermabrasion may be the most favored form of physical exfoliation, Rouleau said it uses crystals and a system of suction-vacuum which can cause redness and capillaries to dilate or crack. In contrast, an ultrasonic face spatula "is just a very gentle exfoliation technique." She added, "This works particularly well for red or rosacea-prone sensitive skin which usually does not react well to other methods of exfoliation."
It does not substitute certain ways of extraction.
Rouleau told me a face spatula could loosen and jiggle some of the clogging out of the corners of the nose, but it's not as good for flatter areas of the face including jaw, cheeks, and forehead. "Due to the angle and flatness of the spatula being on the surface, you typically don't have good success. It doesn't provide a scooping operation," she said. "This doesn't make it very effective in extracting blackheads. You don't get the consistency as you do with a comedone extractor." Don't use dry skin spatula.
As I said earlier, you need your skin clean. Before using that device, I primed my face with Mario Badescu's aloe mist. "The skin must be held damp constantly for it to function," Rouleau suggested, "Do not have skin moisturizer, only clean and hold skin wet with either water or an alcohol-free toner." It's not as "satisfactory" as more conventional blackhead treatment.
If you're the sort to watch all day videos from Dr. Pimple Popper, the ultrasonic face spatula may not be your favorite product. I used Trophy Skin's Labelle Ultrasonic Skin Spatula across my acne-pronounced regions, nose and chin, and while I saw some gritty material gathering on the spatula (likely dirt and dead skin), it wasn't quite a squeezing encounter. You are not having an ooze. (Gross, sure, but everyone has their own thing.) That said, right after using the scrubber, I noticed my pores appear smaller and smoother. So since you should not press down or squeeze like you would with your hands or a looped metal tool, this means you are less prone to scrape or burn.
Don't use spatula on your face every day.
Sure, the tool is a really mild type of exfoliation, but Rouleau cautioned, "You never want to use any kind of exfoliation, even if soft, every day because you don't want to over-exfoliate. This takes time for the skin to heal."