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Cryotherapy for Acne: How Cryo-Facials Can Help

Let’s be honest, we all want clear skin. This is especially true for those that struggle with acne and other facial skin problems, but even individuals with clear skin want clearer skin. No matter which side of the spectrum you land on, wanting clear skin shouldn’t be too much to ask.

While there’s no direct cure for acne, there are a variety of ways to manage and control it. Some people see it disappear, some people see it reduced, and some people continue to struggle with it. Since everyone’s body is different, you never truly know which one you are until you try.

With that said, there’s a growing amount of interest, research, and fascination with using cryotherapy for acne relief. Better known as Cryo-Facials, we’re going to break down everything you need to know about this new trend and how it can help you with your struggle with acne.

So, what exactly is acne?

Before we can discuss the benefits of cryotherapy on acne, it’s important that we understand what acne is and how it develops on our skin. Knowing why it forms can help you better prevent its development in the future, giving you more control over your skin health and appearance.

With that said, acne is one of the most common skin conditions that affects nearly 40-50 million people in the United States alone, according to the American Academy of Dermatology Association. It occurs when hair follicles and pores become clogged with oil, dead skin cells, bacteria, and more.

If the follicle closes up, it creates a whitehead. If the follicle remains open and it’s exposed to air, it creates a blackhead. If the follicle is inflamed or infected, it creates a pimple. Your stress, diet, medication, and certain hormonal changes can increase the chances of acne developing.

What Is a Cryotherapy Facial?

Now that we understand what acne is, let’s make sure we’re all on the same page about what a cryo-facial is -- especially since it’s a newer advancement in the cryotherapy space. Many people haven’t been introduced to it yet and there’s a growing amount of confusion around it.

Cryotherapy refers to any type of cold therapy that involves freezing temperatures between -30˚F and -34˚F. There are a number of different applications, including whole-body cryotherapy with a cryochamber or isolated cryotherapy with ice packs, an ice bath, or a cryo-facial.

As the name suggests, a cryo-facial is nothing more than cryotherapy isolated to the face. A probe is used to release gentle bursts of freezing vapor or liquid nitrogen onto the skin. Once the skin freezes, it creates a domino effect of reactions in the body that contribute to the benefits of cryotherapy.

Can You Undergo Cryotherapy for Acne Relief?

We know what acne is and we understand what a cryofacial is. By now, you’re likely wondering how a cryofacial can help those struggling with acne. After all, what does freezing temperatures have to do with the acne on your face? Can it seriously help you find peace with your acne? In most people, yes. There are three main goals with acne treatment and that’s to help heal lesions, prevent new lesions from forming, and avoid scarring -- cryotherapy can benefit each of those three goals. Let’s take a look at how cryo-facials can help those living with acne problems:

  • Cryotherapy can cause the skin to peel (light freezing), blister (moderate), or scab (hard) -- effectively removing a layer of skin in the affected area.

  • Cryotherapy stimulates the production of collagen, which tightens your skin pores and helps keep toxins and bacteria from entering.

  • Cryotherapy improves blood and oxygen flow, which can help heal lesions and prevent new ones.

  • Cryotherapy triggers and stimulates the growth of hair follicles, minimizing the chance of oil and bacteria buildup.

As you can see, a cryofacial can do a lot for you and your skin health. It’ll help you heal existing lesions by removing a layer of skin, prevent new lesions from forming by tightening the spores, and prevent scars by improving the skin’s overall appearance. It could be just what you need!

Other Benefits of Cryotherapy & Cryo-Facials

If you’re interested in undergoing cryotherapy for acne relief, you’ll be pleased to learn that there are a wide variety of other benefits that you can expect with your next cryo-facial appointment. If you weren't already convinced to go forth with it, you will be once you hear all the benefits. Other than improving blood flow, tightening pores, stimulating collagen production, and triggering the growth of hair follicles, let’s take a closer look at some of those other benefits of cryo-facials:

  • Reduces inflammation and puffiness

  • Can help improve psoriasis, dermatitis, and eczema

  • Reduces wrinkles and fine lines

  • Rejuvenates skin and has anti-aging effects

  • Strengthens the skin and improves elasticity

  • Enhances skin exfoliation and removal of dead skin cells

  • Promotes relaxation and helps calm the nerves

In addition to those benefits of isolated cryotherapy to the face, there are a number of other benefits that come with whole-body cryotherapy -- including pain relief, muscle recovery, weight loss, reduced headaches, improved mood, enhanced healing process, and much more.

Interested In a Cryo-Facial? Contact Nuwave Today!

A cryo-facial can go a long way in helping you clear your skin, improve skin health, and enhance skin appearance. It could be the missing link in your current routine and could be exactly what you need when looking and feeling your best. If you haven’t considered it, you definitely should! At Nuwave Cryotherapy Skin & Light Spa, there’s nothing we love more than introducing new patients to the wonderful benefits of cryotherapy and cryo-facials. We offer a welcoming, friendly, boutique-style setting that makes each patient feel at home during the procedure. If you’d like to learn more about cryotherapy for acne relief or would like to see our current availability, don’t hesitate to contact us at 719-596-4444 or email your questions over to We can’t wait to help you make positive and lasting changes in your life.

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