Steam or galvanic for extractions?

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Hey all!

I am new to the skin industry and I’m debating between using a a facial steamer for extractions or to use Galvanic Desincrustation.

What have you used that’s the easiest way to perform extractions?

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From what I've seen, and my own approach now - I don't believe anyone will be using steam going forward. With the plexi shields, plexi face shield and mask I can't imagine having steam mixed with all of that. I don't believe steam is absolutely necessary, I enjoy the benefits of the ozone setting for acneic skin types, however this can be treated with high frequency. If you want to introduce heat to warm/soften the skin for extractions I would suggest just hot mitts. I know everyone will have a different approach but that's just where I'm at the moment.
 

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From what I've seen, and my own approach now - I don't believe anyone will be using steam going forward. With the plexi shields, plexi face shield and mask I can't imagine having steam mixed with all of that. I don't believe steam is absolutely necessary, I enjoy the benefits of the ozone setting for acneic skin types, however this can be treated with high frequency. If you want to introduce heat to warm/soften the skin for extractions I would suggest just hot mitts. I know everyone will have a different approach but that's just where I'm at the moment.
Mundo this is such a good point! Thank you, you've made me re-think my search for a new steamer. I do agree that steam isn't actually necessary, strictly speaking, to warm and relax the skin and do extractions. I love that you've thought of the hygiene/visors aspect. :)
 

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Mundo this is such a good point! Thank you, you've made me re-think my search for a new steamer. I do agree that steam isn't actually necessary, strictly speaking, to warm and relax the skin and do extractions. I love that you've thought of the hygiene/visors aspect. :)
I'm glad I was able to offer a different approach - that's what makes this site so great!
I also wanted to add something regarding extractions. I think an ultrasonic exfoliation device is fantastic for loosening these deposits in the skin (certainly for open comedones).

A great way to effectively perform extraction without steam (at least in my head) is to utilise the warmth of hot mitts to soften and moisten the skin, introduce a desincrustation gel which is slightly alkaline and will help soften these plugs, use the ultrasonic/cavitation device before or after performing manual extractions.
 

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Mundo this is such a good point! Thank you, you've made me re-think my search for a new steamer. I do agree that steam isn't actually necessary, strictly speaking, to warm and relax the skin and do extractions. I love that you've thought of the hygiene/visors aspect. :)
I also love the idea of not having to keep a steamer clean, store big bottles of ionised water and the general space steamers take up.
Also for our hyperpigmentation sufferers and 'stimulated'/rosacea skin types, steam can worsen their condition.

I think this extraction technique is more universal on who you can perform it on which I love.
 

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Hi, this is a really useful thread. Thanks for posting. I’m new to the industry too and was about to buy a steamer but now I’m reconsidering.

Ive a question tho.. when I first read this I thought you were talking about, what I now know to be called an ‘ultrasonic skin scrubber’.

Im confused as to why you’d use an ‘ultrasonic cavitation’ machine, as it appears these are for breaking down fat?

If either of you can clear this up for me that would be great. Love the idea of avoiding a steamer but just want to make sure I replace it with the right thing.

thanks!
 

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I’ve been in business for a while. I have a very upmarket looking steamer which my clients love but I hate!

I don’t think it is Covid secure to use steam around clients - I haven’t seen any information on the effects of a momentary blast of heat on Covid and plenty about water vapour being a transmission vector. As Mundo says, you won’t be able to see anything!

I use heated damp mitts, wrung out of a bowl of hot water. I have a fancy thermos to save me running a tap. I also use a hot cabbie, with a large basalt stone to help retain heat. Other heat options include a heat hammer, which is electric - you move it over the face to warm the skin. You and facial hot stones.

Frankly I think 10 minutes of heat is a bit of a waste of time to soften plugs and relax pores. An ultrasonic scrubber is much more efficient. You still need manual extraction on big plugs. I’m trained to use a Lance (a sterilised needle). High frequency is a treatment for heavy congestion but won’t refine the skin surface much so needs to be combined with deep cleansing.

Galvanic disincrustration cleans the skin all over and leaves it looking very fresh - it doesn’t tackle old, sticky deposits. You can also use clay masks as a gommage over a smear of oil. It mops up excess oil and gently polishes the skin so it’s good for a “deep cleanse” on skin that isn’t congested.

There’s a limit to how many machines you want to use, they aren’t expensive but you also need to respect the clients need to relax and your own ability to manage all the trolley “clutter”. You don’t want to overtreat skin either. The client doesn’t want to leave looking “shot”

It’s important to understand why skin is congested, milia aren’t the same as condemones.

I think teaching clients to steam their faces at home is a good plan - I tell my clients that they don’t want to pay me to do things they can do for themselves and they’ll have better skin if they look after it in between facials.

Finally I can’t see how you could use ultrasonic cavitation on the face.
 

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Hi Linffs,

Yes, excuse me the description of 'ultrasonic skin scrubber/exfoliation' would be most appropriate.

I'm happy that this thread can be of some assistance :)
 

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I’ve been in business for a while. I have a very upmarket looking steamer which my clients love but I hate!

I don’t think it is Covid secure to use steam around clients - I haven’t seen any information on the effects of a momentary blast of heat on Covid and plenty about water vapour being a transmission vector. As Mundo says, you won’t be able to see anything!

I use heated damp mitts, wrung out of a bowl of hot water. I have a fancy thermos to save me running a tap. I also use a hot cabbie, with a large basalt stone to help retain heat. Other heat options include a heat hammer, which is electric - you move it over the face to warm the skin. You and facial hot stones.

Frankly I think 10 minutes of heat is a bit of a waste of time to soften plugs and relax pores. An ultrasonic scrubber is much more efficient. You still need manual extraction on big plugs. I’m trained to use a Lance (a sterilised needle). High frequency is a treatment for heavy congestion but won’t refine the skin surface much so needs to be combined with deep cleansing.

Galvanic disincrustration cleans the skin all over and leaves it looking very fresh - it doesn’t tackle old, sticky deposits. You can also use clay masks as a gommage over a smear of oil. It mops up excess oil and gently polishes the skin so it’s good for a “deep cleanse” on skin that isn’t congested.

There’s a limit to how many machines you want to use, they aren’t expensive but you also need to respect the clients need to relax and your own ability to manage all the trolley “clutter”. You don’t want to overtreat skin either. The client doesn’t want to leave looking “shot”

It’s important to understand why skin is congested, milia aren’t the same as condemones.

I think teaching clients to steam their faces at home is a good plan - I tell my clients that they don’t want to pay me to do things they can do for themselves and they’ll have better skin if they look after it in between facials.

Finally I can’t see how you could use ultrasonic cavitation on the face.
 

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Perfect! Thank you for clarifying and thank you @TheDuchess for such a useful and thorough response. Lots to think about here. Trolley clutter is something Im really aware of and want to avoid as much as possible, as they can definitely spoil the relaxing experience.
Right. so I’m off to staring looking at clay masks and face scrubbers as these seem like a good place start.
Love these forums. Thanks everyone !
Happy extracting 😃
 

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I'm glad I was able to offer a different approach - that's what makes this site so great!
I also wanted to add something regarding extractions. I think an ultrasonic exfoliation device is fantastic for loosening these deposits in the skin (certainly for open comedones).

A great way to effectively perform extraction without steam (at least in my head) is to utilise the warmth of hot mitts to soften and moisten the skin, introduce a desincrustation gel which is slightly alkaline and will help soften these plugs, use the ultrasonic/cavitation device before or after performing manual extractions.
Hi Mundo, yes this site is fabulous.
I have done extractions on clients for a few years now without using a steamer, and it always works a treat. I use various methods for this. Some young clients like steam as it they probably think this is the only way to do it. I have an desincrustation gel, but not really using it much in this way. Do you use the des gel only with your ultrasonic exfoliation machine or also alone?
 

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Perfect! Thank you for clarifying and thank you @TheDuchess for such a useful and thorough response. Lots to think about here. Trolley clutter is something Im really aware of and want to avoid as much as possible, as they can definitely spoil the relaxing experience.
Right. so I’m off to staring looking at clay masks and face scrubbers as these seem like a good place start.
Love these forums. Thanks everyone !
Happy extracting 😃
Hi Linffs,. Some Clay mask ideas for you: :) You might be interested in looking into dry clays that you mix with water yourself for you clients. Commercially available ones, from the right professional salon brands, are also ok too, however there are two benefits to using your own dry clay. One is that you can be sure it will never sting and two, it works out so much cheaper, even though the results are just as good if not better than ready made 'wet' masks. Fullers Earth, alone, or mixed with Kaolin are good. Always remove as soon as dry. Kaolin has the ability (weirdly) to make the skin slightly flushed even though it's so gentle, so don't leave that on for ages or longer than needed. Clay mask are great at mopping up oil (metaphorially), shrinking blackheads, and generally cleansing and refining spotty/blemished areas. Don't use metal implements to mix clay.
 

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Makeuppro is so right. I was taught to mix up masks for my clients using oatmeal, calamine and kaolin, witch hazel, rose water etc. The results are very good - at least equal to all the entry level facial products. Coloured clays are also brilliant, research the different properties.

You can use a clay mask as a scrub, or gommage. You cleanse the skin, apply a smear of oil and then friction away using skin refining techniques to keep your bingo wings under control. After a few minutes the consistency will “split” and you can feel the clay becoming less wet and more of an absorbent polishing medium.

Clients love having something mixed just for them, especially if you use different ingredients each visit. You can get creative with your descriptions on your website. For a long time I used to have a seasonally changing facial which I loved thinking about: rose and cucumber in June, a citrus based “sun, sea and sand” facial in high summer, autumn mists and fruitfulness in autumn, and chocomocha in winter - you get the idea. It was a novelty which didn’t sell unfortunately but I think it drove more traffic to my website.

A tip for removal. Dried clay can be a bitch! Either don’t leave it on to dry - it can tighten and feel uncomfortable, or apply over damp gauze. It makes removal a dream.
 

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FABULOUS! so much here to get my teeth stuck into but the general plan seems to be ....

Hot mitts
Desincrustation gel
Ultrasonic face scrubber
Clay masks

Thanks everyone for your advice and ideas, I especially like the hot flask idea too so that I don't have to make a trip to the sink and can keep the water warm..

thank you :)
 

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