The Science Behind Facials: An In-depth Explanation By Guelph Medical

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The Science Behind Facials: An In-depth Explanation from Guelph Medical 


Unlocking your natural radiance is our mission at Guelph Medical. We firmly believe that medical-grade facials are an exceptional means of achieving a luminous complexion. We understand that you may have questions regarding their efficacy and the value they provide. 

This article will address the most common inquiries we receive: What exactly are medical-grade facials? How can they elevate the quality of your skin? And what scientific evidence supports their effectiveness? 

Let's dive in! 

What Are Medical Grade Facials? 

Medical-grade facials are the most gratifying way to brighten up your skin, get a deep exfoliation, and give the skin much-needed hydration. They are administered by medical aestheticians, guided by physician-led protocols.  

This distinction allows our treatment providers to use clinic-grade solutions for treating deeper onto the skin (epidermis), which is not normally performed in a spa. This can effectively target surficial sun damage, pigmentation, acne scars, fine lines, wrinkles, and smoothens the texture of the skin.  

In our personalized approach to skincare, medical-grade facials are tailored to suit your comfort level and address your specific skin concerns. This can range from chemical peels and HydraFacials to microneedling treatments. Ultimately, facials produce a noticeably smoother, clearer, youthful radiance you'll be proud to flaunt. 

What are the Active Ingredients in a Medical Grade Facial? 


Medical-grade solutions can consist of glycolic acid, a blend of alpha-hydroxy acid (AHA), beta-hydroxy acid (BHA), or a trichloroacetic acid (TCA), which is a stronger and deeper medical peel - giving you better results, faster. 

  • AHAs are naturally found in fruits and milk, which work to reveal a brighter and more even complexion by removing dead skin cells.  
  • BHAs, on the other hand, are great for penetrating deep into your pores and are often included in products for people with acne-prone skin.  
  • Hyaluronic acid is a naturally occurring humectant in our skin that keeps our skin hydrated and plump. Using hyaluronic acid in facials will give your skin a luminous and hydrating boost. 
  • Vitamin A, also known as retinoids, was initially used to treat acne, but with further clinical research, it has been proven to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. 

These peels are designed to speed up cell turnover, eliminating dead skin cells sitting on our skin and eventually exposing fresh skin cells, creating a brighter and smoother complexion.   Request A Consultation

When it comes to achieving your desired skin care goals, maintaining consistency is important with medical-grade facials. Your clinician will guide you in determining the optimal interval between treatments, with a monthly appointment being the standard recommendation for maximizing cumulative benefits.  

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Chemical Peels

Chemical Peels are a fast and effective way to give your skin a revitalizing and illuminating boost. The peel is a chemical exfoliation treatment that gently lifts dead skin cells while mildly improving the skin's ability to regenerate collagen and elastin. This process will resurface new and fresh skin cells, resulting in a smoother and dewy complexion. Expect mild redness following the treatment, especially for sensitive skin types. 


Step up your facial treatment game by levelling up to a DP4 Microneedling session. Microneedling can treat deeper into the skin by creating controlled micro-injuries to promote collagen production.  

Collagen is a protein responsible for the skin's structure and firmness. Over time, this protein slows down with age and lifestyle, resulting in fine lines, wrinkles, and sagging skin or laxity.  

Microneedling helps speed up collagen production, which can visibly reduce aging concerns and acne scars - whether it's icepick acne scarring, atrophic, or hypertrophic acne scarring. 


HydraFacial is a multi-step facial that includes cleansing, exfoliating, and hydrating all in one go. It works with a gentle but effective vacuum technology that helps remove dirt and gunk from pores. If you are struggling with large or clogged pores, this treatment can be your go-to choice, resulting in a softer and smoother complexion instantly. 

Bonus tips: Ask your clinician for an LED Therapy add-on to maximize your HydraFacial treatment results—the red LED light treats acne, while the blue LED light is used for rejuvenation.

For those who want to treat redness and Rosacea, HydraFacial can be paired with Laser Genesis to specifically target that skin concern. 

Start Your Skincare Journey with Us at Guelph Medical! 


Discover the expertise and passion of our dedicated skincare professionals, ready to accompany you on your skincare journey. With personalized treatment plans tailored to your unique concerns, needs, goals, and budget, we strive to provide a comprehensive 360° approach to help you achieve your skincare aspirations. 

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Book your consultation today to learn more about facials, medical-grade skincare, and other science-backed treatments that can pair beautifully with your skin goals!  

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