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formulation at the spa when working with clients whose skin is heavily congested or has acne. It is called a disencrustation procedure. I will explain it to you but please note this is for informational purposes only
Disincrustation is used to facilitate deep pore cleansing. During this process, galvanic current is used to create a chemical reaction that emulsifies or liquefies sebum (oil produced by the body) and debris. This treatment is very beneficial for oily or acne skin because it helps soften and relax the debris in the follicle for extractions.
To perform disincrustation, an acid-based electropositive solution is placed onto the skin's surface. When conducting disincrustation, the client holds a positive electrode, the positive polarity. The esthetician has direct contact with the disincrustator that is set on negative polarity. This creates a chemical reaction that transforms the sebum of the skin into soap, a.k.a. saponification. When the electrical current interacts with the sodium chloride (salts) in the skin, it creates the chemical sodium hydroxide. This soapy substance helps dissolve excess oil, clogged pores, comedones, and other debris on the skin.
I hope I didn't thoroughly confuse everyone.