Every reputable esthetician would never recommend their clients to attempt extractions at home. I mean, sure, if you want to royally mess up your face knock yourself out, but as an esthetician, I strongly advise against that.
A few things that are very likely to go wrong if you attempt extractions at home can be applying pressure in the wrong place, rupturing the pore wall, allowing for bacteria to spread to the surrounding pores, and even give yourself a long-term broken capillary that will remain visible on the skin until it’s removed through a procedure that involves a laser.
Oh, and not to mention the very possible infection that may occur if you don’t follow up with adequate aftercare. What used to be a barely visible blackhead may turn into a full-blown infected cyst that will be both visible and painful, too.
But how else are you supposed to give yourself a facial at home without risking ruining your skin? Gee, you really need to look into skincare devices for home use.
One such device I want to talk about today is the Ultrasonic Exfoliating Scrub Device by a brand called Touch Beauty.
Touch Beauty sent me an email and asked if I would like to review their bestseller and introduce it to my audience.
Naturally, I was ecstatic, because as soon as I checked them out, I knew that this device wasn’t messing around. This baby meant business!
I will say from the beginning that it is a very professional and modern gadget that can be used both at home and in a salon setting, and the high price tag really proves that.
Anyhow, after using the device two times a week for a couple of weeks, I am ready to talk about my experience and give you my detailed opinion on the Ultrasonic Exfoliating Scrub Device by Touch Beauty.
What Is The Ultrasonic Exfoliating Scrub Device?
The Ultrasonic Exfoliating Scrub Device is a beauty tool that looks like a spatula and it is intended to be used as an exfoliator to help extract blackheads, gunk, and sebum that hasn’t turned into a blackhead yet right out of your pores.
Additionally, the device can also be used to help your skin better absorb skincare products and it also helps give a temporary lifting effect due to the way it’s being used.
The Ultrasonic Exfoliating Scrub Device is created by one of the best-known beauty device manufacturers and it truly is one of the coolest ultrasonic scrub devices I’ve personally seen on the market.
The facial spatula is a sleek, shiny, and stylish unit that has a touch interface, storage base unit, a cordless operation, and a ton of power to give amazing results.
A quick Google search also showed me that the ultrasonic device is the winner of a Good Design Award in Japan and it comes empowered with FDA registration.
That totally explains the entire luxurious feeling this gadget is designed to give you.
From its sleek appearance and design down to its function, the Ultrasonic Scrub Device is truly something that can deliver the results you only see from in-office treatments.
Are Ultrasonic Scrub Devices Harming Your Pets?
Your pet can hear the noise ultrasonic scrub devices make a little louder than you can, but this isn’t harmful or potentially dangerous for your pet’s hearing.
I recently saw a YouTuber doing a review on an ultrasonic scrub device and someone in the comments in her video was very vocal about how these devices can be extremely harmful to dogs and cats and that it can cause your pets to panic and become upset and disoriented and yadda yadda yadda.
No! Ultrasonic scrub devices absolutely do not bother your pets and they don’t have any negative effects on their hearing or their behavior for that matter.
In my opinion, the person was much more panicked about this misinformation than any pet might be if they are in the same room with you while you’re using an ultrasonic scrub device.
How Does The Ultrasonic Exfoliating Scrub Device Work?
The Ultrasonic Exfoliating Scrub Device produces up to 26,000 ultrasonic vibrations per second that help to “shake up” the pore, loosen the debris that’s stuck inside and help scoop it out with the spatula.
This is a form of deep cleansing, exfoliating, and extracting packed in the same device and the best thing about it is that is totally painless.
To use the device, you need to double touch the power switch and adjust the vibration intensity according to your skin’s needs or whatever strength feels comfortable for you.
You can adjust the vibration intensity by simply sliding your finger up and down the front vertical bar.
Using the Ultrasonic Scrub Device for blackhead removal
When using the Ultrasonic Scrub Device for blackhead extractions, you need to place the spatula blade on the skin at a 30° angle, apply gentle but constant pressure, and slowly move it on areas that need to be extracted.
Touch Beauty advises to always use the Ultrasonic Scrub Device on wet skin and while I can agree with this, I’ve been trained to use it a bit differently, which I am going to show and explain below.
Anyhow, the point is that you shouldn’t use it on dry skin because this will most certainly make the device extremely difficult to glide on the surface and can lead to scratching, pinching, and skin damage.
Using the Ultrasonic Scrub Device in nutrition mode
The nutrition mode basically means that you can flip the device and use it as a gentle massager on your skin after you’ve applied your skincare products.
This will help your products absorb better into the skin, ultimately leading to more noticeable results and benefits.
It’s pretty easy, huh?
That being said, this doesn’t mean that the device is goof-proof and that you cannot mess up with it cause you totally can if you don’t know how to use it.
So, I am going to go ahead and explain how to use an ultrasonic scrub device the right way so that you can extract blackheads, deeply cleanse your pores, and not risk any potential damage on the skin.
How To Use The Ultrasonic Exfoliating Scrub Device?
The active part of the ultrasonic scrub device comes protected with a silicone piece to prevent dust or any type of bacteria sticking to it.
Make sure to not lose this part because you don’t want to leave your device unprotected, especially if you store it in your bathroom where the humidity is usually high.
High humidity is the ideal environment for bacteria to thrive and multiply.
The only thing you need to do to start the device is to lightly double-tap the area where the pointer is and the light will turn on.
What’s interesting with this device is that it has a touch interface and it doesn’t have any buttons. I’ve used ultrasonic scrub devices before, but this one definitely takes the cake when it comes to the stylish and sleek design.
The vibration intensity can be easily adjusted by simply gliding your finger up and down the vertical bar. Always make sure to adjust the vibration intensity that feels comfortable to you.
The highest setting is the strongest, so I tend to use it on my cheeks to soften and extract blackheads in that area.
On the other hand, I use the lowest vibration setting for areas like the nose and around the nose.
A word of advice is to always be gentle when you are extracting in this area because you have tiny capillaries around the nose and these can easily break under strong pressure.
Once they break, they will become more visible on the surface of the skin and this is something that can only be treated with a laser procedure.
So don’t forget to be veeeery gentle, especially in the area around your nose.
Esthetician’s Pro Tip – Use the Ultrasonic Scrub to remove a mask
The way I personally use the ultrasonic scrub device on myself and on my clients is by applying an enzymatic peel mask under steam and letting it soften and open the pores.
I then use the spatula to gently scrape off the mask.
This will intensify the exfoliation and will leave your skin baby soft.
I typically use enzymatic peel mask because this is a lighter version of an acid mask that uses alpha hydroxy or beta hydroxy acids.
Here are two of my favorite enzymatic peel masks for home use:
If you have more sensitive skin and your skincare routine already consists of using exfoliating acids, you can opt for any hydrating mask you want, however, I highly recommend an enzymatic peel mask for maximum benefits.
If you choose to use an enzymatic peel mask, please avoid using exfoliating acid products in your skincare routine for the next 48 hours.
Using the Ultrasonic Scrub with steam
The most important thing when using an ultrasonic scrub device is making sure that your skin is damp the entire time.
Another very efficient way to get the most benefits out of an ultrasonic scrub device is to steam your face so that the pores are softened.
Extraction is much easier when the pores are softened and your skin will be cleared out from all that unnecessary gunk stuck inside with very little pressure and irritation.
Make sure to gently glide the device over the curves of your nose, manipulating your nose with the opposite hand to create easier access.
Use one prong of the device to glide up the edge of the nostril and get into those hard to reach areas. Always make sure to move slowly and avoid doing more than 2-3 passes per area.
It’s very normal that your skin will become red during this treatment, however, if this becomes extreme redness, burning, or discomfort, make sure to stop treating the area and move somewhere else with lighter pressure.
Once you’ve finished your treatment, make sure to thoroughly clean the device with rubbing alcohol, especially focusing on the prongs and the area between them.
This will prevent bacteria from spreading and will prepare the ultrasonic device for your next use.
How To Charge The Ultrasonic Exfoliating Scrub Device?
The Ultrasonic Exfoliating Scrub Device comes equipped with a wireless charging base that can fully charge it in 4 hours.
Yup, I know this is a bit too long but once fully charged, the battery will last you for 1.5 hours, which is truly remarkable given that you won’t need longer than 10-15 minutes to complete a full facial.
And the fact that it is supposed to be used once or twice a week maximum, you will be charging this device no more often than once a month.
That’s quite impressive.
Also, what I really like is that the charging base is also intended to be used as a storage base so you can leave the device in your bathroom (ideally in an area where it won’t be accidentally sprayed with water) and always have it at hand’s reach.
What Comes Inside The Box?
Inside the box, you will find:
- Ultrasonic Exfoliating Scrub Device
- charging/storage base
- charging cord
- a soft cleaning cloth that I also love using to clean my glasses because it works better than any other cloth I’ve ever had
- a storage bag
- and instruction manual
Ultrasonic Exfoliating Scrub Device Precautions
Using the Ultrasonic Exfoliating Scrub Device isn’t recommendable for just about anyone and as any other beauty device or skincare product, it has its own contraindications.
One important thing I want to point out is that you cannot use the Ultrasonic Exfoliating Scrub Device over active acne because this will inevitably lead to irritation, redness, and, depending on the severity of your acne, even bleeding, oozing, and overall extreme discomfort.
You don’t need to go through all this and instead of using a skin spatula to extract and exfoliate, you are probably a better candidate for a chemical peel.
Additionally, the Ultrasonic Exfoliating Scrub Device comes with an instruction manual that advises against using the gadget if the following circumstances are applied to you:
- You are pregnant or breastfeeding
- You have a condition called Bell’s palsy or commonly known as facial paralysis
- You have electronic devices implanted (i.e ICD or pacemaker)
- You are undergoing chemotherapy
- You carry ECG (electrocardiograph) or other fixed medical electronic machinery
Also, another thing I recently spotted in a Beauty Insider video on YouTube was that four people were testing this device in order to see how well it worked.
I personally don’t like this. It’s one thing to go to a professional and have a treatment done in a professional setting, but if you decide to purchase something like this for yourself, sharing it with someone else is generally a bad practice.
My final thoughts on the Touch Beauty Ultrasonic Exfoliating Scrub Device is that I love using this. I’ve been using skin spatulas for a very long time both on myself and in a professional setting and the result never fails to amaze me.
This is a professional and strong device that I can easily take at the salon with me and use it on clients. It is pricey though, which may be a little off-putting, however, I am someone that doesn’t mind spending money on quality.
Something that I do mind is spending money on an expensive cleanser, for example, but I have no problem spending a lot on something that works, gives me excellent results that I love, and I can also use professionally.
Tell me your thoughts on ultrasonic scrub devices? Have you used them? Do you love them? Do you hate them? Let’s chit chat in the comments!
Thanks for stopping by! My name is Simone and I am a certified skin specialist. I created this website to teach my readers how to take great care of their skin and I also like to occasionally share my honest opinions on skincare products I’ve tried. You can learn more about me here.