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The brand even goes so far as to claim their device is “anti-aging”.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eIn this article we’ll review medical research to determine if the DermaWand is likely to be effective or if it’s just marketing hype.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003ch2 style=\"text-align: center;\"\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eMisleading Clinical Study\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003c\/h2\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eDermaWand claims that their product is “clinically proven” and we find that statement to be misleading.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eThe one single “\u003c\/span\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/cdn.shopify.com\/s\/files\/1\/0284\/2768\/1925\/files\/Farcoderm_2018_Clinical_Study-compressed.pdf?3106\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003estudy\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/a\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e” testing their product’s effect on skin was a sponsored study and was not published in any medical journal.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eThe scientific community usually refers to research published in medical journals as “clinical” because there is a high standard of ethics and data quality involved. If a company publishes a study in a respected medical journal proving that their product works, that’s strong clinical evidence that the product works.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eA company paying some third-party research organization to test their product is an inherently biased process and is not “clinical” research in any meaningful sense of the term, and it’s a process with so much inherent bias that we consider the results to be useless for qualifying the efficacy of the product.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003ePut simply, any company could pay a for-profit research firm to test their product enough times until it’s proven to work.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003ch2 style=\"text-align: center;\"\u003e\u003cb\u003eLacking Technical Information\u003c\/b\u003e\u003c\/h2\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eDermaWand doesn’t appear to publish anywhere on their site the actual frequency or power of their device. Without this information, it’s nearly impossible for consumers (or researchers like us) to determine whether the device is likely to work. Even their technical PDF document on product pages doesn’t appear to include this information.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eThe frequency and power determine the effects of a radio wave device.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eYour cellphone releases radio waves too, but no one would claim it has skin-promoting effects.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eFor DermaWand to not make this information abundantly clear is really amateur and unscientific in our opinion.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003ch2 style=\"text-align: center;\"\u003e\u003cb\u003eCan Radio Waves Reduce Wrinkles?\u003c\/b\u003e\u003c\/h2\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eSince DermaWand doesn’t seem to publish any relevant technical specifications, we can still analyze medical research on similar devices and their effects on skin appearance.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eA \u003c\/span\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov\/pmc\/articles\/PMC4631236\/\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003ethorough medical review\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/a\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e published in a Brazilian dermatology journal analyzed 31 individual studies on radiofrequency and its effects on skin.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eThe researchers concluded that while there were some potential biological mechanisms by which radiofrequency could reduce wrinkles, there weren’t clear specifications on what power level was effective, as this varied greatly between studies. The researchers also noted that many of the trials were poorly designed.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eThe review ended by stating that “it is clear that using radiofrequency for the treatment of skin laxity is still a myth to be clarified”.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eA \u003c\/span\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov\/31825296\/\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003emore recent medical review\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/a\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e, published in 2020, concluded similarly. The study authors reviewed 25 full-text articles from medical journals on radiofrequency in the treatment of skin aging, and noted that “there was no consistency in the protocols used and in the description of procedures.”\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eThe researchers from the second-linked study also noted that hyperpigmentation was a side effect in some of the studies.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eBased on the research we don’t believe that DermaWand is likely to be effective for improving skin. There isn’t nearly enough standardization of procedure or proof that radiofrequency works \u003c\/span\u003e\u003ci\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eat all\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/i\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e, and without the relevant technical specs of the DermaWand there’s no way for consumers to determine whether it will work.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003ch2 style=\"text-align: center;\"\u003e\u003cb\u003eBetter Natural Alternative\u003c\/b\u003e\u003c\/h2\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eSince one of the main stated benefits of radiofrequency cosmetic treatment is influencing collagen synthesis, we believe that taking a collagen supplement would be a safer and more effective method of improving skin quality.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eAs we discussed in our \u003c\/span\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/illuminatelabs.org\/blogs\/health\/dermal-repair-complex-review\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eDermal Repair Complex review\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/a\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e, it’s proven in medical research that collagen supplementation increases collagen in the body and improves skin quality.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eCollagen is a cheap and safe dietary supplement; it’s just a type of protein.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eWe recommend plain, unflavored collagen sourced from grass-fed animals at a dose of 10 grams (g) daily, which is likely the maximally-effective dose \u003c\/span\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov\/30681787\/\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003ebased on medical research\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/a\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eThe effects of collagen supplementation are not immediate; most medical studies on the compound have a duration of weeks or months. \u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eCollagen should be consumed on an empty stomach for maximum absorption and utilization. It’s a great addition to a water or coffee first thing in the morning.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003ch2 style=\"text-align: center;\"\u003e\u003cb\u003eConclusion\u003c\/b\u003e\u003c\/h2\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eWe don’t recommend DermaWand as we don’t believe there is any legitimate medical research proving it to be effective. The study funded by the brand was published by a for-profit research firm and was not published in any medical journals.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eGeneral medical research on radiofrequency for skin appearance has mixed and unimpressive results, and while this type of treatment may be legitimized by further medical studies, currently there are no clear standards on device type or frequency used to recommend any specific device.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eWe believe that taking an oral collagen supplement would be a cheaper, healthier, safer and more effective method of improving skin appearance than using the DermaWand. We recommend plain, unflavored collagen at a dose of 10 g for improving skin health, as this is one of the most well-established supplements for cosmetic enhancement in legitimate clinical research.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e","blog_id":49281925193,"author":"Calloway Cook","user_id":26601750601,"published_at":"2021-12-29T12:00:00-05:00","updated_at":"2022-08-18T20:48:00-04:00","summary_html":"We review the clinical research on anti-aging device DermaWand to determine if it's likely to be effective for reducing wrinkles or if it's just marketing hype. We explain whether radiofrequency treatment is anti-aging.","template_suffix":"","handle":"dermawand-review","tags":"_related:anti-aging, _related:health-device"}

DermaWand Review: Can Radio Waves Reduce Wrinkles?

DermaWand Review: Can Radio Waves Reduce Wrinkles?


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DermaWand is a hardware cosmetic device with an interesting premise: that radiofrequency waves applied to the skin can reduce wrinkles. The brand even goes so far as to claim their device is “anti-aging”.

In this article we’ll review medical research to determine if the DermaWand is likely to be effective or if it’s just marketing hype.

Misleading Clinical Study

DermaWand claims that their product is “clinically proven” and we find that statement to be misleading.

The one single “study” testing their product’s effect on skin was a sponsored study and was not published in any medical journal.

The scientific community usually refers to research published in medical journals as “clinical” because there is a high standard of ethics and data quality involved. If a company publishes a study in a respected medical journal proving that their product works, that’s strong clinical evidence that the product works.

A company paying some third-party research organization to test their product is an inherently biased process and is not “clinical” research in any meaningful sense of the term, and it’s a process with so much inherent bias that we consider the results to be useless for qualifying the efficacy of the product.

Put simply, any company could pay a for-profit research firm to test their product enough times until it’s proven to work.

Lacking Technical Information

DermaWand doesn’t appear to publish anywhere on their site the actual frequency or power of their device. Without this information, it’s nearly impossible for consumers (or researchers like us) to determine whether the device is likely to work. Even their technical PDF document on product pages doesn’t appear to include this information.

The frequency and power determine the effects of a radio wave device.

Your cellphone releases radio waves too, but no one would claim it has skin-promoting effects.

For DermaWand to not make this information abundantly clear is really amateur and unscientific in our opinion.

Can Radio Waves Reduce Wrinkles?

Since DermaWand doesn’t seem to publish any relevant technical specifications, we can still analyze medical research on similar devices and their effects on skin appearance.

A thorough medical review published in a Brazilian dermatology journal analyzed 31 individual studies on radiofrequency and its effects on skin.

The researchers concluded that while there were some potential biological mechanisms by which radiofrequency could reduce wrinkles, there weren’t clear specifications on what power level was effective, as this varied greatly between studies. The researchers also noted that many of the trials were poorly designed.

The review ended by stating that “it is clear that using radiofrequency for the treatment of skin laxity is still a myth to be clarified”.

A more recent medical review, published in 2020, concluded similarly. The study authors reviewed 25 full-text articles from medical journals on radiofrequency in the treatment of skin aging, and noted that “there was no consistency in the protocols used and in the description of procedures.”

The researchers from the second-linked study also noted that hyperpigmentation was a side effect in some of the studies.

Based on the research we don’t believe that DermaWand is likely to be effective for improving skin. There isn’t nearly enough standardization of procedure or proof that radiofrequency works at all, and without the relevant technical specs of the DermaWand there’s no way for consumers to determine whether it will work.

Better Natural Alternative

Since one of the main stated benefits of radiofrequency cosmetic treatment is influencing collagen synthesis, we believe that taking a collagen supplement would be a safer and more effective method of improving skin quality.

As we discussed in our Dermal Repair Complex review, it’s proven in medical research that collagen supplementation increases collagen in the body and improves skin quality.

Collagen is a cheap and safe dietary supplement; it’s just a type of protein.

We recommend plain, unflavored collagen sourced from grass-fed animals at a dose of 10 grams (g) daily, which is likely the maximally-effective dose based on medical research.

The effects of collagen supplementation are not immediate; most medical studies on the compound have a duration of weeks or months. 

Collagen should be consumed on an empty stomach for maximum absorption and utilization. It’s a great addition to a water or coffee first thing in the morning.

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Conclusion

We don’t recommend DermaWand as we don’t believe there is any legitimate medical research proving it to be effective. The study funded by the brand was published by a for-profit research firm and was not published in any medical journals.

General medical research on radiofrequency for skin appearance has mixed and unimpressive results, and while this type of treatment may be legitimized by further medical studies, currently there are no clear standards on device type or frequency used to recommend any specific device.

We believe that taking an oral collagen supplement would be a cheaper, healthier, safer and more effective method of improving skin appearance than using the DermaWand. We recommend plain, unflavored collagen at a dose of 10 g for improving skin health, as this is one of the most well-established supplements for cosmetic enhancement in legitimate clinical research.





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