Oxygen facial treatments are among the newest techniques in the ongoing pursuit for the fountain of youth. Performed in dermatologists’ offices and spas and salons, the treatment varies depending on technique. However, they often involve any combination of the following steps: using a pressurized spray of moisturizers to impart oxygen to the skin, oxygen infusion masks, exfoliation and oxygen-infused serums and lotions.


Doctors and spas offering oxygen facial therapy claim many benefits from their use, including detoxification and rehydration through increased circulation and stimulated collagen production. The treatment is recommended for all skin types, but proponents of the oxygen facial claim that those with rosacea, acne, sun damage and dry or irritated skin will particularly benefit from this non-surgical approach to skin care.


There are different types of oxygen facial treatments, and each spa, salon and dermatologist offers their own “menu” of options. These treatments offer a variety of applications from any one of three delivery methods for the oxygen: topical masks/lotions/serums; oxygen sprays in which pressurized oxygen is used to deliver moisturizers to the skin; and inhaled oxygen.


The New York Times ran an article on oxygen facials in 2006 asking “Does the Quick-Fix Oxygen Facial Really Work?” in which the author Natasha Singer writes: “The status of oxygen facials – embraced by some doctors, spas and beauty mavens with little or no scientific evidence – is typical of many cosmetic treatments that do not claim to alter the skin.” Singer goes on to point out that as a result, these treatments are outside the purview of the Food and Drug Administration. Oxygen facials are expensive so spending money on unregulated technologies and procedures is the main risk factor in investing in these types of skin treatments. Although oxygen facials are touted as being gentle and non-invasive, they do involve the application of products like creams and lotions. They may be recommended by providers for those with sensitive skin, but it’s up to the individual with sensitive skin to determine whether to risk the application of new products to the skin.