d’Arsonval currents – a relic or a hit?

d’Arsonval currents – a relic or a hit?

d’Arsonval currents – a relic or a hit?

What are d’Arsonval currents?

The d`Arsonwal current is a high-frequency alternating current in 300-500 kHz range. The name comes from a French doctor, physiologist, and physicist – Jacques-Arsene d’Arsonval. The treatment with the use of d’Arsonval currents is carried out with the device equipped with a transformer, increasing the voltage of the mains current. The transformer is connected with a system of capacitors and an active circuit that transmits the generated vibrations to the skin. Glass pads (electrodes) filled with noble gas (xenon, neon, air) are most often used for the treatment. When the electrode contacts the skin, an electric discharge (sparking) is generated, and ozone is produced. The ozone has strong disinfecting, bactericidal, fungicidal, and virucidal properties. Ozone destroys the enzymatic structures of microorganisms, including anaerobic bacteria e.g., P.acnes

The biological activity of the d`Arsonwal currents consists in changing the muscle tone of the skin blood vessels and their impulsive expansion. As a result, local tissue metabolism is stimulated. The production of heat and the irritation of the sensory neurons is very weak. The treatment only stimulates the endings of the vegetative nerves.

Moreover, the treatment increases the absorption of active substances contained in cosmetics, and has an astringent effect.

In skin treatments performed with the direct method (the most common method used in cosmetology salons), the electrode can be used in two ways:

  • directly on the skin surface
  • a few millimeters (1-3 mm) from the skin, which creates an electric discharge and produces more ozone than in direct contact with the skin

Types of pelottes (electordes)

Depending on the area in which we perform the d’Arsonval current treatment, we use the pelotte:

  1. mushroom – for the face
  2. comb – for scalp
  3. point and long – for small or hard-to-reach areas, e.g., ears, nose
  4. roller – for large surfaces, e.g. the back
  5. arched – for curved areas, such as the arms and lower jaw


  • oily skin,
  • acne
  • seborrhea (scalp or face)
  • acne vulgaris,
  • alopecia areata (inactive phase and regrowth phase)
  • androgenic alopecia
  • telogen effluvium
  • dandruff
  • folliculitis
  • for closing hair cuticles
  • skin oxygenation and improvement of microcirculation
  • stretch marks
  • skin firming
  • supporting wound healing
  • to stimulate blood supply,
  • as a face massage,
  • after cosmetic facial cleansing,
  • before and after pedicure (especially when there is hyperhidrosis),
  • before depilation (reduces folliculitis),


  • rosacea,
  • dilated bood vessels
  • skin allergies,
  • skin damage and wounds,
  • skin inflammation
  • pregnancy and lactation period
  • epilepsy
  • pacemaker
  • metal implants
  • hypertension
  • asthma
  • rever
  • cancers

Answering the question whether the treatments using d’Arsonval currents are a HIT with a relic? It’s definitely a hit for me. d’Arsonval currents are a very effective therapy, and the first effects are visible after just a few treatments. In my practice, I very often perform darsonvalization as a complement to treatments for problematic and seborrheic skin, as well as in remedies for the hairy scalp.

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