Hyperbaric Oxygen Chamber and Its Extraordinary Effect on Skin Rejuvenation

Of the myriad things that human beings have always desired, a perpetually youthful radiant skin has been at the top of the list. Not just women, even menfolk alike prefer to have baby skin and healthy bodies that never age.

While these desires might seem a little whimsical, it may be possible after all due to new radical forms of therapy like the Hyperbaric Oxygen Chamber and its various applications. Let’s first understand what happens to our skin and body when we age or suffer from premature aging.

Aging – What Are the Causes?

The largest organ of our body – our skin has multiple roles to play than just to make us look young and beautiful.

Our skin is the first point of defense against various infection-causing germs. It also controls the immune system, regulates body temperature, prevents loss of excess body fluids, excretion of sweat, etc.

However, the health of skin is directly related to the health of the body – various physical, genetic, and mental factors can cause its premature aging. Smoking, drinking, drug abuse, overexposure to the sun, low nutrition, and even stress can lead to dull and premature aging of the skin. These will lead to wrinkles, dull and dry skin, blemishes, and age spots.

Smoking inhibits the production of collagen and increases the degeneration of skin known as elastosis.Aging also varies according to gender. Women tend to age quicker than men due to a decrease in the estrogen production, leading to rapid wrinkle formation.

In overexposure to the sun, the UV radiation causes the melanocytes in the skin cells to become more active resulting in sunburns, suntans, freckles, and even skin cancer in worst cases. The harmful UV radiation from the sun has also been observed to cause cutaneous angiogenesis which leads to wrinkle formation.

The good news is that all the above forms of premature aging and skin damage can be reversed to a considerable extent by Hyperbaric Oxygen Chamber therapy.

What Is Hyperbaric Oxygen Chamber and How Is It Used for Treatment?

Research and studies indicate the potent property of Oxygen in skin rejuvenation, anti-aging, and in improving the overall tone and complexion of the skin.

  • The Hyperbaric Oxygen Chamber

This treatment method uses a hi-tech chamber that is than airtight and can be pressurized. The patient can be accommodated inside the chamber where they can be administered 100% pure oxygen.

  • The Treatment Method

The treatment involves administering pure oxygen at high pressures (1 –2 ATA) to the patient inside a pressurized hyperbaric oxygen chamber. Oxygen at high pressure is readily absorbed and saturated at levels more than ten times the normal in the various body fluids, plasma, cells, and tissues. When oxygen-rich blood circulates to different body parts, it nourishes the cells and results in the repair of injuries and wounds.

  • Recommended treatment

Depending on the severity and nature of treatment, it is recommended to undergo at least 30-40 sessions of one hour each. Visible results can be observed after undergoing the first few sessions. It is recommended to complete at least a month of treatment for long-term benefits.It is to be noted that all the results post-therapy are permanent in nature but might require remedial sessions as and when required for best results.

  • Side Effects

HBOT is a safe and non-invasive method of treatment. The occasional popping of the ears may happen due to the pressure that can be cleared by yawning, Temporary vision and hearing changes might occur that get reversed immediately after the treatment. Oxygen toxicity has been observed in a few rare cases.

Benefits of Hyperbaric Oxygen therapy for Skin Rejuvenation

  • Increases collagen
  • Improves skin elasticity
  • Reduces wrinkle formation
  • Enhances the body’s immune system and ability to fight infections
  • Detoxifies the skin and body
  • Reduces swelling and puffiness
  • Acts as an anti-inflammatory
  • Visibly improves skin tone and texture


While research continues on the many applications and healing benefits of HBOT, it can be considered as a safe and alternate treatment method for various ailments.

More and more skin care clinics are providing this treatment in hyperbaric oxygen chamber as the results are promising. HBOT is especially of importance when it is used as adjunctive therapy for quick recovery post cosmetic surgeries and treatments.

HBOT is becoming a very popular skin rejuvenation and treatment method for the treatment of common skin problems like wrinkles, fine lines, dull and dry skin, and to improve skin texture and elasticity.

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Written by Chloe Paltrow

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