Q: Are facials good or bad for acne? I thought extraction was a “no-no”!
A: Everyone I know loves getting a facial. But
most people think of facials as something to do on a special occasion, like for
their birthday, or with the gift card their friend or family member got
them. Building a relationship with an
esthetician that has a wealth of knowledge about skin can truly change your
condition. Try to think of facials like you would going to the gym. It’s a part
of your body maintenance that shouldn't be neglected. Many clients ask me how
often they should get facials and my answer is different for everyone.
you’re suffering from a condition like acne, having a facial is a bit more of
an involved decision. First, if you have
active cystic acne, you may want to wait until the major cysts heal at least
partially (due to the level of inflammation of the cysts and the many white
cells that this inflammation produces so close to the surface of the skin).
those with many blackheads and whiteheads and some mild or moderate acne
breakouts, once a month is a good idea if you can swing it. If you have great skin and no serious
problems, then getting a facial is good to do at least once a season. Your skin
cells turn over approximately every 30 days, so getting on a regimen and care
plan that aligns with this natural process can do wonders for your skin.
part of the facial is extraction. The process of extraction actually has a lot
in common with the biggest “no-no” of acne science - popping the pimple. Yet this is the professional popping of blackheads
and whiteheads. Getting the pores physically extracted can help control your
acne condition – also, with extraction, you can get harder sebum removed that
would have eventually turned into a big inflamed pimple. But please, don’t do this at home because
doing so can lead to more acne, scarring and hyperpigmentation. Professionally removing the whiteheads and blackheads
allows in some instances to stop inflammation and pimple formation (for AcnEase
users, these will go away).
a ton of preparation of the skin that goes into the professional extraction
process. It is important to soften the sebum and prepare the skin thoroughly
before attempting to squeeze anything – and then, closing the pores is as
equally important (and should be done with a non-inflammatory toner and
moisturizer). I have seen beautiful skin with broken capillaries that doesn’t
recover from being unprepared, and squeezed in to oblivion. So again, don’t try
it at home as most likely you’ll cause more skin damage and inflammation.
other topical products or treatments, facials and professional extractions
assist your battle with acne. They can help in preventing the worsening of the
condition or in healing of some of the symptoms. The only real way of treating acne is to break
the cycle of acne formation and prevent new acne form coming.
why I 100% back AcnEase and normally recommend it to my clients since it is a
treatment that gets to the root cause internally. Acne doesn’t go away without an internal
treatment – it’s an internal issue that manifests itself externally.
back to facials. They’re relaxing and remind
you to take care of yourself.
have told me that having a monthly scheduled facial motivates them to continue
self care in other ways of their life. Taking time to take care of your skin,
turns the focus on yourself. People are very busy and get easily distracted
with everything happening outside of their body. This neglect leads your body,
and especially your skin, screaming out for attention. Setting a monthly
reminder to focus on you and your skin sets a wonderful tone to your life. Self
care is incredibly important not only physically, but also mentally.
this motivates you today to make a positive change. Please leave comments below and I will