Summary: Facials can do wonders for skin. However, it is important to choose the right treatment to prevent your skin breaking out.
A facial can do wonders for your skin, but often facial menus are complicated. Here are some areas to consider to ensure you choose the right facial for your skin.
Know the basics – Basic facials at even the best spa will include cleansing, exfoliating, extractions, a mask, and a moisturizer. This process is best for those with normal to dry skin but avoided by those who have sensitive, oily or acne-prone skin. Some therapist will extract blackheads, but make sure you let the therapist know if the extraction is too painful. The safest extractions include steam to soften the pores, followed by the therapist using their fingers to extract dirt and oil from your pores. Make sure that your therapist does not use an extractor as these can break capillaries, cause scarring and discoloration. For those who suffer from rosacea or eczema, skip the steam and ask your therapist to use a warm cloth instead.
Treat it right – For those who suffer from acne, different facial lotions or even a massage can cause more breakouts. Look for words like “clarifying” or “purifying” when selecting a treatment for acne prone skin and make sure your facial includes products like a cleanser with salicylic acid, a clay mask, and a lactic acid peel. Avoid scrubs, and anything abrasive that will irritate skin, disrupt pimples and increase scarring.