Facials, when done right, can work wonders in extracting dirt and bacteria from your pores and improving the overall look and feel of your skin.
However, there may be downsides to this spa treatment that may leave your skin looking less than presentable. Consult your skincare professional before undergoing any treatment to ensure that it fits your skin type and check out the credentials of the esthetician who will be performing the procedure.
Most side effects do not require treatment, but may need medical attention for more severe reactions.
Redness and Irritation
The most common side effect of a facial are redness and blotchy skin. That may be from the pressure of exfoliation and any extractions or it could be from some of the products being used during the process.
Avoid wearing makeup or using any other products on your skin in the day or two following your facial to give your skin time to heal. Avoid scheduling facials within three days of a big event at which you want to look your best.
Post-facial breakouts are often a result from bacteria that make it’s way onto your skin during your facial. Steam machines and improperly sterilized tools can be breeding grounds for such bacteria.
To eliminate this risk, request that the technician not use tools during your treatment but if they must, make sure that all tools are taken directly from a sanitizing machine before they start.
When estheticians use their fingers or tools to extract impurities from your pores, there is a risk of damaging the outer layer of your skin. Overly vigorous extractions can cause cuts and bleeding.
A technician that is unskilled or improperly trained in extractions can damage your skin to the point of making it susceptible to infection or, in extreme cases, even scarring.
To protect yourself and decrease your chance of infection, be sure that your skin care specialist is wearing gloves.
Your specialist will likely exfoliate your skin during the process of the facial to bring your freshest layer of skin to the surface. Sometimes harsh exfoliation can leave your skin feeling dried out and itchy.
Use a gentle, fragrance-free moisturizer daily to combat dryness. Avoid sun exposure after your facial as UV rays may further exacerbate dry skin conditions.