Time after time viewers ask questions about facials. Those questions run the gamut from… Do facials work? To… Are they worth the money? Can I get scarred? And so on…
And the answer to all those questions is the same. And it depends on two things.
First, what is the facialist actually doing?
And second, how good are they at it?
Facials can consist of many services including steaming, masks, exfoliation, clogged pore and pimple extraction, facial messages and even new technology where chemicals are infused into or just applied to the upper layer of your skin, such as Hydrafacials. And when these activities are performed properly, they usually are beneficial, making your skin feel and look better. But the two services that are most apt to possibly cause problems if done incorrectly or inappropriately are exfoliation and extractions.
With exfoliations, don’t even consider having it or letting it be recommended to you if you have a sunburn, facial rash, cold sores or if the area has been waxed in the past three days. And then, whether it’s chemical exfoliation with glycolics or physical exfoliation with microdermabraision, it shouldn't hurt! Tingling is ok, but burning sensations tell you something is wrong and the procedure should be immediately stopped and your face rinsed at least with lots of cold water.
With extractions, it doesn’t take four years of medical education to properly and safely extract a pimple. Very simply, the blemish needs to have pressure applied under and from the side of the clog, not directly above it, to allow a path for the contents of the pimple to flow out and not be pushed further into the skin, which is what sets you up for at least worsening of the clog or even scarring. Though even when done properly, whether with an extraction instrument like this or with traditional gentle finger pressure, there can be some temporary discomfort during this procedure.
The bottom line is when all of this goes properly, facials are helpful, fun, pampering and even enjoyable.