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Do Facials Make Things Worse at First?

Do Facials Make Things Worse at First?

Facials are meant to unwind, pamper yourself and rejuvenate a tired complexion. You expect to have smooth, soft, supple skin after a facial. We invest in facials and experience the treatment that is supposed to leave us looking younger, with much healthier, clearer skin. No one is expecting facials to be worse off than when they started. Unfortunately, it is a common experience to have breakouts after receiving facial treatment. Don’t worry; it is completely normal, and it’s part of the facial process. 

Facials are meant to exfoliate your skin, revealing clean, smooth skin that lies just below the surface of what you’re familiar with seeing. But, many people complain about experiencing a breakout after they receive a facial. 

There are many reasons why you could be experiencing breakouts after a facial, so don’t turn away from facials yet. Here are a few reasons why this is happening to you after a facial treatment. 


You’re Touching Your Face Too Much

Facial treatments are a great way to feel fresh, beautiful, and relaxed. Your silky smooth facial skin after the session may feel beautiful and soft enough that you just can’t resist touching it. Touching your skin can do more harm than good. Nonetheless, you want to stop the face-touching as quickly as possible. You could be irritating and infecting it. 

This may be a given, but in the case you are not aware, you shouldn’t apply makeup right after getting a facial. Your pores have been opened, and your skin has been cleansed and exfoliated. 

You’ll want to give yourself a day to be makeup-free or book your facial for later in the evening and stay in afterward. 

The Process Has Accelerated a Pimple That Was Coming Anyway

Exfoliation and skin peels accelerate cell regrowth, so if there are pimples or clogged pores forming, getting a facial done will bring them to the surface faster. What is actually happening beneath your skin is a breakout, so after a facial, the breakout is what is revealed. 

It’s naturally part of the process of cleaning the skin and seeing what’s under the surface to rise to the top. However, this is not a negative thing at all. Pimples are going to come out one way or another, so this process is inevitable. 

Some Facials Can Cause Extreme Reactions

Despite popular belief, some facials can be quite harsh on the skin. 

Those with acne, rosacea, and sensitive skin are at the highest risk for post-facial irritation. Furthermore, these extreme reactions, including breakouts and inflammation, aren’t uncommon but shouldn’t be normalized. 

A dermatologist’s goal is to maintain a properly performed facial that should not cause any reactions for longer than a day or so. However, anyone dealing with chronic skin conditions like eczema, psoriasis, or rosacea should use caution and only consider facials that are specifically tailored tailor to treat those conditions. 

If You Experience a Severe Post-Facial Reaction, Trace it Back to Extraction, Product Irritation, or Chemical Peels

Most facial treatments involve extractions, a method that manually cleans pores of bacteria and built-up oils, makeup, sunscreen, and environmental grime. Extractions can help clear clogged pores and ultimately clear any pimples, but oftentimes, they leave your skin irritated afterward. Particularly acne-prone skin will likely experience purging after extractions which results in breakouts which in most cases will calm down in a day or two. 

However, if the pore is not completely cleared during extractions, you may notice an acne flare after the facial as the residual contents come to the surface naturally. Heavy products applied to the skin during the facial may block the pores and create new pimples. 

Another reason why you may be experiencing inflammation could also be the result of your skin not tolerating certain ingredients, which is especially the case for people with certain skin conditions. Potentially irritating ingredients include exfoliators, brightening agents, and heavy oils. 

Chemical peels are designed to exfoliate the skin in such a way that removes the top layer of dead skin cells and stimulates cell turnover for younger-looking skin. If your skin is sensitive, you should probably avoid chemical peels.

If you know that your skin is reactive when introduced to new products, always ask about what your esthetician will be using before scheduling your facial. Your esthetician should be willing to discuss important variables, including your sensitivity to products, home care routines, personal observations, and concerns before starting your skin care service. . 

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