I'm not one of those who get a facial and glow right away. Apparently, that happens – I read about it in interviews with celebrities. I've seen it on Instagram stories in real time – but my personal #postfacialglow is defined by redness, inflammation, and weeks of outbreaks and sensitivity that make glowing, clear skin the stuff of dreams.
I discovered this about a month before my wedding. I had gotten my first weeks of face earlier in preparation for the big day, and my skin did not respond well. In full bride panic mode, I sent an e-mail to my facialist: Was this normal? How could I fix it? Would my skin be better on the wedding day?
She assured me that my skin only "cleans": a not so glamorous expression for tightening and expelling clogged pores and pimples that sometimes accompanies invasive skin care treatments such as extractions and chemical peels. In a week or two my skin would look better than ever, she promised. and she was right. A week later – a full month after my facial treatment – my pores were completely cleansed and my skin was smooth, clear and yes, glowing.
But the fact that I had to crawl through the skincare skin seemed a bit suspicious. Given the fact that many beauticians and some dermatologists recommend facial treatment every four to six weeks, I wondered … Are facials really really worse before they get better?
Some facials can cause extreme reactions – but this does not mean that it is normal or expected.
"In spite of common belief, some facials may be quite hard on the skin" . Joshua Zeichner, Dermatologist Dermatologist in New York, reports SELF, noting that those with acne rosacea and sensitive skin are at the highest risk for facial irritation. Apart from outbreaks and inflammation, it is not uncommon for people to develop dry or rough skin after facial treatment, "says Dr. Zeichner. The fact that these reactions are not uncommon is not It does not necessarily make them normal however. "Dermatologists claim that a properly performed facial treatment for more than one day should not trigger any of the above reactions." There are so many facials that I think it's for almost Each skin type has a matching facial, "says Sejal Shah, MD of SmarterSkin Dermatology versus SELF, noting that" sensitivity is more likely in someone with more reactive skin. "This would likely include anyone dealing with chronic skin conditions such as eczema, Psoriasis or rosacea, although there may be someone who is vulnerable for cystic acne is .
So, if you're dealing with a particular skin condition, Dr. Shah prefers to be cautious and only consider facials specifically designed to treat these conditions.
For Individuals with Rosacea Perhaps I would like to steer freely, adds dr. Add artist. "If you have moderate or severe rosacea, I do not recommend facials because the skin tends to be extremely sensitive," he says.
If you have a severe post-facial reaction that lasts more than a few days, you can usually track it. This is one of the following three causes: extractions, product irritation, or chemical peels.
Most facials include extractions, a method of manually cleaning the pores of bacteria and oils, make-up, sunscreen, and environmental dirt. "Extractions can help remove clogged pores and ultimately pimples," says Dr. Signatory. "But often they irritate your skin afterwards."
Although individuals with particularly acne-prone skin are likely to be cleansed after extractions, Sharon Holtz, the spa director of Terranea Resort in Rancho Palos Verdes, says SELF that it's not necessarily something to worry about you have to worry. "Facials stimulate the skin and" start it off, "she says." The skin responds to function and that's healthy, which can lead to outbreaks, but should be rare. "In most cases, these outbreaks settle into or two days.
But in my personal experience, pimples are anything but rare or short after removal – and accordingly, Dr. Shah sees this as a sign that the beautician has not completely cleared the bacterial pores. " If the extractions are not completely removed, acne flare may occur after the facial treatment, as the residual contents naturally come to the surface, "she explains.
" When heavy products are applied to the skin during facial treatment it can clog pores and form new pimples, "adds Zeichner.
However, a freakout of the face can also lead to it Your skin may not tolerate certain ingredients, especially in people with certain skin problems "Especially if you have sensitive skin or rosacea, you may not be able to tolerate the same products that are used in the facial as they contain ingredients that you do not normally use on your face. "
Possible irritating ingredients include exfoliators. Brightening Agents such as Vitamin C and Heavy Oils If you know that your skin is reactive to new product introductions, always ask about the beautician's purpose before planning your facial treatment, and see if you can avoid all of the above ,
Another important note: "If you are taking any prescription medicines for your skin, contact your dermatologist before you receive a facial treatment," Dr. Draftsman some pills and topicals (like isotretinoin and steroid) creams can make the skin more susceptible to scars by extractions). Check with your dermatologist for the list of possible facial components to receive their blessings, as they may identify certain things that do not respond well to your skin.
But what if an irritating component is the whole? 19659028] Point of the face – as with chemical peels?
Chemical peels are said to exfoliate the skin so that the top layer of dead skin cells "peels off" and cell turnover stimulates skin to look younger. "After exfoliation, you should expect some redness and peeling or peeling skin," Dr. Shah. "Your skin may also be more sensitive than usual – but with some light peels, you can not experience it and just glow."
Any redness or flaking skin from a chemical peel should be made within a week of Dr. Watson. Shah; She calls these symptoms "normal aftercare effects". Although your mileage may vary depending on your skin type (a topic already?)
If your skin is particularly sensitive (like mine!), You should probably do this to avoid chemical peels in the first place; The same applies to people who are dealing with diseases such as eczema, psoriasis, cystic acne and rosacea. (Although it is worth noting that in some cases dermatologists will recommend gentle chemical peels as a treatment for these problems, but it is best to work with your dermis personally to explore your options.)
Use strong products such as certain acids and retinol on newly treated skin may aggravate the symptoms.
You can reduce the risk of facial irritation by following a few simple rules. At least one week after a facial treatment, avoid strong products such as acidic exfoliators and retinoids in your skin care routine, as these may exacerbate the existing inflammation.
Instead, "Look for gentle skin care products, including a moisturizing cleanser and light moisturizers." Signatory. "If there is a single pimple, you can treat it with a salicylic acid treatment. However, be careful if you do not use it in areas where it is not needed because you do not want to irritate the skin. "
After all, do not touch your face – no matter how good it feels. "One of the main causes of outbreaks after facials is people putting their hands on their faces and feeling how amazing their skin feels after the facial treatment," says Holtz, exposing freshly opened pores to bacteria. The same applies to make-up. "After the facial, you should wait 30-60 minutes before applying cosmetics to keep your skin cool," she tells SELF.
So … should a facial really cause your skin to get worse before it gets better?  The short answer: Normally no. Your skin, no matter how sensitive, should not be extremely irritated after a facial treatment (chemical peels). If the above symptoms sound quite normal to you, consider changing aesthetics and talking to your dermatologist before planning any more facials. They can help you figure out if it was a particular treatment that was fused to your skin, or perhaps a combination of ingredients that did not suit you well.
"The key is that the beautician learns and has a true understanding of what the individual skin needs," explains Holtz. "Facial personalization is the key."
After talking to Holtz (it seemed truly appalled that I had heard of my signature cleansing after the treatment), I decided to make an appointment at her Terranea Spa – and for the first time in my life, I walked out of a face with an instant, selfie-worthy glow.
It just shows that facials can be tough, but they do not have to be. It's just about understanding your skin – and finding an esthetician who does that.