Although they are not required as part of your standard acne treatment routines, getting regular facial treatments from an esthetician can really help clear up blocked pores and eradicate blackheads. Each estheticians has her own individual style, but overall acne treatment facial treatments usually follow the same general pattern. The estheticians will use a gentle cleanser and then apply either a topical or a pre-meditated acne treatment product, such as an oral acne pill or a facial scrub. Sometimes, estheticians will combine the pre-moisturizer with the cleanser in one application. You can ask your estheticians which methods she uses and to see if she also uses an acne light to get rid of the darkness or redness in acne spots.
You can expect to be under a strict doctor’s care during a consultation. During this time, the esthetician will determine your skin type (dry, oily, normal/combination, sensitive), your medical history, and what medications you are currently taking (such as antibiotics/corticosteroids and hormone therapy). Once your skin type is determined, your estheticians will discuss the possible treatments for your specific problem areas. Sometimes, your consultation form will request that you try on a variety of products to determine the best product that will work best for you. You will then be able to choose which medication you will be prescribed based on your assessment of your skin type.
The first step of the facial step is the exfoliation. This process removes dead skin cells, pores clogged with dirt and bacteria, and any impurities that may have entered the skin through contact with the surface of the skin. Your esthetician will be able to guide you in what types of facial scrubs, masks or lotions would best work for you based on the amount of exfoliation you need. Sometimes, particularly if the condition of your skin is particularly bad, you will be instructed to apply special lotions or creams to keep the skin moist, prevent the build up of dead skin cells, and allow your facial to do its job.
After exfoliation, your esthetician will work on keeping your treatment facial. This is achieved by using gentle cleansers and moisturizers. When choosing a cleanser, make sure it is fragrance free and gentle enough not to dry out your already inflamed skin. Also, if you have been instructed to apply a mask, it is best to choose one that is designed for your particular facial type.
The second step of the facial step involves treatment of any acne or cystic acne that you may have. If you currently have mild to moderate acne that has not invaded your face but is present underneath your skin, your esthetician can perform microdermabrasion to remove the affected area and improve the circulation around the acne. During this procedure, your esthetician will likely recommend a collagen gel or foam to use as a buffer between your skin and the laser. When done properly, the procedure should leave your skin feeling smooth and refreshed. You will then be instructed to apply an anti-inflammatory cream to prevent additional scarring.
For more severe cases of acne, your esthetician will likely recommend inflamed treatment facial or deep peeling. Inflamed treatments include chemical peels, microdermabrasion, and laser treatments. If you choose to have a deep peel, your esthetician may instruct you to avoid touching your face and allow it to heal while you wait. In some cases, a chemical peel can cause over drying, redness, and itching, so you should avoid its use if possible. If you do decide to have a chemical peel, you will probably be instructed to wear a mask or use a specific medication once you are finished. Other acne medications, such as antibiotics, have the potential to cause irritation when they are used on inflamed areas.
Your esthetician should evaluate your skin types and recommend the right acne facials based on your skin type. You can consult with your dermatologist for a full skin analysis, which will help determine which types of treatments will work best for your skin type. The skin types most suitable for these facelifts are: sensitive, dry, normal, and combination. A sensitive skin type will tend to heal faster than other skin types and is susceptible to irritations, so it should not be prone to oiliness, chapping, or cracking. Dry skin types require gentle exfoliation to remove dead skin cells, increase moisture, and improve the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
Combination skin types typically need exfoliation as part of the treatment; however, they heal faster and have less irritation than dry skin, which makes them a good choice for treatment acne facials. The esthetician will carefully exfoliate your skin using microdermabrasion and then use exfoliating cream to seal in the treatment. Fine lines and wrinkles can also be smoothed out with an exfoliating mask. Finally, your facial will last for up to 12 weeks, so you won’t have to keep going back if you change your mind about which treatment you want.