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There’s nothing worse than a bad facial.
After all, you’ve spent good money and taken time out of your day to do the right thing and take care of your skin - you should be rewarded for your decision, not regretting it!
So when you don’t get the results you’re looking for, It feels like a karmic slap in the face, both literally and metaphorically.
But the reality is that bad facials happen. Whether the technician was inexperienced, your skin reacted poorly to the products, or something else, the reality is that it’s bound to happen to you at one point or another. This is especially true if you deal with acne, rosacea, or sensitive skin.
Here’s how to tone down the aftermath.
Yes, breakouts may happen after any facial. What’s important is to understand why and differentiate between what’s a normalbreakout and what’s a problem.
Many more intense facials - like those that involve extractions or a chemical peel - tend to cause “skin purging.”
The idea here is that this is actually a good thing. The facial is doing its job and bringing any impurities or toxins to the surface. That said, sometimes the esthetician won’t be able to get all of the oil out of your pores - and they shouldn’t. Overly extracting the pores will cause unnecessary irritation. That’s why you’ll sometimes experience purging for a day or two as the pore self-cleans. Ultimately, this will lead to the ultra-great results of your dreams and it is normal.
What’s not normal is if you have congestion or new breakouts that last for two days or longer. That could be a sign that the products used during the facial have clogged your pores or caused a reaction. This will happen if you have reactive skin or if the facial involves potentially irritating ingredients like exfoliators, brightening agents, or heavy oils.
If this is the case, you have to make sure that you baby your skin until it recovers. Don’t use oily or comedogenic products - particularly if you’re acne-prone. Instead, use light, gentle serums and hydrating moisturizers that protect your skin’s natural barrier and provide adequate hydration while your skin clears. Yes, you can use something stronger to spot treat blemishes, but try to keep it to a minimum as your skin will already be sensitive and inflamed.
Any kind of skin exfoliation - particularly from a stronger product or peel - will cause a little bit of tightness and shine due to the acidic nature of the products. This usually means that you’ll deal with some light flaking in the next few days, but keep in mind that this should be light and expected (it may even be more than light flaking if you’re doing a more intense facial or treatment - but either way your technician should warn you that it’s coming).
Any signs of an allergic reaction - including itching, rash-like skin reactions, welts, swelling, or coughing - are never normal, and a clear sign that you need to contact your esthetician and seek medical attention.
How does this happen? Some people are allergic to common facial ingredients, including chamomile or other botanicals. So remember that, if you have any adverse reactions, you should remain aware and make sure you do something about it.
There are lots of facials that can cause pinkness or redness, both during and after treatment. This is especially true for facials geared toward stimulating the skin or clarifying in some way. If you’re getting one of these, expect a little bit of pinkness and redness immediately after. This is completely normal and it should subside in the next few hours or days, depending on the intensity of the treatment and the sensitivity of your skin. Just make sure that you use a gentle, non-active suite of skincare products and baby your skin for the next week or so.
That said, you should notexperience redness accompanied by any stinging or burning after your facial. Even if you’re getting a chemical peel, any burning that you experience during the facial should quickly subside once the peel is neutralized and removed.
Any extreme burning, redness or stinging is a sign that you’ve reacted negatively to something that was done - maybe a product was too intense, the esthetician over-exfoliated, or the peel wasn’t properly neutralized. Either way, you should let your esthetician know right away and know that this isn’t an expected or acceptable reaction.