There is a common perception that acne and adulthood don’t go together. Another common perception is that facials are for pampering; they are special treatments that you may want to get before a special event or to ward off the onset of aging. We want to set the record straight and discuss how facials performed by an experienced, licensed esthetician can be both pampering and nurturing for acne-prone skin.
In a research study published in the Journal of Clinical and Aesthetic Dermatology, it was noted that more than 80% of women polled suffered from visible signs of acne. Even the slightest evidence of breakouts, or periodic flare-ups on the skin, posed a significant detriment to the women questioned, causing feelings of anxiety and depression in many of them. Acne doesn’t have to be severe to cause such problems. It also doesn’t have to be severe to warrant care from your San Antonio dermatologist.
What Facials can do for Acne-Prone Skin
A facial is essentially a professional cleansing that goes above and beyond what can be done at the sink at home. The facials we perform work in a step-by-step fashion that goes like this:
- Thorough and gentle cleansing of the skin removes old makeup, oil, and other debris from the surface. This enables us to visualize the skin and its overall health.
- Another vital aspect of any facial is the removal of dead and damaged cells from the skin’s surface. These cells often stick around, blocking the epidermis and impeding the efficacy of skincare products. Exfoliation may be achieved with a topical cream or soft scrub. Steam may also be directed at the skin to open pores and soften the surface.
- Acne facials, in particular, may need to involve a bit of extraction. The esthetician achieves this either with a metal instrument or by hand. Each method is performed very carefully so that debris is extracted without disrupting subdermal or surface tissue.
- Part of the benefit of any facial is the improvement to circulation that comes from a gentle massage of superficial tissue. Additionally, massage can facilitate lymphatic drainage, which escorts toxins away from the skin to be eliminated by the body.