COMMON MISCONCEPTIONS ON FACIALS
You must have encountered estheticians explain to you during a facial that steaming is used to open up the pores. The simple truth is that pores don't open and close like doors. The real reason for steaming is to soften the hardened oil in the pore for easier extraction and deeper pore cleansing. The soothing cold towel after a facial doesn't close your pores either.
IT IS NORMAL TO BREAKOUT AFTER A FACIAL.
There is no reason you should break out after a facial. If you do, it’s because the esthetician used the wrong products, or did not do the extraction properly. The esthetician should examine each pore and assess whether the blackhead can be safely extracted. If she thinks that the debris is ready to come out, then it is gently pushed out. If it does not budge, the esthetician should not force it out. You can end up with a scar, or cause the bacteria to spread out.
EXTRACTIONS SHOULD HURT.
Extraction is usually the most dreaded part of any facial procedure. You may have at one time experienced excruciating pain during extraction by a poorly trained esthetician. Contrary to what the esthetician may tell you, extraction should not cause a great deal of pain. You have all the right to complain if she is using too much pressure. Tell her to go easy on your skin. If, after applying gentle pressure, the comedones are not budging, then she should leave them alone.
CLAY MASKS CAN DRAW IMPURITIES OUT OF THE SKIN.
Clay masks can absorb oil and can dry up infected breakouts, but they cannot draw blackheads and impurities out of the skin. The only way blackheads can be removed is by manual extraction. Masks are actually designed to improve the delivery of active ingredients into the skin. Vitamin C is one of the most widely used active. Serums with collagen builders or lightening agents are also quite popular.
FACIALS ARE FOR PAMPERING.
You get more than pampering with facials. For many minor and common skin concerns, having a regular facial can help immensely. If you have dry, or oily, acne-prone skin, facials can help keep your skin balanced. Estheticians are trained to perform regular skin care procedures, and make you feel pampered at the same time.
This column was published in the Manila Bulletin Lifestyle Section on January 14, 2014 . The author is the CEO of SkinStation. He received the 2011 Outstanding Chemist Award from Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) for his achievements in the field of cosmetic chemistry. Skin Smart aims to clarify facts and myths on skin care. Send your questions and comments to firstname.lastname@example.org.