It happens almost every time with me. I get a facial and walk out with glowing skin only to discover a breakout party on my face later in the day. Which makes me wonder, didn’t I spend my money and time just to prevent this exact thing from happening? I wonder whose fault is it? Is it the facialist or the cream that was used to be blamed? Just what makes skin breakout after a facial treatment—and who’s to be blamed?
I decided to take a closer look at whether breaking out after a facial is normal. While it seems like a bad sign, some would argue that it proves the facial was effective.
So which is it? Why does the skin breakout after a facial?
Renowned aestheticians bring out two things that they believe are equally true: The skin should not break out after a facial. Yet it’s normal if it does (nothing on the severe side). Because sometimes the skin tends to get worse before it gets better. Skin can take the treatment as a sign to detox. When you detoxify, your body rids itself of toxins and impurities, oftentimes through the skin and it can leave your skin looking luminous. But before you get to that luminous point, you may first break out in pimples or rashes as toxins release through the skin which causes breakouts.
Other reason as brought out for breakout is when doing a lot of extractions to clear out bumps and blackheads, sometimes not all of the lodged oil will come out and because a good facialist will never force anything that doesn’t want to come out, some purging can occur a day or two after a facial as the pore does its own self-cleaning. But once those heal up, the pores should be much clearer to prevent future breakouts.
Another reason behind the breakout can be the over eager extractions. A good facialist should allow plenty of time preparing skin for extractions—not just with steam, but with exfoliants and massage. Also some skin over reacts to steam, facial massage, new products and it can cause a breakout.
Conclusion: It is indeed okay to break out after a facial as it simply means toxins are being released through your skin. But if the breakout is severe then it’s a red flag. Probably the product was too heavy and greasy for your skin which clogged your pores. It is important to keep things lightweight and avoid using oils for those who are acne-prone.
It is always recommended that one should be aware of his/her skin type and should avoid anything too aggressive or any facial treatment that could irritate the skin. Make sure you tell your facialist about ingredients and techniques that don’t work for you.
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