I know you didn't ask me but....it's of course always a possibility as you're putting pressure on the skin but pros are pretty good at not causing any undue trauma to the skin. They can use different enzymes and other solutions to help soften the plugs making extraction that much easier. And should know which ones not to mess with. Not all extractions can be done in one visit....some just aren't ready.
I don't feel it's necessary to see an esthetician to get acne under control in general or to get facials. I agree it can be beneficial to see an esthetician for the reasons you've mentioned, but I don't feel it's an essential part of getting acne under control, it's just one possible treatment option which is largely subject to the skill and knowledge of the esthetician. Again, I'm not saying it's bad to see an esthetician or that it's better to try and treat acne on one's own first; how beneficial seeing an esthetician is depends on the needs of the client and the esthetician's skill and knowledge.
[ \ The reason why I didn't recommend going to an esthetician for regular facials is simply because I don't feel it's necessary to treating acne. \[/i
Is it just the facial part that you don't feel is necessary? Or seeing an esthetician to get the acne under control in general? Because while an actual facial could be beneficial (such as the above mentioned extractions, or peels specifically for acne, calming and soothing inflammatory prone skin, or combating the possible drying effects of a breakout busting regime) it is the knowledge and guidance in helping someone understand how to care for their skin that's most important and a reason to see one in itself.....especially with acne....and especially in the beginning. As evidenced in this thread, and on this entire board people need guidance. That's what you're trying to do here and look how many people appreciate and benefit from it.
Yes. And many also use a solution under the steam to soften them further. Sometimes a machine is used (a wand that produces a current) to drive the solution deeper and soften them also. Makes it so much easier.
That's right....and my friend is now f'd in the head and has said many times she has a lot of trouble trusting ANY guy now because of it. I'm sick of hearing it.She's got other options. She just misses the attention when she doesn't go in and doesn't want the responsibility of having a 'schedule' like in a real job.
I have a friend who is actually a dancer. She doesn't do it because she has bad skin (she doesn't). She does it because, although she won't admit this, she likes the male attention. I suspect most of the girls in this profession do it for the same reason.
SnowQueen, This thread is a great resource and I appreciate the effort you put in trying to help the people who seek your advice. However, I have to disagree with your comments about estheticians. It is true, as with any profession, there are good ones, and ones not so good. Good (most) estheticians know better than to be overly aggressive and use products too harsh for an individual....much more so than the average person does. You are right when you say home care is key (and most estheticians stress this)....but it is important to remember that there are sooooo many people out there that don't know what good home care is, let alone the difference between a breakout and irritation. There are many more people out there who could use guidance in these areas than there are those in here that have found your thread. And an esthetician or doc has the advantage of seeing and feeling what's actually going on with someone's skin. Microdermabrasion and chemical peels can be nice additions to some peoples skin care routines but they are not the sole purpose for seeking an esthetician, neither are extractions. I believe the area they can be of most importance is in accurately assessing the current condition of the skin and determining the best approach and products to correct any problems....regular facials can be very important in the beginning in order to monitor the progress and address any additonal concerns that may arise as the skin is brought back to a healthy condition. Is it necessary to go every week or two or every month forever? No. There is a point when you need only go for 'maintenance' depending on what it is you are trying to accomplish. But, in the beginnning, it can be important. And skin care routines may need to be altered at any given time as your skin does not behave the same way forever. It's important to educate people as to the best way to care for their skin, as you are trying to do here. There are many more people who bounce from product to product or script to script, looking for that 'one' thing that will put an end to their probelms (and with all the ads that make it seem possible, I don't blame them) than who study and research and learn all they can to be able to know what's happening and why, and how to fix it. That's where a good esthetician or doc can help. They know a heck of a lot more than the average person has time to learn about how to care for different types and conditions, and can cut years off the time people spend suffering and bouncing around trying to do it themselves. Do you think, if once you get your license and if you choose to practice, that the best you could do for people is pop some zits or do a peel or micro once in a while? I don't. I think a lot of people here find your information and advice very helpful and I think you could do even more sharing that in the real world with the added benefit of being able to see, feel, and monitor what exactly people are dealing with and helping them learn how to care for their skin for life.
Wanted to mention that while it is a nice moisturizer...it does not contain spf. It seems hard to find gel formulas for the face with an spf....I can't think of any found in drudstores off the top of my head but do know a company called IMAGE makes two. An spf 15 and 30 but they're only sold through professionals. Not too pricey either considering their size.
I say it a lot, but that's because I see it a lot.....especially with Paula's...very well formulated but a little toooo good for a lot of poeple...especialy if you're skin is already out of whack or sensitive because of using other acne products.