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Siouxsie

Bad Facial Experience

I got a facial for acne about 6 weeks ago and I dont think it went well.

The aesthetician popped many of my zits during the facial (isnt popping ALWAYS bad?) and there are now very dark red marks in those spots. I have been doing very good (for me) at not picking & so it disturbed me that she would do this to my face.

Then after the facial she tells me to expect a significant flare up - not before, but after...i guess she knew I would go running out the door if she told me before.

This woman has acne on her cheeks & i just wonder why her skin isnt clear if she knows what she's doing...

I told her my skin was sensitive & afterward she told me it handled the facial fine & was not that sensitive. That irritated me. I have lived in this skin for 23 years & I know that it can be extremely sensitive, it is just unpredictable what will set it off.

My skin did flare up REALLY BAD; I got acne in places I never break out (on my cheeks) and a weird blotchy redness on my cheeks I've never had (luckily that is mostly gone now). I do not plan on going back but am still interested in facials in general (just not that one).

How do you find a good aesthetician? What are the best kinds of facials for acne?

I am especially interested in ones that clear out pores as I have some stubborn blackheads on my nose.

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My esthetician works in my derm's office. They have a spa as part of their practice. The facials I get are called "acne surgery" and she does do extractions.

I've had a facial at a "day spa" and felt a lot like you did after it was over. I broke out really bad.

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Sorry to hear that you had a bad experience. There is definitely a great deal of variation in the skill level of estheticians - particularly when it comes to treating acne-prone or sensitive skin. I would also suggest to generally avoid getting facials in spa types of places (unless you get a good personal recommendation from someone who has gone to a particular esthetician at a spa). I would say it is best if you can find an esthetician who either works in a derm's office or who specializes in treating acne (these specialists seem to be few and far between though). I have been going to an esthetician near me in the SF bay area - she specializes in treating acne and she has really done wonders for my skin. She got rid of the inflamed acne I had on my chin in about 6-7 wks.

I don't think that extracting acne lesions is necessarily bad - the person you went to may not have done it properly. If done correctly, it can help keep your acne under control and help clear you up faster. When I started with my esthetician, I was getting extractions done every 2 wks.

So, I would say to do a bit of checking and research before you choose another esthetician - there are definitely some excellent ones out there. Find out if they are good at treating acne and what experience they have with it. Ask for any clients they may have who can provide referrals about their services.

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I wish I knew the answers to your Qs about facials and aestheticians; I have those same questions. But I noticed you mentioned blackheads. I used to have blackheads on my nose and cheeks, but ever since I began brushing lightly with a facial brush daily they have completely shrunk into nothingness. I explain in detail what I do everyday in my log. It's cheap and easy. :D

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i've had facials for years.

my facialist also works with a derm,a dns he also does extractions. that is also what held my acne under control before i discovered csr. but is still go to her

the most important thing is to find someone really really good, who has a lot of knowledge on skin.

you also have to look at their skin, b/c you should of seen her acne before the treatment and you should of though sth

my facialist is almost 60 years old, and her daughter, who's her assistant is 28 and they've both got beautiful skin

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The facials I have received from a plastic surgeon's or dermatologist's office were great.

The facials I have received from a spa or salon were terrible.

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Any reccomendations for the Phoenix, AZ area? My old derm used to do extractions but these people I am going to now won't even give cortisone injections. Boo.

I am not sure if she reads these threads, but I believe LionQueen does/did live out here :)

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Sorry to hear that you had a bad experience. There is definitely a great deal of variation in the skill level of estheticians - particularly when it comes to treating acne-prone or sensitive skin. I would also suggest to generally avoid getting facials in spa types of places (unless you get a good personal recommendation from someone who has gone to a particular esthetician at a spa). I would say it is best if you can find an esthetician who either works in a derm's office or who specializes in treating acne (these specialists seem to be few and far between though). I have been going to an esthetician near me in the SF bay area - she specializes in treating acne and she has really done wonders for my skin. She got rid of the inflamed acne I had on my chin in about 6-7 wks.

I don't think that extracting acne lesions is necessarily bad - the person you went to may not have done it properly. If done correctly, it can help keep your acne under control and help clear you up faster. When I started with my esthetician, I was getting extractions done every 2 wks.

So, I would say to do a bit of checking and research before you choose another esthetician - there are definitely some excellent ones out there. Find out if they are good at treating acne and what experience they have with it. Ask for any clients they may have who can provide referrals about their services.

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I'm certainly not defending a bum aesthetician, but I do think sometimes it IS normal to have a flare-up after a facial no matter how good they are. I only say this b/c I had a chemical peel yesterday and the lady let me know that I could experience another breakout due to the fact that the acid is pulling the bacteria up and out of the skin.

Although the part about the extractions leaving dark marks is a little disconcerting! There is a way to do that properly so it doesn't leave scars! I had extractions YESTERDAY, and don't have marks from it! :think:

And yes, an aesthetician with acne on her cheeks is disconcerting as well - my goodness, who is this woman??

Next time you go somewhere, you could ask to speak with existing clients of the facility. Also ask the aesth. how long they've been working, and if they have before and after photos of other people. Any reputable facility will be more than happy to provide this.

By the way if anyone's in Southern Utah (haha, as if) the Elase Medical Spa has been excellent so far! I highly recommend.

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