I am often asked ” Would having regular facials help my skin?”
Facials can be especially beneficial for men and women with acne prone skin characterized by lots of comedones (blackheads and whiteheads). A skilled esthetician can use masques, steaming and mechanical extraction to get rid of the blocked pores, resulting in smoother, clearer skin. Combining regular facials with prescription topical acne medication containing vitamin A, such as Retin A, Differin or Tazarac can maintain the benefits.
For very dry or sun damaged skin, facials can aid in hydrating the skin. Mild exfoliation reduces the dead skin layer, allowing better penetration of the moisturizers and antiaging products applied afterward. After the facial, a good skin care program using cleanser, moisturizer, sunscreen and anti-aging treatment products appropriate for dry skin will help maintain the benefit.
In our fast paced and stressful world, there is psychological benefit to 45 minutes or an hour of relaxation and pampering. For some the pampering is the main attraction.
What about “oxygen” or “microcurrent” or ” ultrasound” facials. Is there any evidence that the addition of these new technologies will improve your skin? And, is it worthe $125-$400? I think there is little scientific evidence to support the claims of the device makers. For more information on “new” facials, click here.
Based on current evidence, I suggest facials for patients with stubborn comedonal acne that doesn’t clear completely with topicals medication. I also recommend facials for patients desiring a non invasive skin smoothing and hydrating treatment.
Nikki Darlak, the medical esthetician in our practice, performs facials with dermaplaning , a procedure that gently removes fine facial hairs leaving the skin markedly smoother and free of hair. This treatment is especially popular before special events as it allows better application of makeup. This treatment is less costly than an “oxygen” or “ultrasound” facial and provides immediate benefit.