I adore that refreshed and rosy, just-stepped out of the spa feeling I get post facial. My pores feel fresh and clean from the extractions and soft from the exfoliation and cleansing—until I wake up the next day to a face full of zits. This is my biggest complaint about my skin post facial and I sometimes wonder if it’s even worth the facial in the first place. Little did I know, however, that these breakouts could have been partly my fault for not taking care of my skin properly initially after the facial.
Breakouts are fairly common after a facial and they can sometimes occur because of purging of the skin after getting the gunk out of your pores. Skin is ultra sensitive after a deep clean and there are a number of things that can irritate your vulnerable skin and cause irritation and breakouts.
Working out and visiting a steam room or sauna is a no-no right after a facial treatment. Heating and sweating will take away the glow that you just got from your facial and could cause your pores to block-up. According to Well+Good NYC washing your face and using Retin A or Renova right after is also a no-no. “You’ve just had it washed by a professional who spent 59 minutes more on cleansing your skin than you usually do. You can skip this step in the spa shower and at bedtime.” They added that using alpha hydroxy acids and vitamin A on the skin after a facial treatment will irritate the skin. It’s best to give the skin a two or three day rest from these products. It’s also important to stay out of the sun, as skin is more sensitive and vulnerable after a facial, which usually involves scrubbing or a peel.
Remember, don’t pick
Though obviously not desired, breakouts after facials are common and it’s important to remember not to pick at your skin. According to Discovery Fit and Health’s website, breakouts can happen because of bacteria from extracting. “A determined esthetician may apply too much pressure, releasing the blockage, but also bursting the surrounding follicle. If this occurs, the bacteria from the blackhead can spread to other follicles nearby, leading to infection and resulting in post-facial pimples.”
The most important thing to remember during a post-facial breakout is to not pick. Sometimes facialists will also leave pimples alone during a facial when they are not close enough to the surface to extract. Picking at them can make them worse, irritated and it’s easy to spread the bacteria leading to more breakouts. It can also cause unwanted scarring. Best advice is to leave it alone and it may come to a head within 24 hours due to a deep-cleansing facial. Also, you can call your facialist for a follow-up extraction visit if need be when the pimple is ready to pop.
The key to maintaining that glow for as long as possible and keeping breakouts to a minimum is to treat skin with gentle care after a facial. These are tips that I’ll be sure to follow in order to nix that post-facial breakout I despise.