Facial Treatments for Acne - Should You Go for One?
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Many people try to get rid of acne by going for facials. Some do it religiously, sometimes every week, while some do it only when they get breakouts. But is it a good idea to go for a facials? Acne or no acne, experts in dermatology have been warning people for years about the dangers of getting facials.
How can facials ruin the skin? First of all, it depends on the type of facial. Most cosmetic treatments that you can get in a beauty salon are very harsh on the skin. The main problem is that your skin doesn't need any kind of chemicals, scrubbing, or surface skin removing. The cellular structure of the skin is quite complex, so any of these treatments can produce damage on a cellular level. For people with acne the damage can be more severe because they already have inflamed skin. Even treatments that seem to use very advanced techniques and chemicals can potentially harm your skin. After a cosmetic treatment you can end up with inflammation, scarring, premature wrinkles, or hyper-pigmentation.
In addition, our skin has a protective layer that keeps it healthy. Acne sufferers are sometimes under the impression that their skin is already damaged and they need a harsh treatment to treat it. You skin is not damaged, yet. But removing the protective layer will only make the condition worse. Extractions are usually recommended for removing pimples and other blemishes. Actually, an extraction is the equivalent of popping pimples. Even the most professional cosmetologist can end up damaging the follicle and pushing the bacteria deep inside the dermis. It is advisable to never get extractions if you want to avoid damaging the skin and getting scars.
Your skin doesn't need scrubbing! Scrubbing is the probably the worst skin treatment ever invented. Your skin needs gentle handling, especially if you have blemishes. Scrubbing the skin will not help you get rid of acne because it does not address the cause of acne. If impurities or dirt were the cause of acne, then everyone working in a dusty environment would have acne. Acne is caused by an imbalance inside the body. It is worth looking into treating hormonal imbalances, getting the right nutrients, and healing the gut. Washing your face with harsh chemicals can also make acne worse in the long term.
Dry skin does not prevent acne from forming. It' a fact that your skin produces sebum because it needs it. Skin oil has been pointed out as a cause of acne for ages, when excess sebum is actually just a consequence of other factors. Estheticians promise you that getting a facial removes the excess oil and get rid of acne. No facial can be a remedy for excess oil production. More so, a facial that makes your skin dry can make acne worse. That happens because dry skin is not the solution for acne. You can have really dry skin from benzoyl peroxide and still get really bad acne because it forms deep inside the pores. If you have excess skin oil, then any chemical that disturbs the balance will make the condition worse. Your skin gets used to a certain treatment and can become dependent on it. Then it's no wonder that sebum production is disturbed. Even collagen production and cell formation can be hindered by some chemicals, so facials can make the skin condition worse over time.
When we say natural we think harmless and gentle, but it's not always the case. Some spas advertise natural treatments with sea salts and other natural ingredients. But if we were to look at our skin under a microscope while being scrubbed with sea salt, we would understand why it gets inflamed after such a treatment. It is best to choose carefully the things that you put on your skin, especially if you have acne.
The best home facial that you can do is to use clay as a mask. Clay is full of minerals that nourish the skin, and it is quite gentle compared to other ingredients. Also, clay is able to remove impurities and toxins from the deeper layers of your skin. Mix the clay with water and apply the paste to your face. Leave it on until it is completely dry (about 20 minutes) and then gently scrub it off. You will see a big improvement and the skin will not be damaged.
Although cosmetic treatments promise to get rid of your acne, the simply can't. Most acne sufferers report no improvement after getting cosmetic treatments for acne on a regular basis. Many other people also notice that their skin gets worse after these treatments, and they get even more acne breakouts as a result. The remedy for acne is one that address the main cause of acne on an individual basis.