Fact Or Fable: Facials and microdermabrasion are good for your skin care routine


A “facial” is a skincare procedure typically involving the cleansing, exfoliating, extracting, moisturizing and massaging of the face, with the goal of achieving clear, hydrated skin.  It can also include the use of steam, creams, aromatherapy, masks or peels.  Microdermabrasion is the sloughing off of dead skin cells. Facials and microdermabrasion treatments are commonly offered at spas around the world, and are generally considered to be relaxing and stimulating experiences, but does that mean that they are good for your regular skincare routine?

While these treatments may feel good, dermatologists note that facials and microdermabrasion have no long-term skin benefit, beyond relaxation. The results you get from facial treatments depends on many factors, most importantly the condition of your skin.  If your skin is acne-prone, the results of your facial or microdermabrasion treatments can vary depending on the severity of your acne, how often you have either procedure performed, how consistent you are with your skin care routine at home, and the expertise of the esthetician conducting the treatment.

In addition if the ingredients used in your facial are wrong for your skin type, that facial can actually cause acne (if you haven’t had it before) or cause it to worsen. That is because the treatment has to stay on the skin for an extended period of time to ensure that it gets deep down in the pores. The likelihood of acne can be reduced by getting a facial which includes natural ingredients that won’t irritate your skin.  Read the labels of the products  before purchasing natural facials or getting it done at the spa.  If you tend to make your own facials, you can include these natural ingredients, for great results.

Natural Ingredients
Natural products such as oatmeal, honey, and fruit and vegetable extracts can alleviate acne and aid in absorbing impurities, while moisturizing without clogging pores.

Bad Ingredients
Deep cleansing treatments including alcohol, heavy oils and harsh scrubs can irritate skin, causing redness and burning. Some may even cause clogged pores producing breakouts.

So enjoy the spa treatment, while leaving the pain at home.  Be consistent with your daily skin routine and inquire about the ingredients of facial treatments so that your treatment can be relaxing and invigorating, but most of all good for your skin.

  • sara davis

    Microdermabrasion?…Many factors, including type of machine/crystals used, technician ability/knowledge and your skin type can influence the outcome for your skin…

    Stay out of the sun afterwards! I’ve heard that a natural sunscreen product called Sun Putty has been used after procedures like this because it is natural, without synthetic ingredients and shields your skin from the sun while nurturing it as well…

    More information can be found here: http://www.sunputty.com

  • Sikreyto

    hi! My dermatologist have told me that microdermabrasion is good only for skins without acne or pimple breakout. meaning before you use it, your skin must be acne-free to prevent the spread of infection…Also, she said that its really effective for acne scars, wrinkles and fine lines…There are two types of Microdermabrassion… The crystal and crystal-free, she said both are just the same in terms of results…