The facial industry has boomed in recent years thanks to the rise of #selfcare on social media. As a result, many over-the-counter products have been released that swear they’ll give you incredible results. Unfortunately, this opens the door for potential skin complications, such as acne and rashes.
In this post, you’ll learn three major mistakes to avoid when trying facials, both at home and at spas.
Leaving the Mask or Product on for Too Long
There are specific instructions on all facials for a reason; leaving products on your skin for too long can disrupt the natural pH balance of your skin. This can cause irritation, breakouts, rashes, and even negative reactions.
Some people falsely assume that leaving masks on for longer means they’ll reap greater benefits; this isn’t true. Always follow instructions closely, and be sure to take the mask or product off immediately and rinse your face with mild soap and lukewarm water if you experience itching, tingling, or burning.
Choosing the Wrong Ingredients for Your Skin Type
Sensitive skin does not respond well to many of the harsh ingredients and fragrances added to commercial facial products. You should choose masks or facials with formulas designed for your skin, whether that’s dry, oily, or mixed.
Patients with acne want to be especially cautious when trying new facials, even if they are going to a spa. You want to avoid any ingredients that could further clog pores or stimulate oil production and cause more breakouts.
Over-Treating Your Skin
One facial treatment per week should be enough for most patients. Having facials too frequently or trying too many different products can also harm your skin’s natural balance while stripping it of essential oils.
To preserve your skin’s integrity and fortify its skin barrier, limit your facials to once every 7-10 days.
Get the Skin Care Advice You’ve Been Waiting For From Dr. Kronberg
Dr. Esta Kronberg is a board-certified dermatologist with nearly 40 years in practice. Her dedication to helping each patient receive the best skin care treatments for their needs has helped her build a thriving practice in Houston.
Dr. Kronberg practices with Dr. Noori Kim, who is also board-certified and completed multiple residences at Tufts Medical Center and Johns Hopkins University.
To schedule a consultation, please email the office or call 713-771-8941.