A. Yes OR no, and both are considered normal! While it’s easy to put all blame on your esthetician, it all really depends on several factors and what condition your skin is in the first place. .
Purging - If you don’t exfoliate regularly or use any “active” ingredient products you very well could have a few years worth of dead skin cells, sunscreen and sebum in your pores and deeper layers of your skin. Then you decide to get a facial and receive a professional exfoliation or they use a detoxifying clay mask on your skin and BOOM, 💥 that bacteria comes to the surface of the skin creating a breakout. It’s the “worse before better” situation and while it’s not that fun to go through at the moment your skin will be in better shape in the long run.
Reactive/Sensitized Skin - If your skin is already sensitized from the products you're using, a reaction like tiny whiteheads or rash could occur. .
Allergies - Simply sometimes you are allergic to an ingredient/fragrance or your skin doesn’t agree with the new brand of products. If you have known allergies/sensitivities let your esthetician know. There are all kinds of fruit and flower extracts, nut oils, sulfur etc. in skincare products. 🍒🌰🍍
The Esthetician - When to blame the esthetician is if she doesn’t properly finish the job she started. After extractions, a toner should be used to clean the skin of any bacteria that may have happened during the extraction process. If you are particularly acne prone, absolutely request the use of high frequency (the thing that sounds like a bug zapper) after extractions to put an antibacterial layer on the skin. .
If you haven’t received a facial before and are nervous about breaking out, I recommend scheduling your appointment at a time you don’t have a lot going on/big event.
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