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Are Facials Safe for Our Skin?

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Facials are safe and beneficial

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There are many benefits to a facial in addition to being relaxing.  Facials should be performed by qualified professionals who can analyze skin and decide which products should be used.  Extractions clean out pores and the massage can stimulate circulation.  Facials can be combined with chemical peels or microdermabrasion for an anti-aging treatment.  The advantage of having a facial in a dermatologist's office is that you can be examined by the dermatologist if the aesthetician finds an unusual growth that the patient may not have noticed.


Toronto Dermatologist
5.0 out of 5 stars 15 reviews

Facials - equivocal!

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The biggest benefit from a facial is the 'feel good' factor, attributable primarily to the massage component. The exfoliation/ creams do not offer a very great benefit over some superior products, which can be used comfortably at home. Also, now with home microdermabrasion/ dry exfoliation tools, and home chemical peels, there is no definite added advantage to a facial, whatever its name!

However, one does 'feel good' and 'pampered' after a facial, which doesnt quite happen when massaging one's own face! So I guess facials are here to stay, but in patients with acne/ oily skin, it is better to avoid these, since overenthusiastic massaging and hydration can end up causing more pimples to break out!

Renita Lourdhurajan, MD, DNB
India Dermatologist
4.5 out of 5 stars 2 reviews

Are facials safe for our skin?

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Are facials safe for our skin? The answer to this question is not straight forward as there are many different types of facials. They certainly can be but all procedures have risks. Does the facial simply entail rubbing a mild cream on the face or are acids being applied and other prcedures being done? Who is performing the facial? Is the person licensed? Are there underlying skin problems? What are the goals of the facial? Facials are generally considered low risk but only get your facial from a qualified professional.

Dina D. Strachan, MD
New York Dermatologist
3.5 out of 5 stars 6 reviews

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Facials are safe for the skin

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Like any procedure, it is important to go to a reputable physician for the facial.  Sterile conditions and proper aesthetic protocols need to be maintained.  No one but a physician should inject or treat your skin.  Look at the experience of the assistants and physician.  I love the oxygen facials and microdermabrasion in combination for beautiful results,

Michele S. Green, MD
New York Dermatologist
5.0 out of 5 stars 27 reviews

Facials do help

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Facials can be helpful for a number of people, for both those with healthy skin, and those with problem skin such as acne. We often recommend monthly facials for 4-6 treatments, and then maintenance 3-4 times per year.  A proper facial will soothe your skin, clean out plugged pores, treat and reduce acne breakouts and give you more hydration and a nice glow to your skin.

Benjamin Barankin, MD
Toronto Dermatologic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 19 reviews

Facials are good for the skin

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Facials can help to improve and rejuventate the skin by exfoliating the top layers of the skin.   Enjoy! 

Anatoli Freiman, MD
Toronto Dermatologist
5.0 out of 5 stars 4 reviews

Facials are safe - if done right

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Getting a facial can be enjoyable and help you look your best.  However, be sure that your esthetician is using high quality products and is gentle with your skin.  Too aggressive extractions, etc can cause persistent dark spots on patients with darker toned skin.

Jeffrey Ellis, MD
Long Island Dermatologic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 1 review

Facials great thing to maintain your youth

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Hello, We recommend to our patients to do facial at least once a month. it is indeed a great way to maintain you skin glowing and young. Definitely, make sure to choose an esthetician with experience, knowledgeable and especially make sure she uses excellent products.

Good luck! :-)

Victoria Karlinsky, MD
Manhattan General Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 8 reviews

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