Do We Really Need Facial? (photo)

My derms suggest me to do facial (by popping pimple, comedo) every two weeks. And i always ask her why (cause it's expensive and make scars on my face, and i read that we shouldn't popping pimples cause it made scar). Do we really need it? Thanks for info.

Doctor Answers 3

Do you NEED a facial?

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Do you need a facial- no.  A facial, however,  which includes extraction of blackhead and whiteheads, can be an helpful part of your acne treatment, however.  More importantly you should get on a proper medical treatment plan.  You may particularly benefit from a topical retinoid if you have many plugged pores and dark spots.  Chemical peels can also be helpful.  A facial may help but you can treat your acne without one if you prefer. 

New York Dermatologist

Treating acne

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I would recommend making an appointment to treat your acne first and foremost. There are numerous cosmetic treatment options to aid in the hyperpigmentation and scarring you may be experiencing. I always recommend against popping your pimples as it may cause scarring. Chemical peels and microdermabrasion may also help your acne.

Joshua L. Fox, MD
Long Island Dermatologic Surgeon
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Facials are beneficial for acne

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If you have comedones, facials with extractions, together with prescription medication such as tretinoin cream, help clear your acne more quickly.  When performed professionally, extractions do not leave scars and is not the same as "popping pimples" which should be avoided.

Martie Gidon, MD, FRCPC
Toronto Dermatologist

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