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Why did my acne on my cheeks become worse (and leave scars) after I went to a spa?

I have had acne for as long as I can recall but it's never been horrific, just enough to cause me to be self-conscious about it. Two years ago I went to a spa to have a facial and the technician recommended that I try Ozone therapy.  I went back for two more treatments (a total of 3.)  Each time my face felt great for about two weeks (if a little raw and sensitive) but now I have a huge problem!  I'm not sure if it was the Ozone therapy that caused it or if it's because of my "self-treatment" picking or if it's just a coincidence but now I regularly get acne only on my cheeks and it causes scarring.  Each visit the technician would pop my exisiting zits (she called it some technical term but really, she was just popping them,) and I asked whether or not that was ok, I'd always been told to leave them alone (even though I didn't.)  She told me it was fine as long as I only used my finger pads (not my nails,) my fingers were clean, and I didn't force them to go.

 

Did the Ozone therapy cause some kind of change in my skin?

Why do I only get acne on my cheeks?

My skin is pretty balanced otherwise, no T-zone.

I have very small pores (according to the technician)

 

 

I try to ignore it and not get too obsessed with it but it's getting harder!  Any insight would make me feel a lot better!  Thanks in advance!

I'm sorry to hear you're having scarring. I have dealt wi...

I'm sorry to hear you're having scarring. I have dealt with mild acne for years. It was controlled with Retin-A. Out of nowhere I started getting nodular acne with horrible scarring even though I never touched my face. My dermatologist recommended Accutane wich was the last thing I ever wanted to do because it can be very harmful to some people. I decided to go for it because of my scarring. All my acne scars are from 4 months of nodular acne. I was desperate. I don't regret it and I am not suggesting you get on Accutane....just see your dermatologist because the scarring can be devastating. Drink lots of water, wash with gentle cleanser twice daily and make that appointment!! I wish you nothing but the best!

I've had acne for years now and for awhile I too was gett...

I've had acne for years now and for awhile I too was getting facials. At first the facials seemed to really help clear my skin but after a while they started to irritate it really bad nad made things worse, so I stopped. Just recently I talked to one of the ladys working at a clinique counter in Nordstrom and she told me that facials and too much touching can really irritate the skin, especially if you use scrubs or exfoliates on the skin it will just spread the bacteria all over your skin. I would recogmend using a mild wash and toner and lotion and spot treatment. I use the acne solutions cleanser and toner by clinique along with the acne solutions makeup and with those products my skin has been the best in years. I would skip the facials and focus on NOT picking or touching your face at all! but rather keeping it clean and free of bacteria. Hope this can help a bit Smiley Happy

I, too, have had facials/extractions in the past on a reg...

I, too, have had facials/extractions in the past on a regular basis for acne. I think I went every week at first and then went once every two weeks. Two months in, however, I woke up with bad breakouts and itchy dry skin. I continued to go for one or two weeks to the facialist, but then I stopped because it was pretty bad. I went to a doctor, but not a dermatologist, and at least the itchy dry skin went away. Although I'm not familiar with Ozone therapy, the part about your esthetician actually saying it's ok to pop really depends if your pimples are 'ready' to be popped. If you see an actual whitehead that's in the surface, it's safe to pop, but if it's cystic acne (red, under-the-skin pimple), it's not a wise choice to pop them because that'll just cause inflammation and scars. I would actually stop going to your esthetician if you have scars from the extractions or at least ask to schedule appointments further apart from each other, so that your skin has time to heal. I hope this helps and good luck!

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