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Are facials worth it?

So I got a facial yesterday for the first time. Lovely experience, although she was a crappy masseuse. However my skin didn't really look all that different. I struggle with large pores/blackheads (or whatever the new term for black spots on the nose is). They are the bane of my existence, and I've had them since I was 13. Pore strips work alright, but I feel they are pretty harsh and I don't like using them. I have a pretty vigorous exfoliation routine (alternate with a scrub and clay masks every day), PTR's 2% AHA 10% BHA serum, glycolic acid toner, ect. but I still have these spots.

 

They have gotten better, but are still there, so I thought a facial where they did more intense exfoliation or extractions would help. Maybe I just need a better esthetician? The majority of the salons around me are Aveda salons, and I'm not completely sold on that brand. 

 

Anyways, the point of my ramblings are, do you get regular facials? What brands do they use? How would you suggest choosing a good spa/salon?

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Chupi's back. Back again.

 

Elaine! Facials vary so much. I use to be addicted to Groupon massages and facials. I would Yelp the place before purchasing. I've gotten basic facials, laser ones, chemical peels, etc. A good spa will offer different types of facials (ones targeted to acne, aging, dark spots, etc.)

 

I get the same clogged nose as you and the only thing that helps me is doing extractions once a week. A lot of spa's refuse to do extractions or make you pay more for them.

 

That being said, I no longer get professional facials and just do them myself at home because I have so many products.

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How does one perform extractions? Is it hard or painful? I've never gotten a real facial, but I'm intrigued

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(Sorry, I couldn't resist!)

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They are absolutely worth it! Find a spa that offers multiple type of facials, and look at the Yelp reviews.

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Thanks! My only issue with doing research is that not many places have reviews. I don't live in a bigger city or anything, so its hit and miss with new places. 

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They are hit or miss for me. I have a membership at Massage Envy and it really has depended on who the esthetician is.

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Do any of you guys read the blog Bun Bun's make up tips? She posted about her experience having a facial a while back and looking at those pictures has made me terrified of going to get a facial.

 

It's silly because I know it was obviously an isolated incident and allergic reaction but I am such a paranoid person I can't help thinking WHAT IF

 

Which sucks because I love facials. I don't know if I have them for the actual facial cleansing etc properties or just because they're so wonderfully relaxing.

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Oh geeze. To google!

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Ok, that was the most terrifying thing I've seen in a long time. I'm probably going to cause myself to break out now because I keep touching my face to make sure its not breaking out!

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I HAVE BEEN DOING THE SAME THING. and now i feel a little bumpy on my forehead. so it's probably because i've been rubbing my dirty fingers all over my face.

 

I am sorry I inflicted that on you! I shouldn't have said anything. i am a bad person. I am going to go stand in the corner now.

 

 

 

(It was awful wasn't it? I felt so so so bad for her. She's healed though now it looks like.)

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Thank god. That was just awful. 

 

I can't believe they did extractions after she had the reaction... twice!! I just... wow. Poor girl. 

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Oh my gosh. That poor girl. *cries*

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o h  m y  g o s h

I don't think I'll ever be able to get a facial again.

 

I feel all cringey inside now.

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I wish I hadn't looked it up Smiley Sad  That was scary Smiley Sad

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Oh my...... I saw the pics of that poor girl after the facial and it looked like she had a staph infection all over her face. Made me cringe.

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I have always loved getting facials, and I have been doing them for decades.  I really think the skill and knowledge of the esthetician is most important to me.  How to find a good one?  For me, it has been a lot of trial and error.  I have had horrible facials done at doctor's offices, and I have had fantastic facials done at random hotel spas when on vacation.  It can be very hit-or-miss.

   

I try to avoid spas and estheticians who solely promote one brand.  My skin does not fit into a neat little category on any given day.  I like someone who will offer me choices and variety.  My skin is custom-made, so I like to have it treated that way Smiley Wink  

   

I give myself a facial at home every single week.  I have most of the equipment that I like and need from years of doing this, so I find that I can often do a better job than some random professional who does not know me.

  

I don't know if any of this helps at all, but, for me at least, it has been a willingness to experiment with new places and a lot of trial and error.  I wish you the best of luck in finding what works for you.

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You don't have blackheads on your nose, if they never go away. See here for. my post on what they are.

http://community.sephora.com/t5/Ask-The-Experts/What-he-best-way-to-remove-the-blackhead-from-my-nos...

 

As for nose strips, do NOT use them. They will cause damage to the skin and broken capillaries..they don't even get deep down. I use a mask like Origins clear improvement, after opening the pores, so it can get in the pores.

 

 If you're expecting skin issues to disappear after one facial, they wont. Facials start the skin new for easier home maintenance. I've had them at an Aveda salon, but found the right person - as she also does my eyebrows - and I've been with her for so long she opened her own shop.

 

I never go with the lowest level person (Aveda has tier levels), always the person who is the best (or even trainer) and I ask questions before making an appointment, like what their specialty is etc. I've have also gone to my derm's office, the esthetician is great - they do spa services there while the sell some brands - she never sells products just gives tons of samples. Even before you make an appointment, see if you can have a consultation with the actual person to discuss your skin. You want someone who will customize the facial to your needs. I've always had extractions included, you can tell them if you don't want. I've also had facials on cruises, trips - some try to sell you products, others don't, I may even ask if they try to hard sell.

 

Also do not use masks everyday, this dries the skin out causing it to try to catch up to restore it's needed moisture and regrowth rapidly. Only use a mask 1-2 times a week, you wont see faster, better results by using daily. The scrub, once a day, but don't scrub too hard Smiley Wink You may also be using too many harsh products daily, sounds like the skin isn't able to take a breather.

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Thank you for all of the info! "sebaceous filaments" was the word I was forgetting! I knew they were different than blackheads, although still very irritating to see. I'll up my scrub to daily, and cut back my mask from every other day to twice a week. I have seen improvement after using Glam Glow (a very recent purchase!) so hopefully that will help. 

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I've seen a big improvement in my nose pores after using a glycolic peel once a week (which opens the pores) followed by the glamglow mask. I feel like using the peel first really helps the glamglow work to its full potential. The pores are still clearly there but not as dark and the surface is much smoother.

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Thanks for the tip! I just ordered the Un-Wrinkle peel pads which have a lot of glycolic acid in them. 

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I do the reserve: I use a mask first, then a glycolic treatment. Though, at Skin Spa, they do a professional peel that needs neutralizing first, then put a mask on me.

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Don't scrub too much! What scrub are you using?

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I've been using clinique's scrub (not the 7 day cream one)

 

http://www.sephora.com/exfoliating-scrub-P122718?skuId=579490

 

And I'm pretty gentle with it. Not like how I used to use St Ive's apricot scrub until my face was pink.... Bad days. 

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The best facials I have ever had are at Aveda salons - I'm not sure why you're not "sold" on the brand - everything I have ever used from them has been really lovely.  My hair is my pride and joy, and it's just been washed in their products.  I do stray from them occasionally, but I always go back.

 

I've had facials that are so bad that they didn't involve steam or extractions at all.  One was so bad all she basically did was use a set of samples from Juice Beauty and play new age music.  I can do that at home - and get the whole set of products for about what she charged!

 

Generally speaking, facials improve my pores and the texture of my skin.  If you were disappointed, I'd try a different provider.

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