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Facial Massage—Friend or Foe?

May 21, 2010 by  
Filed under Acne, Education, Skin Care

Question: Dear Val, I recently went for a facial at a beautiful spa.  It was great, very relaxing.  The only problem was the Aesthetician insisted on giving me a facial massage as part of the facial. I told her that I didn’t think I should get one because I have acne-prone skin and I had heard that a facial massage could make it worse. She said a facial massage couldn’t make my acne any worse.  A week later, I notice my skin is flaring up a little. Could it be from the massage?

–Kristin K., Wilmington, DE

Dear Kristin,

You are most certainly correct.  A facial massage can cause acne prone skin to flare up.  It is disappointing to hear that your  Aesthetician did not know this and therefore did not provide you with the proper skin care for your specific skin type.

A facial massage stimulates blood flow to the skin, which can have numerous health benefits.  For some people, however, this stimulation underneath the skin can worsen inflammatory conditions such as acne, psoriasis, eczema and cold sores.

When a technician understands that these conditions are present, a facial massage should be omitted from the facial protocol for that patient.  You may still enjoy a massage of your hands, arms and feet during the facial.

Before receiving any facial, be sure that your technician thoroughly reviews your skin type and is informed of any medications you are on, prescription or even over the counter.  All of this information is very important for an experienced Aesthetician that will determine the best course of action to care for your skin appropriately.

In this case, unfortunately, the Aesthetician was not experienced enough, or perhaps licensed to treat skin.

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About Valentina Chistova

Valentina Chistova is a world-renowned aesthetician and beauty expert whose experience encompasses all facets of skin care and body treatments. Internationally trained, educated and certified, Valentina has devoted more than twenty years to her profession.

Valentina is a member of the National Cosmetology Association and a CIDESCO candidate (Comite International Desthetique et de Cosmetologie Desthetique), which is the highest degree of beauty therapy certification available in the United States and worldwide. Most recently, Valentina completed a rigorous training program with the Spanish organization Wontersaf, one of the world’s leading centers for trichology, capillary diagnostics and scalp and hair treatment to combat hair loss and other hair dysfunctions. Valentina also holds a Registered Nursing Degree from Kharkov State University and Cosmetology degrees from the Kharkov Medical Institute in the Ukraine and the Capri Institute of Cosmetology in New Jersey.

Valentina is the owner and director of skin care for Aquamedica Salon and Day Spa in Long Branch NJ.

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