The facial which helps with spots
Facials get a bad rap with people who suffer from blemishes or acne, with many believing a session in a professional salon will leave their skin looking worse. The theory is that facials cause spots, but that’s not the whole story. In fact spots take weeks to build up under the skin before they are visible, so all that happens during a facial is that the expert helps them rise to the surface – and they should deal with them so they aren’t visible too.
In actual fact, there are some facial treatments which are specifically targeted at people with blemish-prone skin.
“We've got a very good facial for blemishes, we've had some amazing results with that. It's a specialist peel, then we use blue light,” beauty therapist and make-up artist Nathalie Eleni told Cover Media.
“A lot of the time people with blemished skin can actually have quite sensitive skin, because it's generally quite inflamed and then people often use very strong things on their skin so it can have a bit of a detrimental effect and can actually aggravate it. So to start with we have some calming facials just to gently peel away flaky skin, which is often associated with blemished skin. Then we'll do a spot peel, which is a mix of - at a low percentage - salicylic acid and glycolic acid, so it's very gentle but it is very effective. And then we use blue light over the skin, which helps to kill the bacteria in the follicle. It's really good and it's not invasive at all, it's very gentle.”
This is done for several treatments, after which the client progresses to a stronger type of acne peel. Nathalie calls the results of this process “amazing”, revealing one woman started to feel confident for the first time in years thanks to the impact it had on her skin.
Of course not everyone has the done to spend on courses of beauty therapy, which is why she’s given some tips on caring for spots at home.
“The thing is a lot of it is stress or hormonal, but there are some great things you can do at home,” she said. “You can buy high frequency hand-held gadgets. Also blue lights - if you're consistent with them they do really work, but you can't just use it once, you have to really stick to it. That can really make a difference and also there're some good supplements. I do think keeping the skin really clean and using something with salicylic in it, that's going to really deeply clean the pores, and keeping away from overly-perfumed products too.”