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FAQ

Even though your skin is the largest organ most people dont know every much on what they should do with their skin or where to start on the taking care of your face to prevent acne, prematurely aging, and so forth. Here are some frequently asked questions about skincare.


  1. Why should I have a facial?
  2. What type of treatment should I have?
  3. How often should I have an appointment?
  4. What can I expect from my facial treatment or microdermabrasion?
  5. Will a facial treatment make me break out?
  6. I'm in my 40's, why am I'm still breaking out?
  7. Is there anything I can do to get rid of my wrinkles without a facelift, collagen or other injections?
  8. What about acne on my chest and back?
  9. Do I need to use a toner after cleansing?
  10. Should I exfoliate?
  11. Is Microdermabrasion or an Acid Peel better or more effective for rejuvenating the skin?

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1. Why should I have a facial?
Most people have facials as a form or relaxation, or as a reward. We really should see having a professional facial treatment as much more than an occasional treat. Professional facials incorporate using products with much stronger active ingredients, which promote a visible benefit immediately. These treatments boost the efficacy of home care products, as well as decongest areas impossible for individuals to do themselves. An Esthetician may use magnification and ultra violet lights to determine skin type and condition, and recommend a course of action to correct any complaints the patient has about their skin. One main purpose in having a professional treatment is the education the patient receives. There are hundreds of skin care products available, and individuals wishing to improve the quality of their skin must see an Esthetician for analysis and recommendations for a proper home care system.

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2. What type of treatment should I have?
This question is best answered after a thorough analysis of the skin has been performed. Once the skin type has been determined, and the desires and expectations of the patient have been expressed, a treatment plan can be designed. As individuals vary, so do the treatments. We customize our facials based on the needs and problem areas the patient is experiencing. There are treatments that nearly everyone can have, unless allergies prevent them.

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3. How often should I have an appointment?
The average patient will have a facial every 4-6 weeks, but you can have a facial with a glycolic acid peel as frequently as once a week. Microdermabrasion may be performed as often as every two weeks. To maintain results from the microdermabrasion sessions, you should repeat the treatment about every 6 weeks once the initial 6 sessions are completed. You should not go more than 12 weeks between microdermabrasion appointments.

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4. What can I expect from my facial treatment or microdermabrasion?
Your skin should begin to feel smoother and silkier. Dark spots should begin to fade, and fine lines and wrinkles should diminish over time. Blackheads will be extracted, and with proper home care do not reappear as quickly. Acne breakouts typically subside, and may disappear altogether. Home care products will become more effective. The skin will take on a more even tone. Immediately after a treatment, the skin may look red or irritated. This usually lasts only a short period of time, and then the skin tone and texture improve.

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5. Will a facial treatment make me break out?
Most of our patients experience little to no break outs after having a facial treatment. Spas which are less medically based usually incorporate products or techniques that lead to breaking out. Our Salon identifies and eliminates those products and procedures which lead to break outs after treatments. We understand people come in with skin problems, and we don't want them to leave with new or more problems. Any treatment can stimulate the skin to break out, so it is possible, but very rare that it happens in our Salon. We strongly encourage the use of quality home care products, which decrease the likelihood that a patient will have an acne episode after a treatment.

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6. I'm in my 40's, why am I'm still breaking out?
Contrary to popular belief, we are not guaranteed a cure to acne once we are out of our teens. Acne can be a life long issue, but can be controlled. The obvious diet, exercise and drinking plenty of water certainly help. Sometimes medications to improve hormonal imbalances can clear up the skin. Polycystic ovary disease can lead to acne, as well as hirsutism (excessive hair growth) and obesity. Medical tests should be conducted to rule out any diseases or conditions which may be causing the acne. If there is no known medical cause for the problem, the patient can choose mild to severe medications to help control it, or may opt to control the issue through professional treatments, and high quality home care products.

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7. Is there anything I can do to get rid of my wrinkles without a facelift, collagen or other injections?
To a certain extent, yes. Microdermabrasion is a wonderful treatment which helps stimulate your body's own natural collagen production, as well as smoothes out lines and rough edges on the skin. There are products and treatments which truly have a positive, anti aging benefit to the skin. These options do have their limits, and with extremely aged and damaged skin, sometimes the only option to attain the desired results is to have cosmetic surgery. All of the above options should still be utilized even if surgery is an option, as surgery will only tighten the skin. The quality of the skin still needs to be addressed through professional treatments, and consistent use of home care products.

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8. What about acne on my chest and back?
These areas can be treated the same way you would treat the face. With the back it is a little more challenging because it is difficult to reach. Typically the chest and back can tolerate stronger products, so a more aggressive protocol is typically recommended. For those experiencing problems with break outs on the chest and back, the first step would be to replace using soap on these areas with an acne cleanser. Spot treatments are usually the best course of action to begin with as a "leave on" product.

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9. Do I need to use a toner after cleansing?
Toners are generally used to remove any excess residue left on the skin after cleansing and to restore your skin's natural pH. If you wash your face with soap (which you shouldn't), it is a good idea to use a toner because soap is too alkaline. If you are using a cleanser with a pH in the 3.0-3.5 range, it may be better to skip using a toner. Product penetration will improve if your skin is slightly acidic, and a toner will bring it back to its normal range which may prevent subsequent products from working effectively.

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10. Should I exfoliate?
Exfoliating is an important and necessary part of any skin care regimen. It's important to use a good quality exfoliating products as recommended by your skin care expert. Use a product that has micro-fine beads or granules that are rounded and do not have jagged edges that can tear at the skin. Exfoliating removes dead skin cells, which helps treatment products and active ingredients to penetrate your skin more readily. Enzyme masks are another form in which you can exfoliate your skin at home.

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11. Is Microdermabrasion or an Acid Peel better or more effective for rejuvenating the skin?
Microdermabrasion and Glycolic Peels both do basically the same thing for your skin, which is to exfoliate. Both remove the top layer of dead skin cells to reveal fresher, smoother skin and stimulate faster cell turnover to keep your skin radiant. Microdermabrasion is a mechanical means of exfoliation which uses a scrubbing action to remove the dead skin cells. Glycolic Acid is a chemical process of exfoliation which uses a chemical, Glycolic Acid, to remove the top layer of dead skin cells. Both accomplish similar results. It is a matter of preference if you want to use a chemical or physical action to exfoliate your skin. When used alternately, each process can compliment the other procedure, and you are receiving the most effective treatment possible.

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