What is Acne Facial?

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By: Dr. Masoud Abdar

The acne facial is an alternative treatment designed to treat the root cause of reoccurring acne with minimal side effects.

Acne facials focus primarily on extractions for blocked pores. The extraction process releases any excess build-up of oil and cleans out dirt that might be clogging up your pores. This can reduce the look and feel of acne and calm inflammation in your skin. An esthetician at a beauty clinic can perform your acne facial, and provide you with knowledge on how to care for your skin between visits.

Typical Acne Facial Appointment

An acne facial starts with a thorough facial cleansing and exfoliation. The esthetician or dermatologist will then do an extraction process for your clogged pores, which can be done with either tools or finger-applied pressure and a cotton ball on either side of the pore, or both. This is often followed by a mask or facial massage to calm the skin. Often, products such as salicylic and glycolic acids may be used to remove dead skin cells as part of the facial treatment. At the end of the facial, you may be offered product to use at home to treat acne between facials. There’s no expectation to make a purchase, it’s totally up to you.


The main benefit of this type of facial, of course, is the reduction of facial acne. The treatment should help reduce redness and inflammation, and help the skin rebalance. With regular treatments, future acne breakouts may be minimized.

Any Side-Effects?

There are minimal side effects from acne facials. Occasionally people do experience inflamed skin after some of the treatments, but this often subsides within a few hours. If you have especially sensitive skin, let the esthetician know beforehand as it influences which treatments they perform, and at which number of visits in.

How Many Visits Required?

You should start to see results after your first acne facial. However, you may need to make multiple visits to achieve your desired results depending on the severity of the breakout. It’s also important to take good care of your skin at home in between facial visits, and a good esthetician will be able to recommend an effective follow-up routine, usually with specific products in mind.

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