In order to appreciate how a facial can serve as a treatment for acne, one needs to know about the basic steps in a typical facial. Typical facials for acne treatment are used in lieu of laser acne treatment or exposed acne treatment. Each step in a professional facial is performed by an esthetician. The skin care professional begins the facial by cleansing the facial skin. Next the esthetician examines the skin on each part of the client’s face. The esthetician puts eye pads over the eyes of the client which is a precaution that allows the esthetician to expose the facial skin to a bright magnifying light. Aided by the light, the esthetician analyzes the condition of the skin. The facial then proceeds with the exfoliation of the facial skin.

Hot vapor streams over the face during exfoliation to reduce damage to the skin. Depending on the skin type of the client, a facial can include the removal of blackheads. Some skin types undergo damage to skin capillaries during that removal process. All facials include a period where the client can relax and enjoy the stimulation of their facial muscles. Europeans have introduced a “mini facial” which includes cleansing but no extractions. A mini facial would not help a client who needs thorough acne treatment. Some European women also enjoy specialty facials. During these facials a special ingredient is added to the final step. That last step involves the use of a skin mask. Only after the stimulation of the skin muscles does the esthetician apply a mask to the facial skin. The nature of the mask is determined by the skin type of the client.

A mask that suits a client with oily skin will not work on a client with dry skin. After the facial, the esthetician usually talks with the client about follow-up acne skin care. This skin care should focus on avoidance of factors that can encourage the recurrence of acne flare-ups. This skin care may include the use of acne fighting cosmetics. A growing number of cosmetic manufacturers have decided to put acne-fighting ingredients into their make-up. Salicylic acid is the ingredient now listed most frequently among the ingredients of the familiar cosmetics. Salicylic acid has been added to both moisturizers and foundations. The amount of salicylic acid in a cosmetic for adult women does not dry the skin in the same way that acne products for teens can dry the skin. Sometimes too, the newer cosmetics include anti-aging ingredients, along with anti-acne ingredients. The combination of acne prevention ingredients and non-drying formulas can change make-up from an acne causing agent, to an acne remedy.