Oils produced by the body help keep skin healthy, but the natural oil production can also be too much of a good thing. Excess oil can lead to blemishes and acne flare-ups.  There are a number of causes for oily skin, but most are due to poor diet or a genetic predisposition.  Clear complexion strategies range from over-the-counter cleansers to prescription lotions and cosmetic treatments.  

Dermatologists agree that the most effective way to manage oily skin is to cleanse your face both morning and night using a gentle cleanser.  Another way to get that beautiful glowing skin is by treating yourself to a facial on a regular basis.  A good facial treatment cleanses your skin very deeply, diminishes the pore sizes, prevents breakouts, relaxes, increase the blood flow which helps in prevent premature aging and also brings a radiant glow to your facial skin.  According to data collected by the International Spa Association, facials are the third most popular spa treatment, right behind massages and manicures or pedicures.

Getting a full-treatment facial often means stepping into a new world of pampering and relaxation. First, you need to choose the right facial for you based on its purpose, type and price. A pre-facial consultation will allow the esthetician (skin care therapist) to determine your skin type (dry, oily, or combination) which is important when deciding which products to use and procedures to include. The consultation also would give you a chance to warn the consultant about any products you might be allergic to.

During your consultation, don’t be afraid to ask questions. Good estheticians will have no problem explaining what they plan to do and discussing the products they will use. Before the facial begins, make it clear what procedures or products you’d rather not use.  There might be a line of skin products that has made your skin break out in the past. It’s your facial and your money, so you should get what you want. Let your esthetician know what makes you comfortable or uncomfortable. Facials are meant to relax you, not to stress you out.

Facials are believed by many to fix these common skin problems. Exfoliation, with astringents, masks or peels, can reach deep into the skin’s upper layer to strip away dead skin cells and reveal newer cells underneath.  Your skin may appear blotchy or irritated after your first facial – don’t freak out!  This is likely the residual dirt working its way to the surface and out of your pores.  Everyone’s skin is a little different, so it’s important to pay attention to how your skin feels and talk to your esthetician about what works for you.

Of course, a facial isn’t a magic cure, and you have to be willing to take proper care of yourself to look and feel healthy. Even the world’s greatest facial won’t do much good if you chow down each day on greasy foods and consider channel surfing the ultimate in daily exercise.  Your skin is your largest organ and the skin on your face is often the most noticeable.  Take care of the issues caused by oily skin by getting regular facials to not only feel relaxed and pampered, but also as a way of making your skin healthier.