Will Acne Facials Worsen Your Acne?

acne facials worsen acne

Even with its specially distinctive techniques than regular facials, acne facials may result in post-facial breakouts for some people, resulting in heightened anxiety and decreased confidence. This is ultimately the opposite of our aim with an acne facial! Why does our acne seem to worsen after acne facials?

We dive into what to expect in these facials, if acne truly does worsen with a facial, and what we can do to prevent this.

What are acne facials?

what are acne facials

 Acne facials can be beneficial for oily and acne-prone skin by removing clogged pores, reducing inflammation, draining pus, exfoliating skin to shed dead skin cells, tackling infection in the skin, and more importantly, scale down future breakouts.

Compared to normal facials, acne facial are uniquely designed to tackle oily, acne-prone, and inflamed skin conditions. This can be in the form of the skincare products used during the facial or the techniques used to calm inflammation.

Acne thrives with growth of acne-causing bacteria on the skin, pores that are blocked with oil and dirt, and excess skin sebum. The goal of any acne facial is to balance the skin’s pH, therefore minimizing the redness, by reducing the skin’s sebum production.

On the other hand, normal facials promote your skin’s health and vitality, though they do not specifically tackle or control the acne problems for oily and acne-prone skin.

What is the process involved in acne facial treatment?

process of acne facial treatment

Acne facial treatments typically follow the following steps. These may be changed, or some steps may be added to tailor your facial treatment specifically for your skin concerns.

  • Step 1: Thorough cleansing of your face, neck, chest, and shoulder area.
  • Step 2: To soften and open the clogged pores steaming is done.
  • Step 3: Exfoliation procedure is chosen according to your skin condition.
  • Step 4: Blemishes are extracted along which blackheads and Melina are extracted         too.
  • Step 5: A suitable face mask that tackles your skin condition is applied.
  • Step 6: After cleaning up, toner or astringent are applied to balance the pH level.
  • Step 7: Finally, moisturization and sun protection is done to finish off the procedure.

Why does my acne worsen after acne facials?

To manage active acne, deep cleansing and extraction techniques are sometimes used in acne facial treatments.

As a result, a process called “purging” may occur. Purging is the process where your skin is getting rid of the toxins from deep below the surface. You may find that toxins that take years to emerge will surface after your first few sessions!

skin purging acne after facial

When your skin purges, you can expect redness, inflammation, whiteheads, or pimples a good 24 to 48 hours after an acne facial.

As scary as it may seem, it is good to remind yourself that in order to achieve clearer, blemish-free skin, detoxing the skin is the first step. And this is exactly what acne facials strive to achieve.

Not everyone will experience the same reaction. It depends entirely on your skin type, condition, the skills of your aesthetician or therapist, and products or techniques used in the acne facial.

With this in mind, it is therefore important that you look for a reputable medical spa that not only has a proven track record in acne facials, but also the right qualifications needed for managing dermatological problems. Some medical spas are associated with professional aesthetic clinics – this can be a good sign that the spa and clinic are knowledgeable in various skin concerns!

When should post-facial breakouts become a concern?

therapist share what to expect acne facial

A good therapist will share what to expect before, during, and after an acne facial. He or she will also ensure that you are guided well on how to curb any potential side effects and what to do in the case of rare adverse side effects.

Sensitive skin or serious acne cannot be simply managed with acne facial treatments. These severe types of acne may require medical intervention by a certified dermatologist. If you experience some of the following signs of serious breakouts after an acne facial that do not seem to dissipate after 48 hours, see a dermatologist immediately.

  • Big breakout clusters
  • Inflammation of the skin
  • Clusters persist after 2 to 3 days
  • Acne becomes painful
  • Dry and rough skin

What to do after an acne facial?

aftercare tips for acne facial

Facials can be relaxing and therapeutic; it is no wonder we often schedule our facials on our off days or days that we set aside to unwind and take a break. Acne facials, in this way, are also a good way to keep the acne and inflammation under control.

You can enjoy the benefits of an acne facial for longer and see to it that your skin receives its much-needed healing therapy with these simple aftercare tips:

  • Avoid makeup to allow your skin to breathe. Avoid using the brushes that were used prior to the facial, and make sure they are cleaned before use.
  • If you have severe acne, continue applying your prescribed topical creams or ointments, or oral medication following the acne facial.
  • One tip that can help to reduce any redness post-acne facial is applying ice to the area.
  • Especially after a facial, your skin may be more vulnerable to environmental damage, thus it is important to ensure adequate protection by using sunscreen. This can also help to prevent skin discolouration and bad acne scarring.


Mild acne-prone or oily skin conditions can be well-managed with appropriate acne facial done under the skilled hands of a qualified and experienced aesthetician or skin expert. In many instances, the aftereffects will subside within 48 hours of the facial treatment.

However, in some cases, an aesthetic doctor or dermatologist may be better suited in recommending stronger forms of treatments to curb future breakouts. Looking for aesthetic doctors for acne skin conditions? We’ve rounded the best aesthetic clinics in Singapore to help you deal with various skin concerns.