Facial cleansing: pros and cons

Let’s be extremely honest – facial cleansing is in no way related to pleasant cosmetic procedures. And if for some it gives only a little discomfort, then others go to the beautician’s office, as if torture. Whether it is a gentle massage or a moisturizing mask that saturates the skin with the desired moisture … Unfortunately, neither expensive cleansers nor exfoliating creams can replace cleansing – they will not give a decent effect. And if they give it, alas, not for long.


There is still no consensus among cosmetologists about which cleaning method is better and whether this procedure is needed at all. And therefore, their opinions were exactly half divided. So, 50% of independent professionals are firmly convinced that with regular and proper facial skin care, unpleasant manipulations with the use of any spoons – hooks can be completely avoided. And to please yourself and others with a fresh and even complexion without scars and scars – the most frequent consequences of the inept hands of an unscrupulous beautician. But what about the other half of no less authoritative experts who believe that only cleaning can keep the skin in a decent condition? And what, they say, cosmetics is one thing, and a cosmetic procedure is quite another? And in fact, after all, with all our desire to cure a sick tooth ourselves, we are not able to. The opinions of professionals are a serious argument. And in order to find out which of them is closest to the truth, consider all the pros and cons of such a simple and at the same time very complex procedure – face cleansing.


The main purpose of face cleansing is to get rid of the skin from the so-called “blackheads” and all types of acne, the causes of which can be very different. From banal pollution to disruption of the activity of some endocrine glands. It is logical that it is necessary to remove blackheads and “blackheads” if only because they give the skin an unattractive and neglected look. But again, depending on how to remove … Today, most salons practice mainly mechanical and manual types of cleaning. Which, in general, is quite understandable – fast, cheap, but … angry. Read – painful and risky. Manual cleaning is a rather painstaking and long process, but every step is important in it. The cleansed facial skin is pre-steamed – in the language of professionals, this procedure is called “vaporization” – and then the blackheads are squeezed out with fingers wrapped in sterile napkins. The metal loop looks somewhat intimidating, but it perfectly helps to cope with deeply seated sebaceous plugs and significantly speeds up the process.

“A PLUS”. Removing black points. “MINUSES”. It hurts, and sometimes even very, literally to tears. Cosmetologists associate the appearance of tears with the impact on especially sensitive centers located on the nose. By the way, similar phenomena occur during eyebrow plucking. But the main point is not the result, but the consequences. Prepare in advance for the fact that at least a day your face will not have a “presentation” at all. A red and swollen nose, spots and inflammations, small wounds – only a moisturizing mask or an alcohol-free emollient toner can help. Too sensitive skin – and it may turn out to be oily – will burn, ache and itch. But that’s not all. Unfortunately, there is a risk of carrying away all kinds of bacteria or, God forbid, infections on your renewed face, since during steaming the skin is completely defenseless. The infection can be brought in directly during the blackhead removal. So make sure that the beautician forgot to wipe the skin with a special disinfectant lotion, and at the end of the procedure – make a tightening and soothing mask. Unfortunately, the possible troubles do not end there. It is possible that the consequences of manual cleaning may appear much later, when you, approaching the mirror, suddenly find small but noticeable holes or, even worse, scars on your smooth face. This is also the result of the unscrupulous work of a specialist, which will be much more difficult to eliminate than to avoid. It is necessary to say a few words about vaporization, that is, about steaming. Have you forgotten that steam baths are strictly prohibited for those who have dilated vessels on their face?


Of course, in comparison with manual cleaning, vacuum cleaning may seem to you a light massage, although it is carried out in the same way as manual cleaning, which means that the consequences may be the same. The only difference is that the cosmetologist does not work with his fingers, but uses a special tube, inside which an area of ​​low pressure is created, which somewhat reduces the risk of infection and less injures the pores. Thanks to this technology, the sebaceous plugs are literally sucked out of the pores. However, many experts believe that vacuum cleaning does not always completely cleanse the pores from blackheads. On the other hand, with the help of such a tube, it is quite easy to remove sebaceous plugs in places inaccessible for manual cleaning, so many cosmetologists successfully combine the vacuum method with the manual one. Only vacuum is used only in cases of slight contamination of pores and with a limited number of pimples. By the way, he copes with “black dots” remarkably and completely painlessly.


Chemical face cleansing with ANA (fruit acids) is a relatively new technique. No, of course, they will not smear you with a fragrant strawberry, but a mask with a high content of glycolic acid is for sure. The mask will help open the pores and thus replace the steam bath. Then a composition with a higher acid content is applied to the face,
which heats the skin, and also softens and even partially dissolves the fatty cores. The treatment ends with a soothing pore-tightening mask. “PROS”. This cleaning method is officially recognized as the most non-traumatic. The recovery period in this case is also reduced to a minimum. And since fruit acids stimulate active cell renewal, the skin looks very fresh after such cleansing. “MINUSES”. Removing all blackheads with fruit acids is almost impossible. So do not be surprised if the majority of pimples remain in their “rightful” places, although they become less noticeable. Be aware that very sensitive skin can become irritated. On the whole, the procedure is quite favorable and, most importantly, practically safe. If the concept of “acne” is unfamiliar to you, and you remember about pimples once a month, this method was invented especially for you. The rest will have to endure spoons and vacuums.


Another practically unknown method in our country is desincrustation, or ionization of the skin using a mask or lotion, depending on the condition of the skin. A special preparation, which is applied to acne-affected areas, contains anti-inflammatory, wound-healing and other components, the effect of which is enhanced by the action of a galvanic current. In this case, the contents of the pores are liquefied and stretched. “A PLUS”. Non-traumatic and painless. However, in order to achieve a good result, the procedure must be repeated more than once or twice. And this pleasure is not cheap. “MINUS”. High price of the service. However, the conclusion is already clear – the less your skin suffers, the thinner your wallet will become. Therefore, when choosing the type of cleaning, it is sometimes useful to be guided by the price list.


Is it possible to get rid of acne at home? The answer is difficult, but possible. And you are deeply mistaken if you think that cleaning the house is not cleaning at all. Cleaning, only even more risky due to lack of proper experience – of course, if you are not a practicing cosmetologist. Therefore, you should approach it with the utmost caution. In no case do not succumb to the temptation to get rid of a completely harmless pimple in one fell swoop with the “artisanal” method of squeezing out. If you took up the procedure, then follow all its points.
Stock up on the tools you need. In particular, soap, a linen napkin, a terry towel, a decoction of medicinal herbs (mint, chamomile, sage, plantain).
Pour hot, but not boiling water or a decoction of herbs into a deep bowl. Be careful not to get scalded by the steam!
Cover your head with a washcloth or towel so that your face is also covered. Lower your face over the bowl and relax.
After 15 minutes, blot your steamed face with a paper or linen napkin.
Sit in front of a mirror and start cleaning your skin. All actions must take place in absolute cleanliness, since otherwise infection or suppuration may occur. This means that your hands should be sterile clean, and your nails should be short.
Put clean, pre-boiled gauze on your index finger and squeeze and squeeze the blackheads on both sides (with your left and right fingers). If the “landing” did not give up the first time, leave him alone.

To make cleaning more effective, first wipe the skin with lotion, alcohol or vodka, slightly diluted with water. The concentration of the solution depends entirely on the type of skin. So, with oily skin, substances containing alcohol can not be diluted with water, while with dry or normal skin, this should be done without fail. Places especially affected by acne, first try soaping up the soap. To make the blackheads come out as easily as possible, before proceeding with their removal, try to wipe them with a cotton swab dipped in alcohol. This will dry out the skin a little, but it will keep you from infections. If acne is softened well under the influence of a bath, a compress or wiping, then squeezing them out is easy and simple. You can use the composition of 3% hydrogen peroxide, which moisten a piece of cotton wool, and then wipe the acne-affected area of ​​the skin. White hypodermic dots can be pierced with the end of a needle, having previously calcined it over a fire or wiped it with alcohol or cologne. Brushing should not be done several times a week, before and during your period. After the procedure, wipe your face with a neutral alcohol-free toner and try to do without the cream. As a last resort, use a light, oil-free moisturizing gel. It is better not to go outside on this day, since the pores of the skin are now open for any infection that even ordinary dust can provoke. It is better not to squeeze out single pimples, but to heal with the help of special plasters. These small round stickers are impregnated with a healing agent, so that they intensively work deep into the sebaceous gland. The patch is glued at night, directly to the problem area. As a rule, the result is noticeable after the first time.


There is no unequivocal answer to this question and cannot be. So, with purulent skin diseases, cleaning is not a whim, but a necessity. In this case, it is necessary to constantly be monitored by a specialist who sets the number and regularity of procedures and monitors the condition of the skin. In general, in any case, even if the skin is healthy and clean, a doctor’s consultation will not hurt – he will determine the minimum of procedures necessary for your skin and recommend different options. Sometimes cleaning is really necessary – even though the risks may arise.
However, do not forget that there are a number of skin diseases in which it is simply contraindicated, for example, eczema, increased dryness, psoriasis, dermatitis, and allergic reactions. Advice from a beautician from the nearest beauty salon will also not be superfluous, but remember that the beautician is primarily interested in frequent visits to the beautician’s office, and it is quite possible that not all expensive procedures offered to you are not so necessary. It would be most correct to consult a dermatologist who will objectively assess the condition of your skin and decide whether you really need cleaning or if the problem does not exist at all. First of all, one should be guided by one’s own feelings, then – by the advice of a doctor, and leave the opinion of a cosmetologist “for later”. The advice of friends who have tried any procedure on themselves, of course, should be taken into account, but nothing more. Even if one or another method was positively assessed by ten people, it is not necessarily right for you.



Acne is a potential source of inflammation and should be removed regularly. Otherwise, the process will begin to spread throughout the skin, which is fraught with general infection. After the procedure, the skin becomes fresher, smoother, the pores begin to “breathe”. Finally, acne and blackheads are simply unaesthetic. No amount of even the most skillful makeup can hide dirty skin and clogged pores. Of course, cleaning should not take place every day, and it is strictly forbidden to use dirty hands.


During this procedure, a rather large surface of the skin is treated, as a result of which the face turns red and swells for a couple of days. The cleaning effect lasts for about a week, so the results of this procedure can only be enjoyed for two to three days. In addition, inept, or rather “crazy” hands can provoke the formation of small round scars, similar to enlarged pores. Due to steaming, the skin becomes dehydrated and becomes more fragile, and the effect lasts only for a couple of minutes. So it turns out that the beautician cleans dehydrated skin with closed pores and impaired blood circulation. If injury occurs during cleaning, the function of the sebaceous glands may be disrupted over time, and they “work” with a vengeance. You run the risk of falling into a real “vicious circle” of constant cleansing. As you can see, the inequality between pros and cons is obvious … However, you must draw conclusions in the company of a dermatologist. Only then will they be correct, and the decision will be correct. Thank you for the help of the cosmetologist Pronina Maria Andreevna.

event_note August 8, 2020

account_box Dr. Peter B Milburn

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