Frequently Asked Questions: Facials


Do I have to get completely undressed for a facial?

You can undress to your comfort level. The esthetician will work your neck, shoulders and upper chest, so removing the upper layers of clothing is ideal. You will be covered at all times by the appropriate draping techniques. In addition, the esthetician will leave the room to give you time to undress and get under the sheets. You will never be exposed to the esthetician at anytime.


What is Dermalogica?

Dermalogica is a skin care company headquartered in Carson, California. The company was created and premiered in 1986 as a skin care line. It was sold in concept spaces and in authorized salons, spas and beauty supply stores with over 100,000 skin therapists worldwide reaching over 80 countries and receiving over 300 awards.

Its product portfolio includes cleansers, exfoliantes, toners, masques, eye treatments and moisturizers, as well as an acne treatment line for teens. Dermalogica has primary operations in the United States, the United Kingdom, Australia, Ireland and Canada, and is sold in more than 80 countries worldwide.  Dermalogica products do not contain any irritants, such as lanolin, SD alcohol, mineral oil, fragrances or artificial colors.

This company does not use animal testing to test its products. Dermalogica offers a complete skin care line to keep your skin healthy or to treat problem skin due to acne, aging or hyperpigmentation from sun damage or hormonal fluctuations. All Dermalogica products are made in southern California. Dermalogica developed a skin analysis based on “face mapping,” this is Dermalogica’s special skin analysis procedure. A Dermalogica professional will divide your skin into zones and give you advice on the best way to care for the different areas of your skin.

I have acne prone skin and my acne medication is not working, what should I do?

Actually most people with acne conditions generally have normal skin. The acne is caused by stress or by overworking the skin. If you have stress, putting a pound of acne cream on your face will not solve the problem. De-stress with a massage or a facial. If you’re overworking your skin by doing thing such as using an exfoliant everyday like benzoyl peroxide (in most acne medications) or picking at your skin doing manual extractions… stop. You’re actually making your situation worse. You’re over stripping the oils from your skin and your skin is over producing oils to keep up. Leave you skin alone for a week and then schedule a visit for a facial and to set-up a result driven skin care plan.


What is microdermabrasion?

Microdermabrasion is one of the most effective anti-aging treatments and has been around since the 1980′s. It softens fine line, wrinkles, builds collagen and helps to smooth out coarsely textured skin. It can also help reduce the appearance of scars, pore size, and the appearance of superficial hyper-pigmentation, also known as age spots.

Microdermabrasion is a machine, with either a crystal tip , or diamond tip wand and vacuum used to exfoliate the skin. The microdermabrasion machines work by removing the top layer of dead skin cells form the face, chest, or even the hands.

Removing the top layer of skin also means you’re losing the layer of skin that protects you from the sun’s harmful rays. It is recommended that after a microdermabrasion session that you apply a gentle sunscreen to your skin multiple times a day. Even on a cloudy day, and during the winter!

For the best results it is recommended to receive a series of treatments (generally 4-6, depending on your skin type and condition, the machine, and the skill of the esthetician).