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Do you prefer facials at a dermatologist or spa?
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qisme615
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Mon Feb 19, 2007 8:11 pm      Reply with quote
A month ago I had my first facial at a dermatologist. The esthetician extracted my blackheads and so forth but her method was painful and I left with red marks all over my face. So friggin' embarrassing. Looked like I got stung by mosquitoes. Than she put so much lotion that it got on my eyelids and I couldn't see where I was walking. Laughing She did a light chemical peel but didn't do a mask, after 1 1/2 weeks the marks went away and my skin looked good. I need another facial but I'm thinking would it be a little better at a spa or should I stick with the dermatologist. The price is the same. The spa that I wanted to try uses Jan Marini (msp?) and Dermalogica products. The dermatologist, I did not have a chance to see. The pro with the dermatologist is that with the facial if I have any huge cystic pimple, they will inject cortisone without extra charge. So I was wondering if I could get any advice or personal experience on which is better.

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Mon Feb 19, 2007 8:30 pm      Reply with quote
I don't like going to facialists, etc.
I use Rx products and get treatments like IPL, chemical peels performed by dermatologists.
Anything else I consider a waste of money. (As far as my skin and its problems are concerned.)

I consider the results real, and worth the money.

My personal experience is that spas are all about the presentation and blowing smoke up your !@$ and dermatologists (while some are definitely shady characters) get the job done.

I have fantastic skin and a simple routine. I use Rx products and a normal cleanser. The rest I leave to my dermatologist (or registered nurse under his guidance) for treatments.
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Mon Feb 19, 2007 9:43 pm      Reply with quote
dalguy - thank you for your experience. i did like the light chemical peel she did for me. and getting any cortisone injection if needed at that time with no charge. i just needed the extraction and that's what i got. my face felt so friggin' smooth, unbelievable but now it's congested and bumpy again. Maybe it's the oils that I'm using. stinks that my insurance doesn't cover this so I have to pay cash.

May I ask what kind of RX products you use? The PA prescribed differin and duac gel but i haven't used it and hesitant because i use oils on my skin and not sure how it will react.
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Tue Feb 20, 2007 3:04 am      Reply with quote
Depends on what you're going for. When I want a relaxing facial I go to a spa. I've only ever been to a medi-spa once. And to be honest I felt very uncomfortable with a few doctors coming in encouraging me to have this procedure done or that procedure done when it wasn;t even solicited. This wasn't some dodgy medi-spa it was the Heber Davis clinic (the doctor wife and husband team that owns Ultraceuticals).

Now when I want a massage I go off to see a remedial therapist as I learn so much more about the body muscles from those that are trained to deal with muscles.
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Tue Feb 20, 2007 5:57 am      Reply with quote
No one in my family sees a dermatologist, so my facials have been happening for years with my esthetician at a salon. I am very comfortable there. She is in her 60's and has incredible skin. I know much of that can be hereditary, but I trust her, she is very gentle with extractions and effective. So I prefer to continue to go to her rather than going to a medi-spa. Now if she ever retired, I don't know what I would do!
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Tue Feb 20, 2007 7:48 am      Reply with quote
Hi, I have my facials at a Decleor Salon in the UK and am very happy with them,includes a back and shoulder massage too.
Very relaxing. Cool
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Tue Feb 20, 2007 8:01 am      Reply with quote
I prefer facials at a spa. I have never seen any improvement in my skin, but I love the pampering.

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Tue Feb 20, 2007 1:54 pm      Reply with quote
Thank you everyone! Very Happy

I guess I could try the spa (it's a little spa) and see how their facials are compared to the dermatologist.
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Tue Feb 20, 2007 2:33 pm      Reply with quote
Facials at the spa feel more pampering, but I've switched to an esthetician affiliated with a PS office. She has a stronger % of acids, can do IPL, etc. However, my skin didn't improve after the switch. I've made more much progress with what I've learned here at the EDS forum!
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