Can extractions done by a beauty therapist leave me with scars?

Saturday, 8 August 2015

I heard somewhere that when you go for a facial, your therapist shoudn’t do “extractions” (remove blackheads), as it actually damages the skin and can cause scarring. However, every time I go for a facial, the therapist does it. What is your take on this?


Skincare expert Dr Maureen Allem from Skin & Body Renewal responds:

“Extractions which are done correctly by a trained therapist should certainly not leave you with any scarring. If you are going for facials and your skin is being torn or badly bruised or the area where the extractions are done are badly swollen and inflamed (and maybe even worse in the following days), then you are having treatments with someone who is not performing extractions correctly.”

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    I have sensitive skin so i’m too scared to even try facials. I have heard that some give you pimples the first time. Is this true?

    3 years ago •

  1. Pseudo_kate

    That worries me a little, because it’s a risk you have to take if you want the extraction done since you don’t know if it’s executed properly until after your treatment.

    3 years ago •

  1. Jeanine

    My skin scars very easily so I always avoid extractions.

    3 years ago •

  1. Mark Parr

    I have my facial every month with extractions and have had on scaring. I stongly feel one should remain at the same Beauty therapist.

    3 years ago •

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