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Dissecting The Medical Facial

For your best face forward

There is absolutely no dearth of facial options in Singapore. Finding the one that works for you, is a different matter altogether, of course. While spa and beauty facial salons tend to be the first places you think of when you want to get your face cleaned and pampered by a professional, there’s one more option you can actually consider — a facial at the dermatologist.

What Is A Medical Facial?

The biggest difference between a medical facial and its counterpart in a spa or beauty salon is that it’s performed in a doctor’s office using medical-grade products and tools. For example, while a 30% glycolic peel is the strongest you’ll find in a beauty salon, similar to something you can purchase off-the-shelves, you can a glycolic peel up to 70% strength in a doctor’s office.

Of course, you’ll be under the care of a physician, so the medical facial will be custom tailored to your skin’s needs. Depending on your ailments, or skin conditions you want improved, the steps will be very similar to that in a spa or beauty salon, which includes cleansing, exfoliating, extractions, and moisturising, but on a more intense level. For instance, the facial may include other components like, dermaplaning, which uses a surgical knife to remove the top layer of skin, or microcurrent, ultrasound, and radio waves for firming and lifting the skin.

When Should You Get A Medical Facial?

Medical facials can complement some non-invasive treatments to help prepare your skin, and improve results. People who suffer from severe acne, taking Accutane or have chronic rosacea should avoid facials and consult their dermatologist for facials, if any at all — instead of going to a spa or beauty salon. In these instances, a medical professional is far more qualified to assess your skin, compared to an esthetician, no matter how many years she’s been in the business. Yes, the facial may be half off, but the last thing you want to get on sale is your face!

What You Should Note

Contrary to the soothing music, dimly lit vibes of a spa or beauty salon treatment rooms, your medical facial will literally be the opposite. You’ll be in a medical environment — bright, stark and clean, and possibly the only thing relaxing about the environment is that it’s probably spotless and as germ-free as it can get.