I’d like to keep sharing beauty secrets with you, so today we’ll talk about the finer points of facial cleansing.
Clean, smooth, and silky skin is an indicator not only of beauty, but most importantly, of good health.
Facial cleansing is the most elementary process for a cosmetic dermatologist. It is a necessary procedure to maintain skin quality and prevent the appearance of inflammation. After cleansing, the skin literally begins to breathe. Clean pores work correctly, sebaceous glands don't clog up, and nothing causes inflammation, allowing the face to glow and radiate health.
Despite the obvious benefits of the procedure, an improper application can be too harsh and harm your skin. So, let's not go too far.
Secret number 1: Professional dermatologists are best qualified to perform deep, thorough cleansing treatments that work in harmony with your skin. And a good professional will never suggest cleansing if a patient has inflammation and won’t give in to the pleading of more persistent patients.
If they do, this could lead to a messy cleansing and further problems, leaving unpleasant side effects on your skin, such as:
- Hematomas (if the skin is ‘crushed’)
- Scarring and pigment spots
- Atheroma, which is encapsulated purulent or dry elements left behind (if not fully extracted from the pore, they may grow a dense shell under the skin)
Secret number 2: Even doctors never perform a cleansing on themselves—they just can't physically put their hands in the right places.
Secret number 3: Don’t touch inflamed skin. This is so important, particularly for teenagers within the triangle between the nose and the chin: this is extremely dangerous and can lead to brain inflammation. Why? The issue is that this part of the skull contains the latticed bone, which provides direct communication with the brain. If you squeeze the inflamed element inside, its contents can enter the brain, and then the patient is sent to the hospital with inflammation of the brain membranes.
Secret number 4: Even if there is only one inflamed element on the skin, forget about performing a cleansing. No matter how a specialist might suggest they can ‘bypass the inflammation’, don't do it. You must first allow the inflammation to subside and only then clean the dry elements, otherwise the infection will spread throughout all the pores.
I'd like to say a few words about ultrasonic cleaning. Personally, I do not do it and do not recommend it to anyone. The fact is that elements within your pores are buried quite deep, and you can actually only remove them manually by placing your fingers at a special angle.
As for ultrasound, it removes only the upper part of the embedded element, meaning that the skin's pores will not be completely cleaned, which in turn means that sooner or later they will become inflamed. Ultrasound is good for the area of the wings and the tip of the nose, where black dots usually appear, but even then, only if the patient has calm, dense and non-reactive skin.
Of course, manual cleansing is not the most pleasant procedure, but with the right approach, the number of cleansings per year will shift from monthly to quarterly, and then you can safely settle into a regime of visits to the professional every six months.