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Kind of like a blind date gone bad, clear skin that breaks out after a facial signals that the treatment probably isn't a match for your skin. The products used may have been too rich for your skin type. If your skin is troubled, a facial may cause some flare-ups due to oil that gets trapped in your pores during the procedure. When you experience broken skin following a facial, take extra care in washing your face to keep your skin calm and on the mend.
Wash your hands before you start to eliminate any lurking bacteria or germs. Splash your face with lukewarm water to set the stage for the cleanser. Avoid hot water, which can irritate the already sensitive skin.
Apply a gentle, nonabrasive facial cleanser to your skin with your fingertips. Low-pressure, circular motions are the key to foil additional flare-ups and irritation.
Rinse away the cleanser with several splashes of lukewarm water. Pat your face dry gently with a soft, clean towel.
Cleanse skin once in the morning and once in the evening. If you sweat, cleanse once more to rid your irritated skin of bacteria.
Ditch the harsh scrubbers, sponges and washcloths when caring for your broken skin.
Avoid facials right before events where you want to shine. Take care to schedule them a couple of weeks beforehand, so you won't have to deal with skin snafus at the last minute.
Eyeball the cleanser's product label to make sure it doesn't contain alcohol, which has a drying effect.
Exfoliating scrubs are not the answer for broken skin and may exacerbate the problem.