Flawless Acne Control Advanced Facial Diary
Oh man, when was the last time I had a facial? Last July 2013, maybe? Dang, that's quite a while now. Frankly, I can do without facials in my skin care routine, but I'm recently plagued with comedones 'cuz of the skin- clogging heat. Nose strips can only remove white heads, but I needed to get rid of blackheads, those tough pore- cloggers that I believe, are causing me to break out lately. My skin was so rough too and I figured that it's high time to take a trip to the derma for thorough cleansing.
Flawless is one of the derma clinics I prefer because I was very pleased with the last treatment I had with them, not to mention their prices are really affordable and the happy, pink interior color really draws me in. The branch nearest to me is SM Megamall, but I still find it quite far from where I live. Glad I dropped by SM Makati because I discovered that they have a branch in there! Eureka!
Display cabinet filled with Flawless' exclusive products.
This is their smallest branch so it's wise to book an appointment if you want to take your treatments in here. They have one private room and four beds in the common area. It's tucked in the 4th floor of SM Makati and I kinda' like the location because the area's not too crowded.
I honestly didn't know which treatment to go for. Good thing there was a doctor around for client consultations. She's Dr. Marcos, a happy, nice, and charming doctor. Initially, I told her that I wanted to try the Age Defy treatment with the Cell Booster mask that everyone's been raving about, but I was open to expert advice. She told me that I don't need a special facial, but rather a cleansing one because of my comedones. I appreciated the honesty! I also liked that she didn't try to sell so much stuff to me and while she recommended that I try the acne advanced oxygenating mask, I didn't feel that she was being pushy or anything like that.
Before my treatment, they showed me my personal facial pack which included disposable masks for the therapist, a disposable needle, my own tissues and cotton pads, and a sterilized extractor. Flawless thrives on their 'Cleanliness guaranteed' promise and I love that this pack shows it!
The treatment I got was called Acne Control Advanced Facial, a treatment for those with severe blackheads, whiteheads, inflammation, and pimples. The treatment combines a combination of brown algae, chlorophyll, and polysaccharides for a revitalizing effect on the skin. Dr. Marcos suggested this treatment because of my comedones and some pimples that have been trapped below the pores.
Have you been meaning to try this treatment? Then click READ MORE and join me in my session! :)
My therapist gave me a whiff of aromatic peppermint oil to relax me before the treatment.
My face was then cleansed with a foam cleanser. I like that it's non- sticky and doesn't leave any residue on my skin.
A softening treatment was then applied on my skin.
I was also treated to a gel eye cream.
A pair of cotton pads soaked in water was applied on top of my eyes to boost the effects of the gel eye cream.
My face was then steamed to make extraction more bearable.
Oh this is new! My hands were wrapped with warm bead packs and sealed with these pink fluffy mitts for a more relaxing experience. Wish I could've taken these mitts home! Haha!
After 10 minutes, my therapist ran a suction tip all over my face to suck out the whiteheads for quicker extraction of the blackheads.
A calming toner was applied to my face. It's alcohol- free (I felt it) so it wasn't counterproductive to the extraction process. :)
To be honest, the extraction process was painful. We have to consider that it has been months since I've undergone a facial and extraction, plus I am about to have my period too. I appreciated though that my therapist was trying her best to hasten the process (but she still managed to be gentle) to end my suffering quickly haha! She would press on the extracted part with her fingers to get rid of throbbing, the thing that makes extraction even more painful. She also made sure that I was prepared for every turn by saying "Okay ma'm, extract na ako ulit ha. 1, 2, 3."
Presenting, my comedones! :p The extraction alone took 30 minutes because I had so much intervals in between haha!
After the extraction process, a gauze was layered on my face for the laser treatment. The laser will close the pores to prevent infection. The whole procedure was painless, although I felt that she was running the laser tip too quickly all over my face. During this part, my dear readers, please do not hesitate to tell your therapist to be careful in handling the laser and ALWAYS close your eyes!
Well nothing bad happened to me after the slight laser boo-boo. After the laser treatment, a moisturizer was applied on my skin.
I went for the oxygenating mask, a powder-to-gel mask with an intense cooling effect. Now that was a nice way to beat the heat!
You can ask them to apply the mask on your lips too!
A firming collagen mask was applied on my neck. Both masks were left on for 10 minutes. The mask on my face turned into a whole piece of jelly that can be peeled off quickly-I like that it's non-messy!
My treatment ended with a dose of anti-inflammatory cream. Dra. Marcos also prescribed a topical treatment for my inflamed pimple.
Despite the slight laser boo-boo, my experience was satisfactory. I appreciated all the extras in the treatment such as the eye gel, mask, hot beads pack, mitts, and most of all, how clean the clinic was. My skin felt really clean after the treatment-it has been five days since I had it and I am happy to report that my breakout was minimized drastically this week and my skin is super duper smooth! I also had an inflamed pimple on my laugh line, but it's fully healed now. I think I will reconsider introducing a deep cleaning facial at least once a month to get rid of blackheads. I shall visit again this branch next month and try another treatment, but will still opt for extraction because my, it really reduces breakouts!
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