"When doing a lot of extractions to clear out bumps, sometimes not all of the lodged oil will come out and because we don't force anything that doesn't want to come out, some purging can occur a day or two after a facial as the pore does its own self-cleaning,"
What's Not Normal
If an esthetician applies a chemical peel on blemished areas, the acid can eat away at the opening, cause a burn, and lead to scarring. "This is why you have to be careful about putting professional acid peels on open areas," cautions Rouleau.
An Allergic Reaction.
Itching, rash-like skin, welts, throat swelling, and coughing are signs of an allergic reaction. And if you experience any of the aforementioned, it's important to contact your esthetician immediately. "I once had a client that was allergic to rag weed found in nature," says Rouleau. "I used a product with chamomile, a natural calming agent used in skincare products and a derivative of rag weed, and it caused her throat to swell up!"
"Sometimes, if a product was too heavy, greasy and the pores got clogged, then breakouts can occur. It's so important to keep things lightweight and avoid using oils for those who are acne-prone."