Your Say: Are you afraid of extractions during facial?

by xin on September 21, 2012

Today’s topic is related to my latest discovery after a facial at Clarins – are you afraid of extractions during facial?

I am a frequent beauty salon hopper, the longest time I was with a beauty salon was for 2 years, until the salon was bought over by another company.

Facials were fun and relaxing initially, until the fear for extraction grew stronger and stronger, and facials just felt like paid torments.  And my pain tolerance decreased as I grew older.

I have congested skin with black and white heads and never seem to be able to get rid of them in totality. Therefore, each and every time, I am subjected to vigorous extractions to remove the gunk….

I stopped going to facial for a good 4 months ’cause I just couldn’t bear the thought of extractions! Yes it WAS that bad for me.

If you have been to facial, I am sure you would have experienced certain level of torture during the extractions. I can’t stand it the most when beauticians use the sharp needle to prick my skin! OUCH! Those who were rough, literally killed my skin!

After my facial at Clarins yesterday, I had some serious thoughts about it and had some enlightenment.



Unlike other beauty salons, Clarins uses only strokes and massages without the extraction. They focus on overall comfort, including massaging hands and feet which are nice. I feel better when I am laying down with clean feet.

It was seriously an enjoyable facial experience without the pain of extractions. Honestly, after years of experience with extractions, I find that it gives instant clear, and that’s about it. The black or white heads return (sometimes with a vengeance) as soon as the next day!

Can you imagine the frustration to see those after a sleep when you have suffered the entire ordeal of extraction? But after a couple of times with Clarins facial, the black/white heads are softened and they were popping up on the surface and can be easily removed. Having said that, I think I have a new mindset towards facial – too much extractions will really do you no good in long run.

I was told that if combined with regular scrubs and masks and proper moisture, extraction is only needed maybe after a few months. At one point I stopped facial for a few months because it became really stressful for me when I thought about the extraction process, my face actually stayed about the same compared to if I have facial monthly.

Conclusion? I shall not go for facial with extraction frequently anymore.

Of course, enjoyment doesn’t come cheap. Each session of Clarins facial starting from RM228 for a 60 min session. I think having suffered from all the pain, I am willing to pay for the price for a relaxing session maybe every 1.5 months.

Disclaimer: The above thoughts are based on my personal experiences with facial for at least 8 years, and I am not paid to sing praises. 

Hands up if extraction is your fear factor!

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Stephanie/Yukaeshi September 21, 2012 at 9:54 am

I guess I have a pretty high tolerance for extractions during facials, as I don’t mind them, but yes, they’re unpleasant. Definitely can’t sleep when extractions are being done! 😛 For me I find that facials with extractions last “longer” for me- my face feels softer and smoother (And much “cleaner”) for longer compared to facials without extractions (I’ve tried the Clarins facials before as well), especially around my chin area, but maybe it’s because of my skin type which is more onto dry/dehydrated and sensitive hmm.

Although recently I found that using a “resurfacing” wash every night (I’m using Elemis Tri-Enzyme Resurfacing Facial Wash) paired with konjac sponge helps diminish the need for frequent exfoliation (I used Dermalogica Daily Microfoliant) and my skin doesn’t feel as bumpy as it used to be 😛 I used to touch my chin and if it’s always bumpy and rough I know I’m overdue for a facial hahaha!
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Jyoan September 21, 2012 at 4:43 pm

I am pretty much fine with them. They can get painful. but I just tolerate.
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Beauty Box September 28, 2012 at 1:29 am

Yeah I agree with you on having frequent extractions. I’m on the fence with extractions. I know they get rid of all the grub in your pores but the redness and pain involved are just too much for me. I had two extraction experiences but didn’t feel like they had any lasting effect. I am strong believer in salicylic acid treatments as a way to minimize clogged pores so you won’t have to traumatize your skin this way.
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Tine October 11, 2012 at 11:35 am

My husband’s face is pock-marked from frequent extractions. My mother-in-law brought him for facials when he was younger (mother-son moments? :P) and the beauty therapist thought the only way to help his oily skin was to pop all the pimples he had on his cheeks. His cheeks are now left with craters because of her idiocy.

As for me, I don’t like them. I don’t think they’re all that necessary to be honest. I prefer chemical exfoliants to that anytime. Funny thing is, in Malaysia, extractions come hand-in-hand with facials. Over here, unless you ask for it, they don’t do it for you. Chances are it’s either not necessary or they want to skip an extra step of work 😛
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putri December 15, 2012 at 8:59 pm

as much as i hate extraction,i need it like oxygen.i get my monthly dose of pain from herbaline kota damansara.but you are right,it feels smooth only for a couple of days,then the black and white heads return almost instantenously!now i am looking for another alternative-heard about chemical peeling treatment for open pores.anyone with any info?


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