We can all agree that nobody likes having acne, yet it always comes at the worst possible timings (think about those zits that grew out right before your Big Day). However, that doesn’t mean you should just resign to fate and hope that those pimple patches can work miracles on your worst acne breakouts.
Bookmark this article and pull it out whenever you desperately need an effective acne facial to get rid of those pimples. You can thank us later for this handy facial guide that you cannot do without.
1. Kuko Beauty
Reviewer: Eli Alias
Kuko Beauty is a cozy beauty salon situated in Orchard Central. At first glance, the salon may seem small. However, it is actually a lot roomier than it appears as the treatment rooms are concealed behind the curtain covers.
Before the treatment, I underwent a skin analysis by my beauty therapist. The skin analysis was very thorough: it measured my skin’s moisture level, elasticity, exposure to UV light, and provides a microscopic view of my skin.
During the analysis, I also learnt something new about my skin: I have always known that my skin was oily, but I never knew that it was due to dehydration! I was told that my dry skin actually produces more oil to compensate for the lack of moisture, which really surprised me. My oily skin, together with my lazy skincare habits, resulted in clogged pores and in turn, a constant battle with acne.
With this in mind, my therapist recommended that I undergo the Acne Treatment Plan. As acne outbreaks are mainly caused by bacterium, the Acne Treatment focuses on killing the bacterium while sanitising the deep, inner layers of skin. At the same time, inflamed lesions and clogged pores would be treated to prevent the formation of acne scars and pits.
The treatment started off with gentle deep cleansing. My therapist gently massaged a Purify Scrub Cleanser all over my face to remove any dirt and makeup. This cleanser also acted as a micro exfoliator to help remove dead skin cells. I liked that the cleanser didn’t feel harsh on the skin – in fact, my skin felt really hydrated right after this step.
The next step, warm mist steaming, helped to soften the skin and open up the pores in preparation for the next step. This was also a key step in ensuring maximum absorption of active ingredients used in the facial treatment.
After my pores were opened up, my therapist proceeded to carry out the extraction. This step was conducted in a very meticulous and thorough manner to ensure optimal results: my therapist spent at least half an hour removing the comedones, blackheads, and whiteheads. I would be lying if I said it didn’t hurt. However, on the bright side, the pain was temporary!
To soothe the irritation caused by extraction, my therapist proceeded to apply the Hydrating Serum Gel. This was further amplified with the use of a cooling hammer, which helped to tighten pores while locking in moisture from the serum into the skin.
After my skin was soothed and the redness started to subside, she applied the Purifying Mask all over my face. The rich mixture of camphor ingredients and glycerin in this mask helped to detoxify and smooth my skin – great for clearing any other gunk in my pores.
While the mask set in, I underwent the LED Repair treatment. This non-invasive treatment used blue light therapy to kill the acne-causing bacterium on the skin and prevent future outbreaks from occurring. This took about 15 to 20 minutes and before I knew it, we were almost done with the facial. For the final touch, my therapist applied the Aqua Matte Cream, which deeply hydrated and left a velvety finish on my face.
If you have more severe acne problems, you can also choose to add on 2 extra steps: a body detox through Gua Sha on the neck and back. In Traditional Chinese Medicine, problems in the liver, gall, intestines, and stomach are the main causes of recurring acne outbreaks. Ancient Gua Sha techniques can be used to detox and clear any congested toxins along the meridian channels so that blood circulation is improved.
After the treatment, I was brought back to the consultation room for another skin analysis. Overall, there was an improvement in moisture level. The blackheads around my nose were also noticeably gone, which showed that the extraction process was truly thorough.
To complete the experience, I was given a few packets of repair cream to bring home for post-treatment. It was crucial that I took proper care of my skin after an intensive treatment such as this, as it affected the length of recovery time. I found that applying the cream regularly for a week helped to speed up the healing process of open wounds from the extraction.
My acne treatment at Kuko Beauty has certainly given me valuable skincare knowledge and more confidence in taking better care of my skin. A week into the treatment, I definitely noticed significant results. My skin has never looked better, with my acne almost completely cleared up and my skin looking a lot smoother, now that those tiny bumps are gone!
2. SOTHYS Premium Salon
If your acne is caused by the clogging of pores, it will usually clear up after you go for an extraction facial. However, for those who are suffering from more severely inflamed acne, you may want to consider going for a facial treatment that specifically targets this skin issue instead.
SOTHYS is a 73-year-old brand from Paris, and most people will be familiar with this professional spa chain. They offer a Matt-Stabilizer Synergy Treatment, which addresses sensitive, inflamed skin and reduces excessive sebum. It aims to soothe the skin and promote healing.
The treatment involves aromatherapy techniques, where you are first made to relax over the soothing scent of lavender oil. The therapist then proceeds with the treatment, starting from a double cleanse, optional extraction, application of serum, and the star procedure – application of not one, but TWO ampoules.
At the end of the acne facial, you will be further rejuvenated with a facial point massage, multi-masking, followed by a blissful shoulder massage. All your frustrations about the acne – and of course, the acne itself – will disappear by the end of this acne facial.
Judging by the high ratings and good reviews of SOTHYS Premium Salon we’ve seen online, we are certain that their acne facial is worth checking out when you need help with those pesky zits.
3. Face Shower Bar
Ever been puzzled by the lack of results seen after a facial, or never had the time to actually go for one because you just can’t afford to take a longer break from work? Face Shower Bar is the solution you’ve been looking for.
Face Shower Bar offers the unique concept of a “dry bar facial”, where modern women can keep up with pampering for their skin with facials that only takes 30 minutes to complete. Its signature treatment is the Quick Shower Facial, which uses hydra-dermabrasion, an advanced exfoliation technology that removes clogged pores and blackheads.
This facial treatment follows a three-step patented DermaSOS, a programme that was designed by Face Shower Bar, together with an A*STAR researcher.
The first step is Dermabrasion, where a gentle vortex liquid wash dissolves impurities and softens dead skin cells. It is then followed by the second step, Dermaopen, which sloughs off dead skin cells and unclogs blemishes with a painless suction. The last step is called Dermasoothen – it eases irritated and dehydrated skin with a calming solution through vortex infusion.
Our reviewers who tried this acne facial at Face Shower Bar were all very impressed by the instant results they had seen after the facial treatment. The blemishes they had were not as obvious as before as the pores were thoroughly unclogged during the (painless!) extraction, and their skin continued to feel soft and smooth in the next few days after the acne facial too.
Impressed already? You can read full reviews of Face Shower Bar’s facial by our reviewers here.
Website: Face Shower Bar
Address: One Raffles Link, B1-17A, Citylink Mall (near Marina Square Exit), Singapore 039393
If you are the type who believes consistency is the key to preventing breakouts in the long run, you definitely have to consider going to Porcelain for their award-winning acne facial – the Porcelain Signatures Quintessential™ Facial.
Porcelain does not claim to give instant results, but they do promise that with time and commitment from both clients and therapists, they can give you the next closest thing: longer-lasting results.
The Quintessential facial involves a thorough skin analysis, followed by an intensive and thorough extraction session to clear congested pores. Finally, an after-care procedure (custom-blended mask and LED therapy) is in place to make sure your skin heals quickly.
If you suffer from congested and acne-prone skin, you will find that this facial is especially effective, thanks to the top-notch extraction done by Porcelain’s experienced therapists. However, reviewers have also pointed out that the extraction process in Porcelain’s signature acne facial is nowhere near painless – but no pain no gain, right?
One thing to take note: while the Quintessential mainly focuses on extraction, Porcelain does take into account the difference between every person’s skin, and tailors it to your skin’s condition and needs. Hence, customers who sign up for this acne facial may not undergo the exact same process, depending on how different their skin is.
5. Lavish Beauty
Lavish Beauty is famous for their knowledgeable therapists, as well as effective and extensive range of treatments provided at affordable prices. If you urgently need an acne facial to keep your zits under control but don’t have much cash to spare that month, check out the salon’s Purifying Acne Facial Treatment.
The Purifying Acne Facial Treatment is a thorough service that takes about one and a half hours. It starts off with cleansing, followed by exfoliation and micro dermabrasion to remove the top layer of dead skin cells and reveal clearer, younger skin underneath.
Gentle extraction is then carried out to remove all that gunk from your pores, which could be causing your acne breakouts. Reviewers say that this step is as gentle as the salon claims – perfect for those who have lower pain tolerance!
As the previous steps may cause a little redness in your skin, the therapist will help to calm it down with a purifying serum, before doing a detoxifying face massage to improve blood circulation in your face for better skin complexion. The last step will be a mask that packs all the hydration and nutrients you need for healthier skin in the long run.
Satisfied customers love the professionalism shown by the therapists throughout the treatment, and the noticeable improvement in their acne condition after the facial.