Kit Expert Dr. Frances Jang has some good advice for
making the best of a bad situation BY JANINE FALCON
I had a terrible microdermabrasion experience at
a spa. Usually I’m fine with this type of treatment,
but afterward, my face was a mass of throbbing,
red welts. What do I do now?
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“For the next few days, treat skin very
gently,” says Vancouver dermatologist
Dr. Frances Jang. That means:
• Avoid hot water, harsh soap and
exfoliants. “Cleanse with cool water and a non-lathering,
soap-free formula like Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser ($10,
www.cetaphil.ca), or don’t use a cleanser at all,” says Jang.
• Avoid acne products. Their exfoliating properties will
further upset the skin.
• Avoid sun exposure. You’re more vulnerable to UV
damage, so use a high-SPF sunscreen for sensitive skin.
• Use a plain moisturizer without anti-aging ingredients,
or a soothing balm such as Bioderma Cicabio Soothing
Repairing Cream (left), or La Roche-Posay
Cicaplast ($19, www.laroche-posay.ca), designed to
calm distressed skin and accelerate healing. And
remember, “you can’t use past experiences as a
measure of how your next appointment will go.”