Complements #AskLashelle: How often should I get a facial?


By Lashelle Kuhlman, licensed aesthetician, reconstructive & cosmetic surgery, Mount Nittany Physician Group

I am often asked, “What is the proper timeline for facials, peels and microdermabrasion treatments?” Depending on the person’s skin and goals, I typically recommend treatments every four to six weeks. This timeline also works for chemical peels and the Fire & Ice facial, the newest addition to our facial treatment line up.

If you take a look at the life cycle of a facial, you can understand how the skin reacts with time and when best to schedule.

  • Immediately after a facial, your skin will be left glowing and rejuvenated.
  • Within 48 – 72 hours, your skin will be hydrated, as circulation is boosted.
  • Within 28 – 48 days, skin cells are regenerated and the long-term benefits of the facial kick in.
  • Dead skin begins to build up around 28 to48 days post-facial, and that is when it is time to have another professional treatment.

As we age, our cellular turnover decreases where skin regenerates at a much slower rate, causing wrinkles to form. By receiving treatments every 4-6 weeks, the dead skin will be removed and improve the effects of aging.

One treatment isn’t going to take care of your skin issues, but if you maintain your skin like you do your hair color and nails, you will see a world of a difference. When was your last treatment? You only get one set of skin, so take care of the skin you are in!

If you are unsure of the best treatment option for your skin type and goals, schedule a skin consultation with me by calling 814.231.7878.