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What are Back Facials and Why Should You Get One?

July 21, 2021
back facial

By now, everyone seems to have a skincare routine down. But what about the skin you can’t see? Back facials may seem like a new trend, but consider how much pampering you give the rest of your body. Your back skin deserves just as much care as the rest of you, and this is one area that you probably need a little help to tend to. 

What is a back facial?

Similar to the more common face-facial, a back facial is a series of treatments that opens pores, extracts impurities, and leaves the skin soft, moisturized, and refreshed. Steam is used to open the pores and prep the skin for cleansing and exfoliation. From there, the esthetician will assess the client’s skin and determine what treatments will bring your best back forward. 

If there is acne or clogged pores, the esthetician will perform extractions to safely remove the offending spots and help your skin clear up. On the other hand, dry skin will receive extra hydration through masques, serums, and oil-free moisturizers. 

Why should you get a back facial?

Whether you’ve got a formal event coming up, or a beach vacation, or you just want to feel more comfortable in your skin, anyone can benefit from a back facial. The back is an area we often forget about–after all, it’s out of sight, out of mind–but it’s also a crucial part of the skin that needs the same level of attention as anywhere else on the body. 

Exfoliate dirt, oil, and dead skin

Even if you don’t experience acne, your skin probably has some buildup from sweat, environmental dirt, and natural oils, which makes it harder to shed dead skin. Exfoliating scrubs and chemical treatments gently remove the buildup, preventing breakouts and unveiling your beautiful skin underneath.

Hydrate dry skin

Unless you’ve got the flexibility of a master yogi, you probably can’t reach every part of your back when applying moisturizer. Whether you’re spending the summer poolside or cranking the heat during a cold winter, your skin needs extra moisture and can certainly benefit from hydrating creams and serums. 

Clear acne breakouts

Who among us doesn’t live in fear of backne? If you’ve got breakouts holding you back from feeling confident, let your esthetician gently clear breakouts by implementing clarifying masques, extractions, and clarifying treatments. 

Reduce inflammation and redness

If your skin is sensitive to the aforementioned treatments, your esthetician can apply a calming masque or serum to help your skin feel as relaxed as you do. They may suggest additional products to follow up with at home. 

What to expect before, during, and after a back facial?

Before the actual facial begins, your esthetician will sit down with you to identify your skin needs and goals. After determining what you hope to get out of the spa treatment, specific treatments will be applied throughout the session, starting with steam to open the pores. If your goals require more invasive treatments, you may experience some redness or sensitivity after your session, but you’ll receive after-care instructions to ensure that you maintain that post-spa glow.  Don’t be surprised if you find yourself scheduling your next appointment on your way out the door! 

Schedule a back facial near you at your local milk + honey spa

Your local milk + honey spa has your back when it comes to a customized, luxurious back facial treatment. Go ahead and enlist a friend to take your before-and-after pictures: if everyone else gets to revel at your renewed skin, you should, too. Whether you’re planning for an event or just looking to treat yourself, milk + honey’s team of experts has the solution for you.

Skin Care

13 Tips for Preventing and Treating Maskne (Mask Acne)

July 21, 2021
mask acne

During the COVID-19 pandemic, masks became part of our regular routine as they were required in most public places. The primary reason for wearing a mask was to help reduce the spread of COVID-19, but even after people got vaccinated some continued wearing masks because it also helps prevent the spread of other illnesses such as the flu. Beyond reducing the spread of viruses, other reasons people continue to wear masks include helping with allergies, reducing the need for makeup, or simply as a means of expression through the mask design much like with clothing and accessories.

While masks definitely have their benefits, they also come with one unfortunate consequence: mask acne or maskne. Masks, especially reusable fabric ones, trap oil, bacteria, and dead skin and then rub up against your face, clogging pores and irritating follicles which causes mask acne. Even if you’re wearing a clean mask every day, maskne is inevitable. 

If you plan on continuing to wear a mask, learn everything you need to know about mask acne including prevention and treatment tips.

What is maskne?

Maskne is acne around the mouth, chin, and cheeks that is specifically caused by wearing a mask. The term is an umbrella that can refer to acne (clogged pores), rosacea (a skin condition that causes redness and pimples), contact dermatitis (a sensitive reaction to the mask itself), or folliculitis (infected hair follicles). If you already had any of these conditions, the friction and buildup of substances can provoke a flare up. On the other hand, if you previously experienced clear skin (lucky you!), the addition of a physical barrier against your face can spark new skin issues. 

What causes maskne?

Maskne is caused by, of course, wearing a mask. Depending on which issue you have, though, the causes may vary. True acne is caused by clogged pores, which means the oils, bacteria, and dead skin that naturally occur are being trapped against the skin. Rosacea can flare up for a number of reasons, one of them being heat. Contact dermatitis could be a reaction to your laundry detergent or even the fabric of the mask itself, and folliculitis is caused by bacteria infecting the hair follicles.

How to prevent maskne

The easiest way to tackle any skincare issue is to prevent it before it happens, so here are some tips for preventing mask acne:

  • Wash your face before donning your mask so that there’s less oils, bacteria, and skin cells to collect.
  • Moisturize before you mask up to soften the skin and reduce friction.
  • Skip the makeup! Odds are it’ll get rubbed off onto the mask anyway, so embrace the chance to go au natural.
  • Keep your mask clean by washing after every use with a fragrance-free soap or detergent, which will help with bacteria buildup and reduce the chance of irritation.
  • Use a mask made of natural, soft fabric like cotton or silk; synthetics like nylon or rayon can be too abrasive for the face.
  • Make sure your mask fits well! It should cover the nose and mouth snugly, but not too tight which causes extra friction and irritates the skin.

How to treat maskne

If you’re looking for a solution, here are some mask acne treatment tips:

  • Wash your face regularly with a gentle cleanser–definitely at the beginning or end of the day, but if you get particularly sweaty, another quick rinse will help keep things fresh.
  • Supplement your skincare routine with clarifying treatments like benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid.
  • If your skin feels tender and irritated, cortisone cream and moisturizer with ceramides will soothe and protect your skin.
  • A topical antibiotic cream can help prevent infections: dermatologists recommend applying before you put on your mask.
  • Consider switching to disposable masks until your breakouts subside, to ensure that you’re starting with a clean slate every time you mask up.
  • If you’re sticking with fabric masks, try to swap out for a fresh one midday.
  • Wash your hands before handling the mask to reduce the transfer of oils and bacteria.

If none of the above helps treat your mask acne, consult your dermatologist for a stronger treatment, such as a prescription-strength antibiotic. Additionally, you should consider getting regular facial treatments to help exfoliate and refresh your skin. If you’re interested in getting a facial, check out the wide array of options available at your local milk + honey spa and book an appointment today!

Skin, Skin Care, Skin Care, Treatments

5 Steps to the Best Wax

January 7, 2020

From your brows to your bikini line, waxing is a great shortcut. The hair removal method can make your growth cycles more consistent, prevent ingrown hairs, and help to achieve your smoothest possible skin. Whether you’re new to waxing or not, you can never have too many tips to make it more relaxing. We asked milk + honey esthetician, Nicole Burke for her go-to advice for the easiest wax.

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Ingredients, Products, Skin, Skin Care

3 Tips for Choosing an Effective Eye Cream

June 24, 2019

If Eye Cream isn’t a solid step in your skincare regimen yet, that’s okay. While it’s a good rule of thumb to preventatively incorporate anti-aging products before you need them, it’s never too late to start. 

It can be challenging to navigate the “must-haves” and essential ingredients when shopping for an effective eye cream. We’re proud of each ingredient in our hyperclean formulation, but these three pack the biggest punch in our Eye Cream.

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Skin, Skin Care

a beginner’s guide to peels

March 21, 2019

Once a year, we celebrate glowy skin with our Peel Party. When attendees purchase a peel, they receive a complimentary peel on their account for future use. Still, we realize a lot of people are new to peels or hesitant about the level of commitment that comes with taking the peel plunge. That’s why we asked an esthetician to answer some of our most frequently asked questions regarding peels.

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Skin Care, Uncategorized

summer-ready skin in 3 quick steps

June 1, 2018


Whether it’s protecting against the harsher heat or showing off that new swimsuit, there are many reasons to bid adieu to dry skin and uncover your greatest glow this summer. We encourage creating a plan for healthy, hydrated skin with these three preliminary skincare tips.

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Massage, Skin, Skin Care, Wellness

hydrate, feel great.

January 19, 2018

If you’ve ever read the beauty routines of models and celebrities, surely you’ve been sung the praises of drinking enough water. Still, quenching that thirst is incredibly important for your overall wellness — it’s not just a beauty hack. It seems everyone has a lot to say about said topic, but our resident milk + honey experts are sharing hydration perspectives on two fronts: skincare and the wellness of your body.

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Body, Skin, Skin Care

how to: exfoliating face + body

January 8, 2018

Out with the old and in with the new.  Exfoliating removes dead skin cells to reveal renewed skin and allows your moisturizers and skincare products to do their job. The catch? Exfoliation strategies differ when it comes to the skin on your face and the skin on your body. Today, two experts are sharing their insight on the topic of exfoliation.

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Skin, Skin Care

What One Esthetician Uses in Her Day-to-Night Skincare Routine

July 20, 2017

Before and after her days in the spa, 2nd Street District esthetician, Jessica, takes care to practice what she preaches. As in — she takes her morning and evening skincare routines very seriously. We asked Jessica to share her Holy Grail products and processes with us in the hopes that you, too, will be inspired to kick up your skincare game a notch or two.

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