Preparing for Your Facial or Skincare Treatment

Mar 28, 2022
Preparing for Your Facial or Skincare Treatment
If you’re planning an upcoming facial or skincare treatment with your Reno dermatologist, you should know that there is some preparation that needs to be done on your part to ensure the best possible results.

If you’re planning an upcoming facial or skincare treatment with your Reno dermatologist, you should know that there is some preparation that needs to be done on your part to ensure the best possible results. Preparing your skin for dermatology treatments in Reno can be a vital step towards reaching your desired outcome, especially in regards to deeper treatments such as chemical peels and laser services. Starting a skincare regimen at home prior to treatments can help lower unwanted side effects, speed healing time and increase desired results. The best at-home routine will include an effective cleanser, growth factors, retinol, antioxidants, specialty treatment products, and sun protection. 

The Importance of Preparing Your Skin For a Facial or Skincare Treatment 

When we say you need to prepare your skin for treatment, it just means that there are some skincare steps you need to take before you get a facial. This includes cleansing your face, gently exfoliating, applying moisturizers and antioxidants, and using sunscreen. All of this is done to not only protect your skin from irritation and other possible side effects of the treatment but to improve the treatment’s success. 

Proper preparation will enhance the effects of your skincare treatment by allowing the products to be better absorbed by the skin. This can also help your Reno dermatologist determine which products will be the most effective based on your history. Essentially, preparing your skin will result in the highest level of improvement in your skin’s appearance after the treatment.

Recommended At-Home Skin Care Routine

Each product in your skincare routine has its place to achieve your final skincare goal. The steps in your skincare routine that will be done in preparation for your facial include cleansing, exfoliating, moisturizing, and applying antioxidants and sunscreen. 


Reno dermatologists insist that cleansing your face with a quality cleanser is the best practice for removing dirt, oil, and make-up from the skin. A good cleanser not only rids the skin of debris but assists your other products to enter the skin more easily, allowing them to do their job more effectively. Cleansing also helps maintain your skin’s natural pH balance preventing the skin from becoming overly oily or overly dry. 

Preparing for Your Facial or Skincare Treatment

Retinol Exfoliant

Exfoliation is done to thoroughly cleanse the skin from dead skin cells that may have built up and are now trapped on the surface and below your skin. Retinol, or vitamin A, works as a fantastic, natural exfoliant that is gentle on the skin and helps with cell turnover, renewing your skin. The use of retinol also increases collagen production which improves skin elasticity for smoother skin. 

Typically, retinoids are recommended by our licensed dermatologist as a part of your skincare routine up to two weeks prior to preparing for your treatment. Combinations of effective ingredients in your routine can include prescription and non-prescription products.


Like the rest of your body, the skin requires hydration to stay healthy. A quality moisturizer will contain key vitamins such as vitamins A and B5 to enhance firmness and vitamins C and E to protect against outside elements. Moisturizing is essential for keeping the skin barrier intact which will also help during recovery. 


Antioxidants protect against free radicals to keep your cells healthy and working at their best. They provide advanced environmental protection against harmful UV rays and pollution. They act as an extra layer of protection on top of the skin to prevent damage prior to your Reno facial. 


Sunblock is a must in your skincare routine. Using your sunblock daily before and after your treatments will protect the investment you are putting into the health of your skin. A minimum of SPF 15 is recommended year-round to help protect your skin from harmful UV rays. You’ll need to make sure your SPF product protects from both UVA and UVB rays.

Achieve Your Skin Care Goals

Every person’s goals are not the same. With this in mind, your skincare regimen needs to be tailored and specified to you and your desires. Integrated Dermatology of Reno’s licensed dermatologist can consult with you about your goals and guide you to the best at-home skincare program and the best in-office treatments for you.

To discuss your skincare concerns with a licensed Reno dermatologist and what would be best for you, please schedule a cosmetic consultation today with the best dermatologist in Reno!