Header New
article feature

 Print 

My post-facial HELL: Beauty blogger suffers HORRIFIC allergic reaction to spa treatment

 

  • Juli is a young Singaporean blogger who writes under name Bun Bun 
  • Runs bunbunmakeuptips.com and says she has lost out financially 
  • Did not name salon, as she believes it was just an allergic reaction 
  • Later extracting pus made condition worse 
  • Was finalist in Singapore blog awards - had to wear mask to competition

Source: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-2337452/Singapore-beauty-blogger-Bun-Bun-suffers-HORRIFIC-skin-reaction-spa-facial-treatment-bunbunmakeuptips-com.html

By Martha De Lacey

 | 

A young beauty blogger has posted a shocking photo diary of what happened when she suffered a severe reaction to a salon facial.

Singaporean make-up fanatic Juli, who blogs under the name Bun Bun atbunbunmakeuptips.com , shared her experience online in a series of blog posts, documenting how the skin on her face became enraged by the treatment and then by medication she was given by a dermatologist in effort to calm it down.

Writing four days after her 'skin-ravaging facial', Juli warned readers with a caution: 'This post contains graphic images of a face inflamed with red, angry pimples filled with pus.'

Juli, who writes under the name Bun Bun, before her facial

 

Juli, who writes under the name Bun Bun, before her facial

She continued: 'You might feel itchy and want to vomit after seeing these images. I totally understand if you run away from me if you saw me. Reader discretion advised.'

She then posted a photograph of what she usually looks like, followed by a day-by-day photographic account of how her skin reacted to the facial, first breaking out in a small number of spots, which rapidly grew in number and filled with pus.

She visited a clinic to have the pus extracted, which only served tomake the condition worse. The spots were soon covering her entire face and neck, and were both painful and itchy.

Juli before her facial treatment

 

Juli five days after the facial

 

Juli before the facial that ravaged her skin, left, and five days after, right

Juli immediately after the facial

 

Juli immediately after the facial

Spots began coming through the day after her facial

 

Spots began coming through the day after her facial

More and more spots began working their way through her skin two days later

 

More and more spots began working their way through her skin two days later

Writing on the site, Juli commented: 'I'dsent images of my deteriorating skin condition to the people at the facial salon and they asked me to go down and have the pus extracted again, this time to their HQ, where their Director was around.

'I'dsent images of my deteriorating skin condition to the people at the facial salon and they asked me to go down and have the pus extracted again'

'I don't know how people who have been in the industry for THIRTY YEARS couldn't tell this was not your normal acne breakout or post-facial sensitivity.'

She continued: 'The facial people told me that "It has to get worse before it gets better". BULL***T. Anyone who tells you that about your skin is really just lying to you. I have friends who are aestheticians say there's no such thing. If it gets worse, it can only get worse.

'From the first round of extraction, they kept lying to me that "tomorrow your skin will be better". It never did. At home, my skin turned worse.'

Despite their advice, Juli chose not to reveal the name of the salon, believing they did not intend to cause the reaction.

The clusters of spots around Juli's chin continued to grow and grow

 

The clusters of spots around Juli's chin continued to grow and grow

The skin on her forehead began to break out in a pus-filled rash as well

 

The skin on her forehead began to break out in a pus-filled rash as well

Juli at the clinic where they tried to treat the condition with an anti-bacterial gel that only made the complaint worse

 

Juli at the clinic where they tried to treat the condition with an anti-bacterial gel that only made the complaint worse

Juli following the pus extraction on day four

 

Juli following the pus extraction on day four

Juli visited a number of doctors, and the second one gave her pills and told her the skin allergy should not cause any scarring, but would leave her  with hyper-pigmentation for at least a few months.

She said: 'He also advised that I go back to my skincare regime before the facial because the new products given by the salon might be contributing to the allergy.'

Juli said the whole experience left her traumatised and depressed

 

Juli said the whole experience left her traumatised and depressed

Juli five days after the facial

 

Juli five days after the facial

Five days after the facial Juli's skin was only getting worse

 

Five days after the facial Juli's skin was only getting worse

After the photographs Juli wrote: 'I'm sorry if I scared you. I have goosebumps too. You can't imagine how difficult it was to look at these photos and not cry. I cry the most when I’m washing my face.

'I was at my lowest on Day 5. A small percentage of the pustules were starting to dry out, but more were forming, and they were MERGING'

'My self-confidence has plummeted to rock bottom. I cannot remember the last time I was so depressed over an external condition.

'I guess I could thank the heavens that I’m lucky to be alive, but can my life ever go back to normal? I don't know. It's a great fall to take for a person who is image-conscious and with an online personality.'

In a second blog post a few days later, she wrote: 'I was at my lowest on Day 5. A small percentage of the pustules were starting to dry out, but more were forming, and they were MERGING. They were spreading to my neck too, and were incredibly itchy.'

Juli added that she has not only lost out financially as a result of her reaction, but that when she attended the Singapore blogging awards as a finalist she was forced to wear a mask over her face because she was so embarrassed.

'I was at my lowest on day five'

 

'I was at my lowest on day five'

The pustules showed no sign of abating on day five

 

The pustules showed no sign of abating on day five

On day six, after lots of medication, the spots began to dry up

 

On day six, after lots of medication, the spots began to dry up

The doctor told Juli she should expect to have discolouration of the skin for several months

 

The doctor told Juli she should expect to have discolouration of the skin for several months

Juli ends her post saying: 'I realize I have instilled panic and fear in many people regarding the effects of a facial.

'Many have asked me to advise on whether this salon is safe to go, whether the one I went to is the one they are going to, what to look out for in a facial, etc.

'I have been going for facials for the past ten years and as a beauty blogger tried a myriad of products on my skin, and NOTHING like that has ever happened' 

'I wrote about my personal experience to share the risks involved in getting a facial. I do not know and cannot guarantee what will happen to anybody else.

'You may or may not be allergic to the products the salon uses, the treatment may or may not be right for you, your beauticians may or may not know what to do when they see you with uncommon pus on your face, facials may or may not work for you at all.

'I cannot speak for anyone and am not qualified to say whether or not a facial or a trip to a dermatologist is right for you.

'I have been going for facials for the past ten years and as a beauty blogger tried a myriad of products on my skin, and NOTHING like that has ever happened.'

COMMENTS 
 
Looks like a staph infection took hold. I hope she gets her gorgeous skin back soon 
Click to rateRating2 

I would have SO much fun squeezing those

Click to rateRating11 

that is not an allergic reaction - that is some sort of infection. Allergies are pretty immediate for a start, and dont form pustules like that. She should sue the spa.

Click to rateRating27 

Hope all gets better for her. Love her blog name

Click to rateRating8 

the poor girl! I had a reaction to microdermabrasion, loads of little lumps and same spots after a course of the facials, its taken months for my skin to get back to normal and left lots of purple marks. do your research before getting a facial, or just have a good cleansing routine and be happy with what you have!

Click to rateRating8 

Chicken pox?

Click to rateRating7 

Suddenly don't fancy my cous cous anymore....

Click to rateRating8 

I have had this before and it was an allergic reaction to a new facial cleanser. It was no where near as bad but I had exactly the same type of spots on my t-zone and even if I squeezed them they came back. I was really down about it before the dried up and disappeared!

Click to rateRating6 

Amazing & brave girl for putting these pictures up. I would have just hibernated. I hope her beautiful skin returns back to normal in time.

Click to rateRating21 

As a beauty therapist I have done many facials and the whole point of them is to clean your skin, opening your pores so any dirt, sebum, matter, can come out. So to those who think you can simply have a facial and look gorgeous, for some people it really does make your skin worse before it looks better. My skin looked awful for 4 months when I first started my course 10 years ago, because we did facials all week every week and it was literally being cleaned out.

Click to rateRating14 
Share this comment 

The views expressed in the contents above are those of our users and do not necessarily reflect the views of MailOnline.