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Foundation Facial FAQ

Foundation Facial FAQ

What is a Foundation Facial? What does it do?

Foundation facial also known as Korean "bb glow" treatment follows the same protocol as a cosmetic needling procedure. Using a microneedling pen to intentionally wound the skin, prompting it to heal itself of any scars and texture previously present. Taking it a step further, pigmented stem cells and hyaluronic acid are infused using a nano needle. This will act as a sheer, light coverage skin tint to further camouflage scars and blemishes. A few minutes of LED light therapy for anti-aging completes the treatment.

What are the benefits?

Skin is likely to have less noticeable blemishes and smoother texture. This is generally the outcome of a standard cosmetic needling procedure even without the use of pigment. Incorporating pigmented stem cells does provide a “filter effect” or illusion of a tinted moisturizer, also known as the “no makeup” makeup look. This significantly simplifies makeup application process or in some cases it’s just no longer needed.

How long does it last?

A couple months on average. Results become more noticeable with more treatments. The first 3-5 treatments are recommended 2-4 weeks apart and then maintenance 2-4 times a year in order to effortlessly maintain the “filter effect”. This depends on the desired results as far as how much coverage you want, as well as the skin's starting point at the time of first treatment. 

Can I still wear makeup?

Yes but waiting 2-3 days after treatment before resuming is ideal. This allows the skin to properly recover. Makeup looks and feels better on the skin due to less noticeable pores, smoother texture, and subtle fading of blemishes. Since skin imperfections are less prominent, less product is required to achieve desired look, so makeup likely won’t look cakey or overdone. 

Is it safe?

This treatment is beneficial and safe for all skin types but should not be performed on clients with active acne, active eczema, psoriasis, any open wounds or lesions. Also not recommended while pregnant or breastfeeding.

What could go wrong?

The most common concerns associated with this treatment that cause the “dermatologist side eye” are (1) the possibility for error in the technique and (2) the potential use of harmful ingredients. (1) Needle depth during this facial is critical since the treatment is designed for the outermost layers of the skin. Penetrating too deep or using a needle size that isn’t suitable can cause damage and discomfort. (2) Even more concerning is the risk of possible allergic reaction or contact dermatitis. The chances of these complications increase dramatically with use of a popular ingredient in bb glow serums known as titanium dioxide. Titanium dioxide getting too deep in the skin is a disaster. Any contact with tanning beds, laser skin treatment, prolonged direct sunlight, or an MRI while titanium dioxide is abundantly present in the skin can result is burns and skin discoloration. I do not use products containing titanium dioxide. If seeking this treatment elsewhere that is the biggest risk to consider. Even though this is extremely rare, the damage is severe and justifies why this causes controversy among skincare professionals and eyebrow raises from the general public. 

Can I go to the tanning salon or use a tanning bed


What happens if I get a sun tan? My skin gets lighter during the winter and darker in the summertime.

Nothing happens if you get a tan. The coverage is extremely sheer and blends in with your skin within hours. It doesn’t just sit on top or drastically alter your complexion. You would tan as normal. Keep in mind that with or without this treatment you should do your best to avoid direct sunlight for extended periods of time. Most importantly always wear SPF, reapplying it as often as needed during daytime. 

I just booked this treatment. How should I prepare for my appointment?

For at least 3 days leading up to your appointment, pause the use of skincare products containing harsh ingredients like retinol, salicylic acid, benzoyl peroxide, glycolic acid, etc. Come to your appointment ready to describe your morning skincare routine and nighttime skincare routine including products used, the frequency, and order they are used in. This will allow me to efficiently make any adjustments to your at home regime if necessary. If you don’t have a skincare routine at all, we’ll create one during your session. 

Does it hurt?
No. This treatment is superficial and is performed on the outermost layers of the skin. Since needles won’t penetrate very deep, the pain level is little to none. No numbing is required. 

Is it good for dry skin? Oily skin? What if I’m acne prone?

This treatment is suitable for all skin types. It cannot be performed during an active acne breakout or eczema flare but can be done once inflamed skin is calm and controlled. 

Is there any downtime?

24 hours is required, 48 hours is recommended. Avoid direct sunlight, water, sweating and literally anything else (including your hands) touching your face as best as you can within the first 2 days of your facial. After 48 hours (24 if you must), do a water cleanse. A water cleanse means cleansing your face with just water and a damp Skin Candy. Follow up with a moisturizer containing gentle/soothing ingredients like hyaluronic acid, aloe vera, etc. (Baby Cheeks). If daytime, sunscreen as your 3rd and final step is extremely important. If nighttime, your routine is all done after moisturizing.

What does the aftercare consist of?

For the first two days after your treatment, your skincare routine will be altered to simplicity. You will do a water cleanse, as explained above, followed by moisturizing, (then SPF if daytime). By day 3 you may resume cleanser, serums, etc. but only products focused on hydration and contain gentle, soothing ingredients (hyaluronic acid, aloe, niacinamide, etc.) During this time, opt for low impact workouts like yoga, pilates, walking indoors or in the shade at moderate speed. After about 5-7 days you may begin to gradually reintroduce retinol, salicylic acid, and AHAs back into your routine as well as more rigorous exercises that involve heavy cardio and intense weight training, also saunas and steam rooms.  

I really want this. How do I book?

Here’s the link to book 


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