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Facial, Glossary, Decrustation

Definition: Decrustation

A few years ago, as I was waiting for a treatment at the Aveda Institute Chicago, I came across the term decrustation on the spa service menu. Common sense told me it had something to do with the removal of crust. But on the face? Huh? So I checked in with my esthetician friend, Cynthia, and here's what she had to say. "Decrustation is a process where you use some kind of special product and an electric current to soften the sebum in your pores. Once this sebum is soft it's easier to extract." Lovely.

Decrustation is often performed on those with congested skin types, such as oily skin. A common mixture used to loosen the sebum is a mask of baking soda and distilled water. To make the solution more effective, the electrical current is used to help push product into the skin. As for squeezing out that sebum? Check out how that's done through the process of extraction here.


Francoisehardly Francoisehardly 8 years
This sounds good to me.
Beauty Beauty 8 years
Since estheticians use fancy machines with electric current to loosen sebum, you probably won't get the same results at home. Baking soda however, can be mixed with your face cleanser as a natural (and cheap) exfoliator.
keemusabi keemusabi 8 years
Will the baking soda & water help you extract sebum when using a mask too? Or does it only make it easier if you are using extraction tools?
writerjenna writerjenna 8 years
Can't wait to go home and try out the baking soda-water mixture!
emalove emalove 8 years
The term 'decrustation' sounds so gross...
aimeeb aimeeb 8 years
I'd like to see this done, I wonder how effective it is.
bellaressa bellaressa 8 years
Wow, this seems amazing. I bet they can get a lot of stuff out with this process.
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