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My teenager has some large unsightly blackheads that need to be
extracted. Where does one go for such a thing? He could also
use some outside guidance regarding skin care (meaning not from
me). I guess I should be happy he isn't picking at his face,
anon for his sake
My esthetitian is so good at extractions, she's not just good,
she also loves it. Try her, She will take care of it. You'll
save a lot of money than seen a dematologist. Here is her phone
I would try Roberta at Berkeley Facial Studio, 525-8933. Her
place is very austere so he will not feel like he is going
somewhere girly. Roberta is a grandmother of boys close to your
son's age and I think she would be excellent at talking to him
and making him feel comfortable. She is also affordable. And
did I mention she is a PRO at blackheads? She is an expert at
teen skin. After seeing Roberta I have been ruined for all other
facialists. I would definitely send my boy to Roberta.
Hi - I would take him for a facial with Francesca at Alchemy Skin
Spa in North Berkeley in Walnut Square (981-9881). She is
incredibly gentle, friendly and informative. She can do the
extractions and then recommend a good skin care regime. I wish I
had her around when I was a teenager! Good luck...
I need some help to find a good facialist in the
Berkeley/Oakland area, one who does not induce large amounts of
pain while doing a facial. I recently tried a new place, one
recommended in the Berkeley Parents Network, based on a good
review. It sounded like it was clean and reasonably priced, so
I thought I’d check it out, but the facialist talked on the
phone during my appointment, the glycolic peel burned my face,
and the extractions hurt. I have had wonderful, soothing, healing facials in
the past, on vacations in other towns like Carmel. Can someone
point me in the direction of someone local who is not such a
sadistic facialist? At this point, money is no object. I just
need some pampering!
I highly recommend Soizic Ausmus with the Emeryville Health &
Wellness Center in Emeryville. She is amazing. Her studio is
small, relaxing and incredibly comfortable and quiet. I've been
a number of times and I always leave feeling like I just got a
full body massage. The phone # is (510) 823-5933 and it's
located at 1240 Powell Street in Emeryville. Enjoy!
Erika Bunnin at Elixir over by the Montery Market.She only gives
extractions if needed and if asked for, and and I fall asleep
every time.She only uses Aveda products which are just as
effective as the more harsh chemical products with out the
stinging and burning.
Try Face Magic on Pomona in Albany. Lynne, the owner, is
wonderful as, I suspect, is everyone who works there. Her
schedule is booked many weeks in advance, but she is worth the wait.
A wonderful place to have a facial is at Escape Day Spa in
Berkeley. It is in the alley at the top of Solano. I used to
not enjoy facials because I wanted to have a relaxing and
pampering experience, however, with Mena I walk out totally
relaxed and glowing. Her number is 526-6720 and I find her
You should try my esthetician. Her name is Soizic at Beaute
Nature located in the Emeryville Health and Wellness Center at
1240 Powell Street #2A. Her telephone number is 510-823-5933.
Her website is http://www.beautenature.biz
She is very gentle, she has healing hands and her facials are
soothing and relaxing. She uses all natural ingredient products
that are very comforting to the skin. The atmosphere is calm
and quiet far away from any distractions (with no telephones!)
I met Soizic through a friend who recommended her to me for the
same reasons you described and I couldn't be happier. She is
French and knows the classic methods for pampering. I recommend
her to all my friends and to anyone who is looking for a great
experience with a world-class esthetician.
Hi. Jane Aasen at SkinTonix in Montclair gives the most soothing,
best, pain free, facials I have ever had. Her number is 339-2287.
For many years I have felt so nurtured by Francesca Cavanaugh.
I have followed her to many salons.
Her new location is in Walnut Square and is called Alchemy Skin Spa
Once again, today, I spent a short time there and her slow movements and
gently touch are always rejuvenative.
Has anyone ever used foto facial treatment for the redness of
rosacea or broken blood vessels? I am considering this type of
treatment, but don't know much about it. Should I consult with
a Dermatologist first? How much does it cost? I have seen
everything from $180 ranging to upwards of $400 for one
session. Is it dangerous? What is the downtime if any? Also
any recommendations of Doctors/spas to go if people think this
is a good remedy?
Before you try this method, you should definitely talk with
Marie Veronique. She is an esthetician and has developed her
own line of natural skin care. I am recommeding her to you
because I have recommeded her products to several rosacea cases
that have come through my office (I am an acupuncturist) and
everytime her products worked.
I know she can be reached through her website http://www.m-
vskintherapy.com. She also lives in Berkeley so you can call
her as well.
Let her know I sent you! If you have further questions, I am
more than happy to answer them for you.
I have rosacea myself so I know what a frustrating condition it
The reason why you are seeing such a broad range of prices for a
photo-facial is because there are currently several procedures
out there that call themselves photo-facials: one uses LED (light
emitting diode) light, another is IPL or Intensed Pulsed Light
using a xenon pulsed lamp and yet another uses laser light. Most
of these machines use the same wavelength of light (usually 808
nm) and sometimes infrared and ultraviolet light. The only
difference amongst them is the power of and depth of light
penetration into the skin.
The idea is the same for all of these machines in that the light
penetrates deep into the dermis and helps rebuild damaged
tissues, erase vascular damage caused and help rebuild the tissue
of the skin.
The LED treatment is the most gentle and lowest in price, my
esthetician Ourane Redgate does this on me and I have noticed a
difference. It takes several treatments though. The IPL and laser
are the most effective in a single treatment but the treatments
cost more and sometimes leave you with sunburn like sensation for
a few days. I think if you are trying to erase vascular damage I
would go for laser or IPL. If you are looking for a more
therapeutic on-going approach to your rosacea I would do the LED.
Only dermatologists can perform laser treatments, I think
estheticians may be able to do IPL but I'm not sure. Good luck
I also have rosacea, and I want to strongly suggest that
before you try any laser treatments, you consider Chinese
4 months ago I started seeing the pre-eminent traditional
Chinese medicine skin specialist in the country. She is in
San Francisco, and her name is Dr. Jialing Yu.
I was in a very advanced stage of the condition, and within
two days of her treatment, I was 85% better. Now, after 4
months, my skin is smooth and clear, and the small broken
capillaries are slowly clearing up as well.
Her treatment includes herbs, an ointment, and a facial
compress, as well as some dietary restrictions (which have
also helped my overall health, and I've lost 15 pounds that
really had to go). She recommended against laser
treatments, noting that they can cause scarring.
People come from all over the country to see her -- her
treatments are that effective. If you'd like to know more,
please feel free to email me.
I am looking for a facialist in the Lamorinda area. Someone
with knowledge on products as well. I have been to Changes
Salon once (probably two years ago) to have a facial and it was
terrible. I've looked on the website and didn't see any in the
Iga Paczocha 925 376-5664 -- Iga is amazing and has done
wonderful things with my skin. Her salon is in a funny little
office building in Moraga, but don't let that fool you. She is
very serious about skin care and I have seen true results after
seeing her and using her recommended products.
I am not particularily an expert on facials, but I just
finished up 3 mini-facials that was a promotional deal with
Marika Stokes of Skinsense in Lafayette. I thought her facials
were wonderful. Her office is small and in a hard to find
location, so I think she offers a very reasonable price - $70
for a facial (that I assume is 1 hour). She also offers a full
range of waxing services. Her touch is very gentle, and the
environment relaxing. Her number is 925-283-SKIN.
I would recommend Le Jardin Day Spa in Pleasent Hill for facials,
hair cuts and coloring. I was very happy with the facialist there
but I didn't ask about products. Their # is (925) 935-4247.
In the archives, there are a couple of rave reviews for Nadine
Farsi @ Elixir as a facialist. But she no longer works at
Elixir. Does anyone know her contact info?
Nadine is an amazing facialist and will work with you to improve
your skin. I have been seeing her for a few years. You can reach
her at 465-5134.
I get facials by Nadine Farsi who used to work out of Elixir on
Monterey and Hopkins. I heard she no longer works at the salon.
Does anybody know how to contact her?
nadine farsi is doing facials at her location, a clinical office
at 2006 dwight way in berkeley. her telephone numbers are
510.465.5134 and 510.318.1811. she's the BEST!
Just moved to the East Bay, and I'm looking for a really good
and reasonable facialist. I'm not talking about a fancy ''fru-
fru'' type, but a clinical facial with the extractions and all!
My skin usually looks best when I go every other month, so I'd
like to spend $60-70 at the most.
The very best facialist, hands down, is Nadine Farsi. She's
relocated to offices on/around Dwight and can be reached at (510)
465-5134. Her facials are in the $80-$90 range. She is very busy
but worth the wait. Her facials are thorough and exquisite. Her
products are top-notch and affordable. And after years of seeing
various dermatologists for skin weirdnesses, she is the one who
''cured'' me once and for all.
I highly highly recommend Face Magic (510) 526-3223 on Pamona
off of Solano Ave. My whole family been well taken care of by
Lynne (the owner) and her talented staff over the years. These
days I see Amina who I adore and am thrilled to recommend.
I really like Chez Asthete in Berkeley, corner of College and
Alcatraz. Great little place, offers clinical and skin care
services. One woman operation, reasonably priced. (510)654-
I highly recommend Marywynn at Festoon Salon in Berkeley (tel.
524-2953). They have just changed the pricing structure though
so am not sure if it will suit re cost. The basic facial -
called monthly maintenance - is now $70. Marywynn does an
excellent job, listens well, and works to come up with a regimen
that suits your skin. Of course, it helps to buy the good skin
products, so that's another cost, but you can ask her for
I have a wonderful Aesthetician I recommend highly, her name is Amy Romano
at Natural Expressions, in the Montclair village district of Oakland, a cute
village just off highway 13, in the Oakland hills.
I can recommend an aesthetician: Giorgia Neidorf. She has her office in her home
and is warm and professional. She charges $75 for an 1 1/2 hour facial
with extractions. Her email is
giojoe1 AT comcast.net. Phone is 510-558-9719
I would definatly reccomend Francesca Cavanaugh at Elixir in
Berkeley. She has the most relaxing gentle touch. She doesnt
work often but is absolutly worth the wait.
Shelley Rosenfeld at Conscious Skin and Body Care offeres a great facial. She's a
licensed esthetican and certified message therapist. In her treatments, she provides
a nurturing, peaceful experience where her clients can enjoy the ultimate in
relaxation. Her therapequtic treatments focus on restoring you to your optimum
skin health. A detailed skin consultation precedes each treatment.
So depending on your time--she provides a 30 minute express skin care treatment
or a 60 minute aromatherapy skin care or a 75 minute Facial for the Soul (with La
Stone Therapy) or go for the 2 hour Ultimate Combo!
Shelley's phone is 551-8834
2515 Santa Clara Ave #103
Alameda, Ca 94501
I want to recommend Roberta at the Berkeley Facial Studio
located at 746 Gilman at 4th Street, Berkeley, Telephone No.
525-8933. Roberta is very good and thorough in her work.
As well as a great facial (with extractions), she includes a
mini hand and neck massage. Her prices are great: $47.00
for a facial, $10.00 for an eyebrow wax. If you pay up
front for a series of five for any of her services, you get
the 5th one free. She also offers hair removal of every
place but your head and tints brows and lashes - all at very
reasonable prices. Try her out. I've been going to her for
several years and find her personality and flexibility in
scheduling appointments a breath of fresh air.
I think Erica Bunnin at Elixir is a wonderful facialist.I just
had a facial with her the other day and fell asleep!She is very
gentle and gives a foot massage,hand massage, scalp massage AND
a neck and shoulder rub!This was way more like a spa treatment
then just a facial. thumbes up to Erica!
Hi - I realize there are lots of current and past
recommendations regarding great estheticians, but I haven't
seen any recommendations for facials using Epicuren products.
Does anyone have any recommendations for someone who uses that
line? Thanks in advance!
I have been using the Epicuren products for more than 2 years
now, and I have been going to Beate Comment for the Epicuren
facials. Her SPA is located in downtown SF at 450 Sutter St.,
Suite 2342. Her phone is 415-393-1490. Beate is very
knowlegable to the Epicuren products, and she is a wonderful
I've looked through the archives but was wondering if someone
could give me a more current recommendation for where I could
get a great facial in Berkeley/Albany/Oakland. Dr. Hauschka
products would be a huge plus. Also, I'd like to try and keep
it under $100. Thanks!
Shelley Rosenfeld of Conscious Skin and Body Care gives a wonderful facial and is a
calming presence. She's got a lot of skin care ideas too. Her phone is 551-8834
I would highly recommend a facial with Soizic Ausmus- by far the best I have ever
had. She's French-trained and her European-style treatments are designed for your
skin type and any special needs you would like to address. She use Yon-ka skincare
products which are incredible! She has a website: http://www.beautenature.biz/.
Her office/salon is located in the Emeryville Health and Wellness Center at 1240
Powell. A facial will run you around $80+ but she gives a discount for first time
My 20th year reunion is coming up next June and I want to look
less weathered than I already am(I'm 38 yrs old). I'm interested
in fading the sun spots and large freckles on my face. Has
anyone had experience with a facial that uses light and if so,
could you recommend a doctor? Thank you!
tired of sun spots
This is not exactly what you asked for, but in case you are open
to other options I would highly recommend topical bleaching
cream for sunspots! I had HUGE brown spots on both cheeks,
thanks to many years of lifeguarding and sunworshipping, and
they were literally gone in 2 weeks! I used a combination of
retin-A cream about every other night, and the bleaching cream
(prescription--I think it was called Eldoquin Forte). My skin
looked great--younger, clearer, just all around better--and NO
sun spots! I had to stop using them when I got pregnant and
have not gone back to them since, though I need to for wrinkle
control--but still no sun spots! Of course I now wear sunscreen
every day. But be aware that these creams make you more sun-
sensitive, so you have to do your best to stay out of the sun
and be religious about sunscreen--the first few times I slipped
up and got lazy about it I could see the sun spots starting to
reappear. Believe me, that was all I needed to see to convince
me to stick with the sunscreen, and my sunbathing days are long
gone! Ask your dermatologist--I saw Greta Clarke in Berkeley
and she was great--except that she will not send in the
insurance claims for you.
I am looking for a good beautician that can remove deep ''white
heads'' (need to work with a needle).
Anyone has a recommendation?
What is the common range of prices for such a treatment?
I would reccomend Nadine Farsi at Elixir Salon. She is
undoubtedly the best in town, and well worth the two or three
month initial wait (once you are on a regular schedule with
Nadine, you can book your next appointment at the end of your
last). As a hairstylist who has worked in many salons I have
experienced many different kinds of facial. Nadine is very
serious in her on-going study of the skin, is incredibly
knowledgeable, and I have never sent a client to her who has
not been amazed by her. She is very thorough. The facial
lasts one and one-half hours. Even though her extractions are
so thorough there is no pain and your skin will not be red or
disturbed after the facial. She also has also incorporated
head and foot massage into her facial. Sublime! Her price is
eighty five dollars per treatment, which seemed like an
indulgence to me when I started to see her (for hyper-
pigmentation due to pregnancy and adult acne) but I now feel
that is a small price to pay for the results (and relaxation)I
I would recommend the staff at Elixir Salon on Hopkins Street
in North Berkeley. It is a charming and intimate space and
everyone there is expert, tasteful and friendly. Nadine Farsi
is an exceptional facialist at Elixir and is well worth the
initial wait. The number is 510 526-1700.
Would appreciate any suggestions about a place/person to get a
great facial. I reviewed the previous recommendations but they
are a bit dated. I would also appreciate approx price if you
happen to know. Thanks!
I would highly recommend Florence Krasnick at the Skin Care
Salon, 5273 College Ave.(at Broadway) in Oakland. She helped
clear up my skin in a way nothing ever has. She is very
experienced and can tackle difficult skin care problems. She is
also a very nice person. The facials seem very reasonable, they
range from $55 to $75 depending on the treatment. She also does
lash and brow tints, manicures and pedicures, and waxing. She is
great at those delicate bikini line waxes. I have been very
pleased with the products she recommends for my skin as well.
Face Magic on Pomona just off of Solano ave in Albany is a great
place for facials. The person I've seen there is Manuel. I
believe he is the owner though I think there are a few other
people who do facials there too. He is kind, gentle,
knowledgable and really wonderful. I treated myself to a facial
and hot stone massage for my 50th bd in January and it was
heavenly. I've been there a few times and always see him.
It takes maybe an hour or more...you can get different things
done...eyebrow waxing, foot or shoulder massage, different kinds
of masks, etc.
Prices seem to vary from around $80.00 and up. Have fun.
I highly recommend Carina (Skin Care by Carina). Her phone
number is 336-1402.
She is located at 5014 Woodminster Lane. This is a little area
near Montclair - close to Joaquim Miller Rd. She does a GREAT
job and is priced btw 50 and 60 dollars It is worth it as she
is thorough - plan to be there a hour+.
You can mention my name if you call her.
I highly recommend Celeste Lott. She's at the Amethyst Salon in
Alameda. Her direct # is (510) 366-1514. She does a wonderful
facial and also has other services available (waxing, massage,
etc.). Even if you're not in Alameda (I'm not), she's worth the
trip! Very reasonable rates, too.
See Chris (female) at Changes Salon in Walnut Creek. She knows
her stuff and made me look gorgeous right before my wedding. My
skin glowed for a week after her treatment. I have many friends
who see her and all agree that she is the best. I think I paid
80-bucks for a facial. You can check out their website though
for exact pricing.
Two good options for facials:
White Rose Skin Care on College at Claremont Ave. Both
facialists there are terrific.
Natural Expressions in Montclair has a very good facialist.
both are good bets, and close by. i can't remember the exact
price for either, but i think they run about $65-75.
I've been getting great facials from a woman named Inca. She
used to be at a salon on College Ave. in Berkeley, but recently
opened her own salon in El Cerrito. It's called Escape, 234-
I want to highly recommend Diane Leslie for facials. What
you will get is not an ordinary facial. She uses Dr.
Hauschka's products, which are just about the most pure
and best products there are for your skin. The experience is
a total heaven for your senses. Each cream and lotion has
its own distinct and delicious fragrance. Diane is also a
certified massage therapist, which you can feel in her
sensitive touch. The session is about 2 hours and cost is
$125. Diane can be reached at 510 220-2130.
I found an amazing, inexpensive, clean place for facials and
waxing- Annahita, at the corner of Adeline and Ashby near the
BART station. The woman who runs it is wonderful. 666-0600.
Has anyone had any experience with Dr. N.V. Perricone (author of ''The
Wrinkle Cure'') products?
My sister is an aesthetician back east and highly recommends
these products. I use them as does one of my sisters-in-law
and each of us has received compliments on our skin since
we started using them.
I looked on the web site but all the info was from 1999 so I thought I would
post the question again looking for a great facial (East bay or SF) and
ideally someone who can diagnose my current breakout situation and help me
with a line of skin care products. Ideally this person would use natural
products that are reasonably priced. Anyone know such a person? Thanks!
I've tried all the salons in the North Berkeley area and I think the very best by far is Face and Body Magic on Solano, west of San Pablo Ave. Lynn Williams is the owner and you should go to see her. She has her own line of organic, but affordable, skin care products. And she knows lots of great secrets for keeping your skin nice. I've had awful acne all my life, due to a hormone disorder called PCOS, and since going to her my skin has been fine!
If you're looking for someone to assist you with your
skin, I go to Cat Murphy's Skin Care Salon in
Sausalito. She's on Bridgeway which is the main
street. She's very nice and professional and enjoys
what she does. She also stays current on the new
developments in skin care. At the first visit, you
fill out a questionnaire and then she consults with
you to find out what your skin care goals are. She
also has a new location in Sonoma. I've been going to
her for over 5 years and she's done wonders for my
skin. She has two facial rooms and when she's doing
the facial, the surrounding is very tranquil. She
plays that soft ocean music so you have no choice but
to fall asleep. I've been very pleased with her and
my skin. She sells skin care products and she has her
own skin care line that she also sells. In terms of
her prices, once you check out her website, which
lists the products she sells and their prices, you can
determine if the prices are what you're looking for.
(If she asks who recommended her, tell her Cheryl
Davis. Unfortunately, I won't get a discount.) Her
website is www.catmurphy.com. Good Luck.
Aveda has a salon behind the Elmwood Theater with some fabulous products.
Despite their expense, i am still using the face cream as it gives such good
results. At one time I got a wonderful deal through some mail coupons: a full
body massage plus a facial. Even at full price, though, i was very impressed
with their professionalism.
I've been going to Deborah Ferrari for many years for excellent facials. I
began seeing her when she owned her own shop in Montclair and I've folllowed
her to Danville since I've never found anyone better. She now works at
Jero'l located at 300 Hartz Ave. in Danville, which only takes about 30
minutes from Oakland. The phone number is 925-820-6099. Please tell her I
I go to an absolutely wonderful woman in Berkeley at 2006 Dwight way at
Milvia. "Face Value" is not a salon, it is in a suite with very pleasant and
private rooms. Diane (the owner) uses these fantastic products from Australia
that are 100% natural ingredients, and she will take exquisite care of your
skin. She also gives you a good neck and shoulder massage during the facial.
I have been going to her for over 10 years. The only negative thing is that
she is so popular that you have to wait a few weeks for an appointment
sometimes. I hope you will try her, she's the best. Her number is 841-7546.
facialist (esthetician) and skin care recommendation:
I recommend Giorgia Neidorfin North Berkeley. She has a peaceful home
office with all the necessary accoutrements and equiptment. Her facials
feel luxurious and she's resonably priced. She does sell a line of natural
skin product. Her phone # is 510/558-9719
I just had the most wonderful facial from an esthetician named Marion Henderson who is at Cinta Salon in the city on Grant, near Market--easy to get to on BART. The facial lasted well over an hour, included back massage and several phases of facial cleansing and treatments. I still notice the effects of cleaner, clearer skin 10 days later. I don't know about the products, which are Declore (?) a French line, as she did not press me to buy anything, also a welcome change from some facials I've had. They are all natural, and aromatherapy oriented I think. The best things about it were her thoroughness and her skill at giving the facial. The price is around $80.
I highly recommend Diane Euser at Face Value in Berkeley. (European Aromatherapy Skincare). My husband and I have been going to her for several years and are very pleased with both her service and the line of products that she carries. She is located at 2006 Dwight Way and her number is 841-7546. She's quite popular so it's sometimes difficult getting an appointment. But it's worth the wait!
Roberta at Berkeley Facials on Gilman and 4th does very good facials at
reasonalbe prices - 510 525-8933
Shelly at Alexander Pope on College Ave in Rockridge does great facials, is
very well educated about skin care and is pretty reasonably priced.
I love Trisha Rissman 526-1700 X 3. Have gone to her for years. She
has a new, beautiful salon on Hopkins Street across from Magnani and
Try "About Face and Body" on Alcatraz near College. -- Desiree
Isabelle Girard Salon in Montclair -- 339-6615; she is one of the best at
skin, waxing, beauty in general, in the East Bay. Mary
Vine street Salon in Berkeley is fantastic. Nadine is really wonderful with
brows and facials. She charges $50 for a 2hr facial treatment. Brows I
think are $12. It is not easy to get onto her schedule. You may have to
wait a few weeks but it is well worth the wait. Good luck.
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