When you are about to start to give someone a Luxury Facial Massage, it is important to keep watch out for possible skin conditions that would make the whole experience less enjoyable, both for you and your recipient.
Always be on the lookout for large blemishes, sores, rash or discolouration of skin-tone of these areas. Touching or rubbing the affected areas could [and probably would] cause discomfort to your recipient or you could spread the disease to other areas or to yourself if not careful!
Herpes Simplex type 1 or cold sores around the lips is caused by a virus that is transmitted in the air. There is not very much anyone can do to prevent the spread of this disease. Once caught the virus never disappears from the body but rather goes “dormant”. Fortunately it is fairly harmless and will only cause some discomfort.
Tinea aka Ringworm is a fungal infection that is very contagious. In fact one doesn’t necessarily need to come in direct contact with another host to become infected. Just being in close proximity would be enough because the disease is transmitted via minute spores. It is very rare for this fungus to develop on the face but technically still possible. Once infected, you should see a doctor immediately to prevent its spread, it will not go away on its own.
Herpes Zoster virus aka Shingles or Chickenpox is another very contagious virus that can make its host very ill. The small, numerous sores that this disease commonly causes is actually a sign of the later phase of the disease when the patient is starting to recover, however the disease is very contagious during this phase. In fairness, it is unlikely that you would come in close contact with someone who has Chickenpox because they would most probably be bed-ridden. Shingles is a recurrence of Chickenpox but in a milder form. A masseuse should still be very careful because if he/she has never had Chickenpox, then they could get infected with it from someone who has Shingles!
Herpes Zoster could also cause viral conjunctivitis by touching or scratching the sores and then rubbing the area around the eyes.
Impetigo is yet another highly contagious skin condition that occurs after an upper respiratory infection. This will cause oozing sores that eventually become crusty.
Scabies is caused by very small mites called Sarcoptes Scabiei which leave blistery bumps after biting their host. These mites will transfer themselves to you and/or another recipient if you come in direct contact with them.
The best advice is to simply avoid infected areas because [at the very least] as a masseuse you could cause your recipient discomfort or help spread very undesirable skin conditions or diseases, which is exactly the opposite of what the Facial Massage is intended to achieve.
Use impeccable hygiene practices e.g. always wash your hands and arms thoroughly before and after you give a massage and avoid contact with any suspicious areas of your recipient.
Definitely mention anything suspicious immediately to your recipient. After all they are your family or friends so surely you would want to help them get treatment and prevent further transmission?
Following these simple habits should ensure that you will always provide a truly memorable Luxury Facial Massage.