Welcome back! In our last post, we looked at what causes acne. In the following post, we are going to look at ways to combat acne.
Overcoming acne really does take a two-pronged approach. It’s important to daily deposit blemish-fighting ingredients into the skin and having monthly professional skin care treatments. I find that using gentle exfoliating acids like salicylic and lactic are great because they aren’t too aggressive or harsh on the skin. Another common acid used to fight acne is retinol, which can be especially helpful to sap up extra oil on the skin and resurface skin texture.
It’s super important to apply anti-acne products to the skin daily, because anyone who has a predisposition to acne will unfortunately always have to fight it. It’s not as if you can have one facial and that will solve all your problems! Clear skin takes a daily commitment in order to keep it in the best state possible. I like to recommend the following for a daily homecare routine to most of my acne clients: an exfoliating cleanser, blemish fighting serum, a concentrated mask to be used a few times a week, and a lightweight moisturizer. Those with excessive oil production may also find it helpful to use an exfoliating astringent to cut down on shine and bacteria.
It’s a common thought for oily skin types to think that they need to get every single trace of oil off their face, but having a good oil/water balance on the skin is essential to keeping acne at bay. The problem with stripping too much oil off the skin is that it can cause the body to actually over-produce oil (AKA sebum) and cause more bacteria to grow. A lightweight moisturizer (preferably one that already has a solid SPF in it) is the best way to keep the skin protected in the midst of all the exfoliation occurring in your skincare routine. The job of any moisturizer is to also lock in everything else you have applied to the skin prior. A good moisturizer should also be sealing in hydration into the skin to help prevent TEWL (trans-epidermal water loss). No matter what, never skip your moisturizer!
Professional skincare treatments
Your esthetician will be able to tailor professional skin care treatments that make the most sense for you, as well. For example, many clients that experience acne also notice a rise in dark spots on their skin known as hyper-pigmentation. After we put a stop to the cycle of acne, we can then focus on brightening treatments to help lift that pigment so the skin can have an even tone. Some clients may also experience pitted skin or acne scars that can be left behind if their grade of acne is more severe. We can also help to build collagen in the skin and smooth out the texture and appearance of acne scars. You see, your professional treatments with your skin care therapist can work to fix a multitude of issues simultaneously. Acne can be a tough nut to crack, but the right formula and regimen can produce lasting and happy results.
I love being able to share knowledge with others to help them understand how to bring out the very best in themselves and their skin. It’s one of the best parts of being in this beauty industry. Stay tuned for helpful tips on ingredients and healthy habits to prevent breakouts and promote healthy and clear skin!
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