Your medical esthetician can provide the best guidance on caring for your skin between treatments. Generally, this will involve keeping your skin clean and avoiding picking at your blemishes—the single biggest cause of scarring. It’s very important you follow instructions given to you by your medical esthetician. Untreated or undertreated acne can lead to continuing, worsening outbreaks and scarring. Your medical esthetician will be in close contact with you to be sure your products are working effectively for you. As your treatment progresses, your medical esthetician may change your home care routine to fit your changing skin’s needs.
What should I expect from my acne treatment?
You should expect regularly scheduled treatments. Your treatment program may begin with an acne facial. This may include deep cleansing and extractions (clearing blocked pores), special exfoliation that will not increase inflammation or spread bacteria, a balancing/calming mask, anti-bacterial and balancing products, or some combination of these. The goal is to deeply cleanse follicles and disinfect them, clearing away oil, bacteria, and dead skin cells.
Your medical esthetician may also recommend a series of chemical peels. Once the active acne is cleared, microneedling will assist in minimizing the appearance of scarring and diminishing residual darkening of the skin (hyperpigmentation).
Visiting your medical esthetician for acne solutions
Be ready to fill out a medical questionnaire and describe what medications and skin care products you are using. You are also welcome and encouraged to bring in their current skin care products, hair care products and make up to see if they might be causing problems for their skin. Your medical esthetician will do an analysis of your skin, look for any interactions between products and medications, and devise a treatment plan that is suitable for your unique needs. Keep in mind that tangible results require a commitment on your behalf to follow a prescribed home care and professional treatment program. This often involves a series of professional treatments. It takes time to balance the skin and treat acne. Though results may not happen overnight, you are on the path to reclaiming your beautiful, clear skin!
Who can benefit from acne treatment?
Anyone who has acne can benefit from treatment. Acne sufferers often state their quality of life and self-esteem improves dramatically once their acne is alleviated. If you are seeking a certified medical esthetician’s care, chances are you’ve already tried over-the-counter preparations with disappointing results.
Depending on the grade of your acne, your medical esthetician will go over the treatment options that would be the most successful for you. If you have Grade 4 acne, your medical esthetician may refer you to a dermatologist who can treat it medically. Once your acne is under control and improving, your medical esthetician can suggest treatments that will assist you in accelerating the healing process, relieving pigmentation which often accompanies acne.
How often will I need to come for treatments?
In the beginning, I recommend every two weeks to keep progress moving forward. This also gives me a chance to see your skin in person to determine the next move in our home care strategy. This usually lasts for the first 3 months then monthly after that as needed for maintenance.
Why can’t I just use my current skin care products?
A lot of the time the skin care products you are currently using are making your condition worse. If you have a product that you absolutely love AND there are no pore cloggers in it (we have to check and make sure) then you are welcome to continue using it, but only after it has been cleared for use by us. I promise, once you see our products in action you won’t miss your old products.
What causes acne? How can skin care treatments help?
Acne is the most common skin disorder, and 85 percent of all North Americans will experience it some time in their lifetime. While commonly thought to be an adolescent problem, it can appear at any age, most often on the face, back, and chest.
The causes of acne are complex, but usually involve the overproduction of oil, the blockage of follicles that release the oil, and the growth of bacteria in those follicles. This can be triggered by many things, including a change in medications or a change in hormone levels caused by stress or other factors. It’s important to treat acne early to avoid scarring.
There are 4 grades of acne. Grade 1 is the mildest form, with open and closed comedones (whiteheads and blackheads). Grades 2 and 3 include papules and pustules as well. Grade 4 is the most advanced form, with all the above plus the appearance of cysts or nodules beneath the skin surface, that can be dime size or larger and often require medical attention to treat. Acne is not only painful but can be very emotionally and psychologically challenging as well.
Why do I have acne?
Acne is a condition inherited from your parents. It is an issue of the skin cells that line the pore shedding to quickly for the body to get rid of them. As the skin cells build up deep in the pore mixing with oil they form a plug that turns into a pimple over time. Sometimes it’s just a black or whitehead (non-inflamed). Sometimes, it’s a pustule or cyst (inflamed). Other times it could be both. Either way, it is genetically determined whether your pores will function properly. If you are one of the unlucky ones whose pores don’t behave consider yourself lucky you found us. We can get you clear!
What is an acne treatment?
An acne treatment is a facial that focuses on extractions. Products used during the facial should be made for acne prone skin. I will cleanse, tone and treat the skin (enzyme or mild peel), then do extractions, tone again and protect with sunblock. The treatment will last approximately one hour.