Why should I see an aesthetician for my acne treatments?
At Acne Care, your aesthetician is a certified acne specialist. She has furthured her education through Face Reality's Acne Clinic training specifically developed for acne prone skin. As a certified acne specialist Grace offers a safe ,effective and realiable skin care line and method to her community. Here is how treating your acne is does differently than traditional methods:
1. You will be given a strict home care and treatment plan and follow up to make sure they understand what is expected of them.
2. Each client is educated on lifestyle issues, drugs/medications, and comedogenic ingredients that can exacerbate acne.
3. You will be assigned a home care regimen according to type, severity of acne and skin tolerance.
4. Your home care regimen will consist of formulations with potent active ingredients coupled with the systematic use of benzoyl peroxide, starting slowly so the skin won’t get so irritated in the beginning and get more aggressive with use as the skin adapts.
5. You will be personally coached on the next steps in your home care. During the appointment, your acne specialist will adjust the frequency of usage of each clients home care products, not allowing the skin to adapt to any regimen.
Successfully treating acne is licensed aesthetician Grace Holsted's mission!
What are the Best Acne Products?|
What makes acne products effective?
In order to get rid of acne, they need to:
Penetrate the inside of the pore – stopping acne where it starts.
Help to keep the pore clear of dead skin cells.
Kill bacteria inside the pore.
Be noncomedogenic (non pore-clogging) so as to not make your acne worse. Acne Care has found acne products that include mandelic acid, vitamin a propionate or benzoyl peroxide are the best ones. But, it’s not enough to find and use products with these ingredients. You must also be sure that products with these ingredients are formulated properly so they penetrate the pore.
And, it is essential to know what ingredient is good for what type of acne you have; and how to use the products correctly. Even the best skin care products or even the best acne products won’t clear your skin if they are not used in the right way. This is where we are different from other acne systems – we believe in coaching you in the right way to use products. We want you to succeed in getting and keeping clear skin!
By the time my clients come to see me, most of them have tried myriads of products. The acne products range from prescription products like retinoids, antibiotics and accutane to the over-the-counter acne remedies. While many of these products have some of what it takes to get your skin clear, why do they usually fail so miserably in getting it done? Even some of the top acne products can let you down. Let’s look at why this happens.
For one, some of them actually have pore-clogging ingredients in them like the cream form of Retin-A, a product that should never be given to an acne patient. Isopropyl myristate is one of the worst offenders as a comedogenic (pore-clogging ingredient) and should never be given as a prescribed acne medication. It is used in Liquid Wrench – it’s what gives product such great penetration. That’s fine if you are looking for aging skin care products for skin rejuvenation; disastrous if you are fighting acne! Actually, some of the best acne medications are over-the-counter products – no need for a doctor’s prescription.
INGREDIENTS for RETIN A
Name (Active Moiety) Type Strength
Tretinoin (Tretinoin) Active 0.25 MILLIGRAM In 1 GRAM
stearic acid Inactive
isopropyl myristate Inactive
polyoxyl 40 stearate Inactive
stearyl alcohol Inactive
xanthan gum Inactive
sorbic acid Inactive
butylated hydroxytoluene Inactive
Many organic and “natural” skin care lines have pore-clogging ingredients in them like cocoa butter and coconut oil. Yes, they may be organic, but they will still clog your pores and give you acne. Maybe you could call that organic acne? Something tells me you still don’t want it… Many professional skin care products can have comedogenic ingredients; and even if it says “won’t clog pores” or “noncomedogenic” on the label, DO NOT BELIEVE IT! Check for yourself – there’s no government agency that oversees this. Skin care companies can say whatever they want without retribution.
Secondly, it usually takes a combination of the right products to affect acne. Just a retinoid by itself or a serum with salicylic in it is never quite enough for most people. And, different ingredients in acne products are used for different kinds of acne. While some companies are attempting to customize regimens to account for this, most of the time the products are just not strong enough to get the job done. Nor do the companies take adaptation of the skin into account.
Have you ever had the experience of products that work for awhile and then seem to stop working? That’s adaptation of the skin – quite simply, the skin gets used to the product and stops responding. We believe it is important to change the frequency of use of products to affect a change in the skin. Sometimes it takes adding another ingredient into your regimen to keep pushing it to clear. We have years of experience in knowing what the next step is for your skin to clear.
So as you can see, it’s not just about the “best acne products“, or organic skin care products, you need the right products used in the right way to get rid of acne. Let us guide you towards that end.
*Content is courtesy of Face Reality Acne Clinic.*
- Chemical peel: An exfoliation process, very effective in treating a large range of skin concerns such as aging, sun damage, acne, mild scarring, improving overall skin brightness and evening skin tone. Peels can be light, moderate or deep. Light peels require no down time from work or normal activities. Moderate peels may require a day or two of down time, and deep peels can require a week or more to allow the skin to fully heal. Deep peels are performed by a physican, or under a physician’s supervision, for your safety. All of Acne Care's peels are self neautralizing with little to no skin irritations.If the clients skin is dehydrated or dry a gentler from of exfoliation called enzyme peels are administered.This will rehydrate the skin and allow the home care regimen to be more effective.
- Extraction: This is the process of deep cleansing the pores, either manually (using gloved hands and cotton or tissue around the fingers, with gentle pressure to remove the impacted pore) or using a metal extraction implement designed to clear blocked pores. This can also include the use of a lancet (a small sharp blade to lift the dead cells of the skin prior to extraction). This process, although not very enjoyable, is key to conatining your acne and cleaning out the pores.
- Facial: A facial massasge is the most relaxing service offererd! A facial generally includes makeup removal and skin cleansing, exfoliation by mechanical, enzymatic or chemical means, steaming, extractions, facial massage, a treatment mask, serum/moisturizer and sunblock. For most people, facials can be scheduled every four weeks, although your therapist may recommend a different schedule based on your individual needs. If through the process of clearing your skin you are feeling the stressors of this frustrating condition, come relax and escape while you pamper yourself.
Visiting an aesthetician
It is always a good idea to schedule a consultation appointment prior to your first treatment, especially if you are new to esthetic treatments. This gives you and your therapist a chance to discuss your goals and expectations for the first visit, and long term goals for the future. During a consultation, your therapist will go over an extensive intake form, and most likely do a cleansing of the skin followed by a detailed skin analysis. This will give your therapist the information she needs to create an individualized treatment plan, both for a series of professional treatments and recommendations for products you can use at home. Acne treaments should never be a one size fits all approach. What works for one client might not work for the next.There is much to consider and in your first consulation you wil be educated on many factors that might be causing your breakouts and your skin will be tested for skin sensitivities.
What about home care?
Much of the success of maintaining a visible improvement after treatment depends on consistent, correct home care. Your aesthetician is trained to select the products that will most benefit your skin, and to advise you on how to maintain your professional results between visits. Like medical or dental care, following the right daily regimen at home is essential if you are to get the most out of your visits to a professional.
Your skin care treatments should be provided by a properly trained professional. Don’t hesitate to ask your skin care therapist about her background, training, and experience—especially as it relates to the treatment you are considering. Your therapist is a professional member of Associated Skin Care Professionals. Our members have been validated as meeting their state’s licensing credentials and/or core training requirements, and agree to follow a code of ethics which ensures you’ll be treated responsibly and with the utmost respect. ASCP also provides its members with comprehensive resources that allow them to keep up with changing trends, making certain you’ll receive the most up-to-date therapies available.