ACNE TREATMENT PROGRAM
Acne is one of the most common skin conditions, and it is not just limited to teenagers. In fact, it impacts all ages, races, and genders. Acne is defined as a skin disease that occurs as a result of inflamed or infected sebaceous glands in the skin – when the follicles, dead skin cells and sebum get trapped in pores and become infected with bacteria.
Since acne is related to the overproduction of sebaceous gland lipids, and the severity of acne correlates to the amount of sebum that is excreted and obstructed, it is key to prevent the build-up and thus the formation of micro comedones.
Treating acne conditions requires a delicate balance of breaking the skin down, clearing clogged pores, reducing bacteria, as well as nourishing, hydrating and healing the skin to prevent future breakouts and scarring.
CLEAR SKIN ACNE PROGRAM
During the initial consultation, we will go over your acne history and classify your acne type and your skin type in order to customize your treatment plan. We will take “before” photos, go over diet and lifestyle guidelines, recommended supplements, and much much more. You will also be purchasing your Initial Homecare Regimen and going home with a clear game plan to get started! Each acne client requires a different combination of products to start, but commonly the total of all the initial homecare products comes to $225 or less.
Two Week Check-Ins
At each two-week mark, I will check in with you regarding progress. It as an in-office visit with a treatment, where I will do an enzyme or peel and full extractions and LED Light treatment for acne $150). I will take progress photos.
The entire program will last different amounts of time for each client. On average if you choose to receive in-office treatments every two weeks, plus are diligent with your home care routine, supplements, and lifestyle recommendations, the average client will reach clear skin in twelve weeks.
COMMON ACNE TRIGGERS
Hormones – oil production is regulated heavily by hormones, specifically testosterone, which stimulates the development of sebaceous follicles and attached oil glands. This explains why acne is most common during puberty, pregnancy, menstrual cycles and menopause.
Stress – stress is one of the top triggers of acne as it stimulates the adrenal glands to produce more cortisol, which can cause excess sebum and inflammation. Acne flare-ups can occur anywhere from 14 days to one month after the stress response.
Medication – the hormones (adrenals) may be affected by some medications and drug use and can spur on blemishes.
Nutrition – alcohol, caffeine, and foods with iodides (salt, processed and fast foods, MSG, dairy in excess) can trigger existing acne.
Face cleansing – when the oil builds up on the skin, bacteria will form, which creates blemishes. Sleeping in makeup, along with exposure to debris from the day, sets up a perfect opportunity for more bacteria.
Skin irritants – detergents, fabric softeners, certain shampoos and conditioners, and fragrances or dyes can irritate existing acne conditions.
Picking – improper squeezing, picking, and inept extractions may rupture the follicle wall, causing bacteria to spread. It may also lead to deeper impaction and scarring. Educate clients about icing as a way to reduce inflammation as soon as they feel the pressure of a lesion. In the treatment room and at home, icing can be very valuable.
Drying – overuse of certain drying skincare products may cause the skin to overproduce sebum.
TYPES OF ACNE
There are different types of acne, each stemming from different root causes and requiring a different treatment approach.
The primary types include:
Acne vulgaris – the most common type primarily among adolescents. It is characterized by comedones, papules, pustules, nodules, cysts, and sequelae – such as pitted or hypertrophic scars. Acne vulgaris is caused by Propionibacterium acnes, also known as p. acnes (bacteria). This usually involves a more in-depth acne program that includes professional treatments, an at-home system, and lifestyle changes.
Acne cosmetica – acne caused or stimulated by cosmetics. These are usually non-inflammatory indicated by small, slightly raised red lesions, whiteheads, and occasional pustules. This is not as common today with the improvement of cosmetics and labeling such as “non-comedogenic,” but it is important to know every product your client is using to rule this out. This can usually be corrected by eliminating the acne-producing cosmetic and replacing it with a home regimen focused on cleanse, correct, rebuild.
Acne mechanica – acne that forms as a result of friction and constant pressure, or repetitive physical trauma to the skin such as rubbing from hats or other materials, phones, sunglasses, and so on. Correct with professional enzyme treatments and a home-care regimen that includes blemish serum for spot treating.
Acne rosacea – this primarily impacts adults and is more predominant in women than men. It is characterized by erythema with telangiectasia. Lesions tend to follow the blood vessel dilation with papules and pustules forming in the center of the face, cheeks, and chin. They are typically large and painful. Acne rosacea is genetic, chronic and progressive. Eliminate irritants such as excessive spicy foods, caffeine, tobacco, alcohol, and saunas, and stress. Professional peel treatments will also be one of the best supports.