What is Acne?

Acne is the most common skin disorder and 85 percent of all 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, in the form of pimples, whiteheads, or blackheads. More advanced acne appears as cysts or nodules that are nested more deeply in the skin. The true cause is 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 a change in medications or hormone levels. It’s important to treat acne early to avoid scarring.

Who Can Benefit From Acne Treatment? Anyone who has acne can benefit from treatment. If you are seeking a licensed esthetician’s care, chances are you’ve already tried over-the-counter preparations with disappointing results. If your acne is severe, where lesions are deep and bacteria is flourishing out of control, your licensed esthetician may refer you to a dermatologist who can prescribe medication. People often use this as a last resort since the applicable medications have side effects.

What Should I Expect From My Acne Treatment? You should expect regular treatments whose goal is to provide deep cleansing, perhaps through exfoliation, a mask, a facial, phototherapy, galvanic treatment, or some combination of these. The goal is to deeply cleanse follicles and disinfect them, clearing away oil, bacteria, and dead skin cells.

 What About Home Care? Your esthetician can provide the best guidance on caring for your skin after treatment. 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 esthetician, especially since untreated or undertreated acne can lead to continuing and worsening outbreaks and scarring.