Acne Skin Care Series Tip 4 - Treating Acne
We are so excited to talk to you about our newest educational series at The M Factor Corrective Skincare that is going to be centered around the topic of Acne. We love working with acne clients and helping them understand and treat their acne skin problems.
Acne Topics We Will Be Covering Over The Next Few Months:
Understanding what Acne is
The different types of Acne
What causes Acne
Acne isn’t just for teens. You can still get acne well into your 30s, 40s, and beyond. In fact, 15% of adult women have acne. Just like when you were younger, causes include hormones, stress, and pores clogged by oil, skin cells, and bacteria.
The big question, how do you treat acne? Again, like understanding acne breakouts, there are many different ways to treat acne and because our skin will react and respond differently to different treatments it is our recommendation that you do a complete skin analysis / intake with a licensed esthetician or dermatologist to understand your needs and what the right skin care routine will be for you.
Different options available for acne skin care regimes:
Comedone Extractor – a small pen-shaped instrument that can be used to clean out blackheads and whiteheads
Chemical Peels – where a chemical solution is applied to the face, causing the skin to peel off and new skin to replace it
Photodynamic Therapy – where light is applied to the skin in an attempt to improve symptoms of acne
For mild acne, there are many over-the-counter treatments available in the form of creams and gels that can be used to help treat it.
Topical Treatments – gels and creams will often contain benzoyl peroxide, which helps to kill bacteria and reduce inflammation. It should be applied 20 minutes after washing, and to the whole affected area, not just the individual spots. It can cause your skin to become irritated and dry, so should be used sparingly.
Oral Antibiotics – These are often used together with a gel or cream for best effect and can be prescribed by your doctor. It can take several weeks to see any improvement.
At Home Acne Care:
There are a few things you can do in day-to-day life to help manage your symptoms, and to help prevent any more breakouts:
Use a mild soap and warm water to wash your face
While it’s a good idea to let your skin breathe, it’s natural for some people to want to conceal spots and blemishes with make-up. If you do want to wear make-up, try to choose products that are oil-free and non-comedogenic, meaning they won’t clog your pores. It’s important to make sure you remove your make-up completely at night before you go to sleep
Shower after any exercise or strenuous activity, as sweat left on the skin can lead to breakouts
Be mindful of what products you use on your hair; oils, gels and serums can transfer onto your skin and clog your pores. Use a gentle shampoo and conditioner that’s unlikely to irritate your skin, and tie your hair back if it falls onto your face
Some Acne Skin Care Tips:
There are many treatment options but you don’t want your desire for clear your skin to do more harm than good. Be sure to avoid these common treatment mistakes.
Overdoing washing or scrubbing
Don’t squeeze pimples
Use a “noncomedogenic” moisturizer
Use a “noncomedogenic” sunscreen
Using too much benzoyl peroxide can agitate your skin
Stopping a treatment routine too soon
We would love to work with you in determining your specific skincare
needs be it acne or other conditions you would like to address.
We love creating beautiful skin and happy clients!
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