Fall is upon us, and for a lot of us, acne is too. Book a facial this autumn to treat yourself to a relaxing, acne-busting treatment that’ll leave your skin feeling refreshed and ready for the winter.
Acne is a common, but oftentimes unique skin condition that impacts millions of Americans. Often associated with puberty and adolescence, acne does not discriminate based on age. Many people experience acne into adulthood, and intense hormonal changes like pregnancy and menopause can trigger acne seemingly out of nowhere. People with acne develop blocked pores which lead to whiteheads or blackheads, most typically. Acne can crop up anywhere on the body where there are sebaceous glands. Sebaceous glands are contained within hair follicles and produce an oil called sebum. Sebum plays an important role in protecting our skin, but too much of it can be a bad thing. As we touched on earlier, hormonal changes often trigger acne and that’s because of their effects on the body’s production of sebum. Excessive sebum and other debris can clog pores that contain sebaceous glands. The sebum then builds up beneath the skin forming a pimple.
Acne comes in many forms, and it hits some a lot harder than others. Mild acne is typically characterized by infrequent or minor breakouts of basic pimples, the whiteheads and blackheads many of us are familiar with. Severe acne can go by a few names, but it’s distinguished from mild acne because of how deep the acne forms in the skin. Cystic or nodule acne is a more severe form of acne that develops deeper in the follicle and causes a higher amount of inflammation and damage. Severe acne can be painful and since it’s rooted deeper in the skin, can cause permanent scarring. Regardless of how severe a person’s acne is, it can lead to infections and cause a great deal of damage to one’s self-esteem. Treating acne proactively is the best way to take it on, and there are many treatments out there that can really help.
A relaxing facial might not be the first thing you think of when it comes to tackling acne, but you’d be surprised how focused a dermatologist’s acne facial can be. Once you’ve booked your facial, your dermatologist will take a look at your skin and consider your specific acne needs. Many acne facials use salicylic or glycolic acid, two of the best compounds for cleaning out pores and reducing oil. A facial starts with a gentle, yet powerful cleansing. Cleaning the skin helps to open the pores and loosen any excess oil or dirt.
The next step is to apply the moisturizing compound, likely containing one of the acids mentioned earlier. These help to eliminate dead skin cells and excess oils that your skin produces. Lighter, water-based moisturizers work best on oily skin, providing hydration and not adding anymore oil to the skin. The final component of a good facial is a nice massage. Your aesthetician will massage your face, neck and shoulders. Your dermatologist may also perform extractions of your acne. While popping your pimples yourself isn’t recommended, extractions are safe and effective when performed in a setting like this. While facials can’t single-handedly treat most cases of acne, they are an excellent and relaxing supplement for medicinal treatments like isotretinoin.
Acne doesn’t have to drive you up the wall, and treating it with a facial can actually do a lot more than just eliminating your breakout. Don’t hesitate when it comes to helping your acne prone skin this fall—make an appointment with the pros at Northeast Dermatology today.
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