Our approach to treating acne is to reduce bacteria and inflammation, increase cellular exfoliation and support wound healing. Acne is a wound to the skin, this is important to remember as we should always use healing and skin strengthening products. As we treat bacteria and oil production it’s important to equally address healing and inflammation support.
Every acne regimen and treatment plan is slightly different. We recommend a customized series of acne treatments with a specific home care regimen. A series of treatments allows clients to be proactive instead of reacting to acne flare ups.
Skin Irritants – Soap powders (all-natural, fragrance- free is best), fabric softeners, shampoos, conditioners, hair sprays, etc. are all irritants to existing acne conditions. Rinse laundry thoroughly, replace pillow cases, and never use the same wash cloth more than once.
Drying – Overuse of very drying skin care products may cause the sebaceous glands to produce more oil.
Picking & Touching – Improper squeezing and extractions may rupture the follicle wall and cause bacteria to spread. Touching irritates skin and feeds bacteria from fingers and hands.
Stress – The number one factor affecting acne. Stress stimulates the adrenal glands; for women, this may be a problem because these glands produce much of the male hormones. Men produce only a small amount of testosterone in the adrenal glands. Since men also produce higher levels of testosterone, surges of it from stress have less of an effect on acne. Usually flare-ups occur about 14 days following a stress response.
Excessive and/or Abrasive Scrubbing – Over-cleansing and excessive scrubbing can over-stimulate the production of sebum in the follicle and worsen acne conditions. The formation of acne begins with sebum.
Nutrition – Avoid foods with iodides; salts, processed foods, fast foods, excessive dairy, soy sauce, MSG, alcohol, and caffeine. Some drugs even trigger existing acne conditions. Drink at least 6 to 8 glasses of water every day.
Hormones – Hormones also affect acne. Specifically, testosterone stimulates the development of sebaceous follicles and attached oil glands. This is a major factor during adolescence when hormones are very active. Hormonal fluctuation during menstrual cycles accounts for acne flare-ups. It is the increase of progesterone that aggravates acne conditions in women. Increased estrogen generally relieves acne, which is why physicians prescribe birth control pills.
Cosmetics – Fragrances, dyes and preservatives are irritating to sensitive and acne-prone skins and should be avoided.
RECOMMENDED afterglo ACNE FACIALS
This treatment deeply cleans the skin, clearing blemishes, and congestion.
Helping to even skin tone and balance oil production, this healing treatment provides more hydration than lactic acid while offering strong lightening benefits.
Improves skin texture, acne scarring, hyperpigmentation, and overall skin clarity.