Acne occurs when pores become clogged by dead skin cells resulting in accumulation of sebum, an oily substance produced by oil glands. Bacteria within pores called Propionibacterium acnes (P. acnes), can contribute to pore blockage and inflammation – visible as redness, swelling and pus that may accompany acne spots. The result is acne, the term used to describe emerging blackheads, whiteheads, pimples and cysts. Acne usually appears on the face and neck but can also affect shoulders, back, and upper arms.
Who Gets Acne and When?
Everyone gets a pimple sometime in their life. Acne often starts around puberty and may last 5-10 years or continue into adulthood. Milder forms of acne can usually be treated with topical over-the-counter (OTC) products. For more severe, stubborn and/or widespread acne, see your family doctor or a dermatologist for advice, diagnosis and possibly a prescription for stronger medications/ therapies.
Overactive sebaceous (oil-producing) glands start producing more sebum, usually at puberty, and the excess sebum clogs pores. This leads to the inflammation (redness and swelling) often associated with acne. Heredity (genes) is another factor determining who gets acne, and how severely. If either or both of your parents had acne you are more likely to develop acne too. Several factors can make acne flare up or lead to breakouts, though triggers can vary from person to person. You can help to control the condition by avoiding things that you notice make your acne worse.
Picking or squeezing
Picking and squeezing acne spots can make them worse and increase the risk of permanent scarring. This is because manipulation can extend sebum and bacteria into surrounding skin tissues, leading to more swelling, redness and possible infection.
Pressure due to a chinstrap, phone receiver, sports helmet, headband, guitar strap, bra strap, shoulder pads and other tight clothing can lead to acne developing at the point of skin contact.
If a certain kind of food seems to aggravate your acne, avoid it. There is evidence that having a diet with a low glycemic index may reduce symptoms for some people.
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Excessive sweat can worsen acne in some people, especially if trapped under damp clothing.
Washing your face twice a day with a mild cleanser is recommended for acne-prone skin.
Dos and Donts
Do wash your face! Use a recognized acne cleanser once or twice daily to help acne.
Do apply sunscreen! Skin is much more sensitive to UV rays when you use acne treatment products. Choose one that is non-comedogenic and non-acnegenic.
Do use oil-free products if you wear makeup. Look for non-comedogenic products – those that don’t contain pore-clogging ingredients.
Do launder pillowcases and sheets often. They absorb oil, and can lead to more deposition of dirt and oil on your skin.
Do wash makeup brushes with antimicrobial soap. Makeup applicators can store bacteria.
Don’t pop! Picking and squeezing leads to more bacteria being distributed, inviting more acne. It can also lead to more stains and scars.
Don’t wear makeup! Take time out to let your skin breathe and heal (at least once a week).
Don’t stress out! Stress can indirectly worsen acne by affecting your hormones.
Don’t scrub too much! It can irritate skin and aggravate your acne.
Don’t feel alone. Nearly everyone in the world gets pimples.
Acne will go away quickly
It may clear up, but acne can get worse before it improves.
You can get acne from contact with someone who has it
Acne may be unsightly and embarrassing, but it is not contagious.
Sun exposure and tanning clear up skin
Neither outdoor nor indoor tanning will help acne over the long run. Being in the sun can help initially by drying up skin lesions and surface oils, and masking spots by tanning, but the effect is temporary. More often, people will experience an acne flare-up after UV exposure. Sun exposure also raises the risk of skin cancer.
Poor hygiene can cause acne
Acne is not due to dirty skin and doesn’t reflect personal hygiene habits. And blackheads aren’t dirt-filled pores. They’re black because the oil in them (keratin) is oxidized when it comes into contact with air. In fact, washing vigorously and too often can make acne worse by irritating the skin.
Eating greasy food makes acne worse
Certain foods such as chocolate, French fries, and other greasy foods have long been suspected of aggravating acne, but scientific studies have not found a connection.
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Types of treatment we offer
Acne treatments aim to: decrease sebum production, kill acne bacteria, help normalize skin shedding and reduce inflammation.
Microdermabrasion it decreases scarring it helps by resurfacing the skin sanding the first layers giving a chance to your skin will develop new skin layers.
Aromatherapy acne treatments by adding our essential oil to certain masks and products it helps in decreasing inflammation and smoothens the skin.
Glycolic peel glycolic helps by softening the underlying hard oil and smooth it out.
Certain products to use regularly as recommended by your skin therapist.
Purifying Back Treatment
What is Bacial?
A skin treatment which is formulated specifically for the back. “bacial.” Back treatments utilize many of the techniques used in skin treatments for the face, and they are supposed to clarify and soften the skin of the back while providing a deep moisturizing treatment. A wide range of formulations which target specific skin types or issues such as clogged pores and acne on the back.
Who should have it?
People who are often having trouble maintaining a skin care regimen for their backs since the back is notoriously hard to reach. it is hard to moisturize the back or to treat dry skin and other irritating and sometimes unsightly conditions.
What treatments are available for the back?
Skin treatments such as glycolic peels and microdermabrasion are also available for the back, depending on your skin type and any skin issues which you may be experiencing.
What does back treatments help with?
It can be beneficial in cleansing those tough-to-reach spots, targeting a variety of skin care needs such as clogged pores, back acne, and dehydrated skin. This treatment mimics many of the traditional techniques used while performing treatments for the skin, and incorporate deep cleansing, extractions, and purifying masks.
Why get a back treatment?
Back facials are, for the most part, a painless extraction process. The facial typically begins with a gentle steaming to open pores and lift impurities, followed by a deep cleansing and exfoliation. Followed by a therapeutic mask.