April 4, 2019
Whether magazines and TV want to admit it or not, acne is troublesome for almost everyone. In fact, from genetics to greasy food, hormones to clogged pores, acne affects up to 50 million Americans every single year. That means there’s a pretty good chance you’ll have to face a dreaded pimple at some point in your life, whether you’re a teenager, college student, or even an adult in your 40’s.
As an esthetician, I know from personal experience how frustrating acne can be. To help you combat this pesky skin condition, I’m going to break down some of the most sought-after answers to the BIG acne questions:
By: Alison, LE
As I mentioned above, there are a lot of reasons acne exists: genetics, food triggers, clogged pores from dirt or makeup, hormones, and more.
Teenagers typically find their acne collects on their face, back, chest, and shoulders. Research suggests teenage acne is caused by excess oil and hormonal changes, as well as from diet and nutrition.
Adults, on the other hand, find that their pimples tend to form on the lower face, specifically the jawline and chin. Most people believe acne will cease as we age, but this isn’t always the case. As we get older, the cell turnover slows down and the oil builds up, causing inflammation such as cystic acne and pimples.
The two biggest things you can do to prevent future breakouts are scheduling maintenance skincare treatments and buying (and consistently using) quality skincare products that are right for your skin type.
In terms of treatments, our favorites include:
Your at-home routine should include:
Out of the 80% of teenagers who suffer from acne, 25% of them will develop scars. Scarring typically happens because of inflammation, which destroys healthy tissue. While some scars may fade, many will remain visible if left untreated.
To help reduce the appearance of scarring, we recommend microneedling, which promotes self-healing through micro-injuries around the scar. After treatment, your body actually produces brand new collagen that creates smoother skin — and a less noticeable scar.
If that sounds intimidating, we do have two light-based treatments that help with scarring: Halo and BBL. As mentioned above, Halo is a resurfacing treatment that penetrates deep enough in the skin to stimulate collagen where the scar is. BBL treats the red pigment in acne scars to make the skin tone more even.
Still have questions? Please call us at 513-791-9474 to book a complimentary skincare consultation where we’ll discuss your concerns, symptoms, and the best treatment for your skin. For more information on skincare, subscribe to our YouTube channel.