Acne can be tough to handle. No matter your age or when your acne started, this common skin condition can cause self-consciousness, scarring, and a loss of self-esteem. Fortunately, dermatologists and aesthetic experts have developed several ways to control acne-prone skin. For example, at Lazur La Vie in Nyack, NY, we know that an acne facial can be pivotal for turning your skin condition around.
What Is an Acne Facial?
An acne facial is an anesthetic technique that thoroughly cleanses, treats, and hydrates your skin. This facial can minimize redness, eliminate acne-causing bacteria, and reduce breakouts in the future. With consistent facials, the overall health and tone of your skin will improve.
For this facial, we combine a thorough manual pore extraction with high-frequency healing that stimulates the skin’s regenerative properties from within. We finish the facial with DermIce Paris cryotherapy, which revitalizes your skin and reduces inflammation associated with acne.
How Long Does This Facial Take?
It will generally take about an hour to complete this entire acne facial. We like to take our time with manual extraction to ensure that all whiteheads, blackheads, and comedones are properly treated. We also like to ensure that the high-frequency step can heal all of your skin inflammation to reduce the possibility of acne scarring in the future.
Should You Do Anything Before or After This Facial?
Just like any other facial, you will get the best results when your skin is in a neutral condition. Specifically, you will want to do your best to ensure that the pH of your skin is balanced on the day of your treatment, which means that you should not use any exfoliating chemicals, acids, or vitamins on your skin for 24 to 48 hours before your appointment.
After your facial, you should do your best to use acne-fighting and skin-soothing skin care products. It’s also a good idea to avoid direct contact with the sun after a facial for at least two weeks to reduce the risk of hyperpigmentation scarring.
When Will You See Results?
After your first facial, you may see early results about three to five days later. At this point, your skin will have a healthy, natural glow, and acne inflammation should be greatly reduced. With continued treatment, your results will last longer until break-outs are a thing of the past. Many people like to schedule the Freedom Acne treatment at least once every four to six weeks for best results.
How Can You Get the Best Results?
There are a few things you can do to ensure you get the best results from your facial treatment. Overall, your skin can reveal several things about your hormones, and genetics, and lifestyle. While your hormonal balance and your genetics may be out of your control, there are other things you can do to protect your skin and reduce acne breakouts. These methods include:
Leading a healthy lifestyle can have a significant impact on your skin. While new research suggests that the old wives’ tale of eating chocolate doesn’t necessarily contribute to acne, there is research that indicates a diet high in sugar and greasy foods can have a negative impact. Many people find that clean eating with whole grains, fresh fruits, and crisp veggies can be effective for managing acne.
Increasing your water intake is key, since water is a natural antioxidant that will help detoxify your skin. Regular exercise is also highly beneficial since working up a sweat can detox your skin and keep your pores clean, particularly if you are suffering from acne on the body.
Although wearing sunscreen won’t prevent acne, it will prevent certain types of acne scarring. Specifically, wearing adequate sunscreen during the day will reduce post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation and post-inflammatory erythema. Sun protection can reduce acne inflammation, which can help breakouts clear up faster.
Skin Care Products
Finally, using the right skin care products is essential. For example, you should use salicylic acid, benzoyl peroxide, and retinoids to care for moderate to severe acne breakouts as these active ingredients can regulate cellular turnover, reduce excess oil in the skin, and kill acne-causing bacteria.
That said, acne-prone skin is usually also prone to sensitivity, so it’s best to use gentle skin care products that are designed specifically to treat acne, such as Freedom Skin Care.
Exploring Freedom Skin Care
Freedom Skin Care is a line of natural, herb-based skin care products that are made without irritating parabens, sulfates, or chemicals that can cause skin inflammation. Along with regular facials, the Freedom Skin Care line can greatly improve the health and tone of your skin. Whether you include a few products or the entire line, we have seen great results when this skin care line is used consistently.
Key Active Ingredients
Several beneficial ingredients can be found in the natural world, particularly if you have sensitive skin and you are trying to control acne. For example, willow bark extract is a natural antiseptic and anti-inflammatory BHA that can remove dead skin cells and improve the tone of the skin. Tea tree oil is also a common ingredient used to reduce excess sebum production while also killing acne-causing bacteria.
Other key active ingredients can include vitamin C, vitamin E, witch hazel, lemon, calendula, jojoba oil, rosemary, chickweed, echinacea, nettle leaf, turmeric, neem oil, and grapeseed oil.
Skin Care Routine
No matter what products you are using, you must have a consistent skin care routine to get the best results for acne-prone skin. The Freedom Skin Care line controls active acne, clarifies the pores, reduces inflammation, and fades hyperpigmentation without drying out the skin. Your best skin care routine will include basic steps such as cleansing, toning, active treatments, moisturizing, and SPF every day.
Why a Consistent Skincare Routine Is Important?
A consistent skin care routine is essential for acne because to correctly treat acne, you have to reset your skin. By continually treating your skin with potent active ingredients, you can address all symptoms related to acne, regulate the oil production of your skin, and balance your skin’s moisture barrier to reduce skin sensitivity. If you use skin care consistently, you will see drastic improvements in four to six weeks.
Why Is Hydrating Your Skin With Acne Essential?
Many people who have acne also struggle with oily skin. However, it’s a mistake to dry out your skin with harsh ingredients such as alcohol-based astringents. When you use alcohol-based products on acne-prone skin to address oiliness, your skin often overcompensates by producing even more oil to protect the moisture barrier. Instead, it’s best to use a gentle, natural astringent that also hydrates the skin to manage oil production.
Breaking Down Acne: The Whys and Hows
People can develop acne at any age, although the skin condition is more common during early puberty and young adulthood. Acne generally occurs because dead skin cells block pores, which can trap acne-causing bacteria in the skin. This causes a localized infection and inflammation known as pimples. However, research suggests that the root cause of acne may actually be your hormones.
Specifically, hormones can affect the most basic skin regulating function – your natural oil production. Because your hormones are associated with the production of oil in your pores, people who have unbalanced hormones tend to have more severe acne. This is why oral medications like Accutane, which reduces oil production, are so effective for those with severe acne.
What Are Symptoms of Acne?
Acne can come in many forms, including whiteheads, blackheads, comedones, pimples, pustules, and cystic acne. Many people who have acne also suffer from acne scars, including post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation, post-inflammatory erythema, and textural acne scars such as boxcar scars and rolling scars.
Can You Grow Out of Acne?
Because acne is linked to hormone production, there are some people who may grow out of acne as they get older. However, many people, especially women who are menstruating, will continue to deal with acne well into adulthood. This is why controlling your acne with good skin care products and aesthetic treatments is so essential.
Free Your Skin From Acne
Getting clearer skin is easier than you think. Using treatments that are tailored for acne-prone skin and gentle skin care products to nurture the skin, you can greatly reduce acne breakouts and improve your skin condition. If you’re ready to free your skin from acne, schedule an acne facial at Lazur La Vie in Nyack, NY today.