Clear, glowing skin is a sign of health, youth, and beauty. Unfortunately, many adults and teenagers face a daily, losing fight with acne.
When dirt, oil, hair, or dead skin cells clog our pores, stubborn bumps, spots, blackheads, or whiteheads can form. Acne can leave indentations or red marks on the skin long after the initial irritation has healed. Both active acne and acne scarring can be difficult to conceal with makeup. Severe cases of acne can be painful, and even mild acne can be a frustrating interruption of otherwise healthy, smooth skin.
Just as each client has unique skin, the cause of each client’s acne is specific to their skin and body chemistry. At Skin Care by Alyce, we take the time to help our clients identify what is causing their acne, so that they can pursue solutions that will truly work for them.
One helpful way to assess the root of your acne is to identify where on your body you most regularly break out. For example, if you are breaking out on your hairline, chest, and back, your hair care products may be contributing to your acne. Consider switching to a product that is sulfate or silicone-free.
Once we have a better sense of what triggers a client’s acne, we can recommend appropriate treatment. Some common causes of acne include:
The Products You Are Using
Changing up your skincare regimen too frequently can increase the likelihood of breakouts.
Many makeup and skincare products can clog the skin, resulting in acne and irritation. Similarly, clients’ sunscreen can even make them break out. Make a point of using non-comedogenic skincare products, which means the product has been approved by dermatologists to not clog pores. Be careful not to overtreat your skin with products that are drying without balancing them with products that moisturize your skin also.
Alyce will discuss the products you are using, and the frequency at which you use them, to help you create the right regimen that will enable your skin to heal from your acne and prevent the development of new blemishes.
A common mistake that some people make is to over-cleanse or over-apply their skincare products. This can greatly dry out the skin. If more abrasive topicals like salicylic acid and benzoyl peroxide are applied too frequently, the skin can also become overly dry. When the skin is overly dry, it can send a message to the body to produce more oil and sebum to compensate. This can lead to clogged pores.
It’s difficult for dry skin to exfoliate itself.
Dry skin is also more likely to become damaged and have a harder time recovering from injury or irritation. After assessing your skin, Alyce will recommend a skincare routine that will truly nourish your skin and address the causes of your acne.
Alyce is happy to discuss your options for moisturizing that will help you achieve your ideal skin health, for the long-term.
While not everyone’s acne may be connected to their diet, it is not uncommon for people to have sensitivity to certain types of food, causing a breakout. In general, any food that can create a spike in blood pressure can increase the likelihood of breakouts and skin inflammation.
Some people are more likely to break out after eating dairy.
Bread and grains, spices, tomatoes, and even certain types of oil have all been shown to cause acne in certain individuals. You can learn more about how to track your diet and its relationship with your skin during a consultation at Skin Care by Alyce.
It is common for people who are undergoing hormonal fluctuations to have an increase in acne breakouts. Puberty, menopause, and stress in general all tend to come with unpleasant outbreaks of painful or scarring acne. Some women are also more likely to develop acne during their menstrual cycle.
The solutions for hormone-related acne will vary on a client-by-client basis. Alyce is happy to recommend ways you can prevent these breakouts, as well as ways to heal your skin from your acne.
Similar to the way that changing our skin care routines frequently exacerbates breakouts, major changes in our environment can contribute to our acne. The stress of changing climates, water hardness, spending time inside a dry, pressurized airplane, or the stress of traveling in general can put enough strain on our skin to encourage a few pimples. Drink extra water while traveling, and make sure you keep your skin clean and moisturized while on the go.
Smoking can increase the likelihood of acne because it interferes with the oxygen content in your skin. Smoking also generally dries the skin out. This can increase the chances of irritation and clogged pores.
Smoking will also contribute to the breakdown of collagen and elastins in the skin.
Collagen and elastin are two valuable components of youthful, supported skin. Without them, the skin is more likely to “sag.” Wrinkles can form. With less collagen, the skin will not renew itself as well. Acne scars and other damage to the skin will have a more lasting effect.
Exposing Your Skin To Bacteria
When we touch our face, we are transferring the germs from our environment to our sensitive facial skin. Bacteria is one of the major causes of clogged pores and irritated skin. Our phones can also be a source of bacteria. Try to make a point of safely washing the exterior of your phone regularly, to reduce acne on your cheeks and chin.
Not Cleansing Our Pores
If we do not properly cleanse our skin after working out, or wearing makeup all day, we increase the likelihood of our pores becoming clogged with oil, bacteria, dead skin, or cosmetic products, leading to a breakout. Many of us may have the bad habit of running errands after the gym, or falling asleep with our makeup on.
Give your skin “time and space” to function and detoxify by cleansing your skin of impurities after a long day, or after rigorous sweating.
Overexposure to Sun
If you are trying to combat your current case of acne, avoid spending too much time in the sun. For a while, people popularized the myth that the sun can help “dry out” your acne. On the contrary! Exposure to the sun’s rays can increase acne-related redness and slow the healing of acne lesions. Wear adequate sunscreen and practice responsible sun exposure.
We all want to look and feel our best. At Skin Care by Alyce, we help our clients identify the causes of their acne, so that we can suggest a skin care regimen that will better treat and prevent their breakouts. In addition to improving our clients’ skin care habits, we tailor our skin renewing and clarifying treatments to the needs of each unique client’s skin and work with your dermatologist as they medically treat your skin with prescription products.
Intense Pulsed Light (IPL)
An IPL treatment applies light energy to a targeted level of the skin. The lengths of the light energy waves can be adjusted to the unique needs of the client’s skin. IPL can resolve redness and pigmentation associated with acne, scarring, or age-related damage in the skin, greatly reducing the appearance of blemishes. The light energy will reach the level of the skin responsible for collagen production and the redness of vascular changes from acne breakouts. This will promote skin healing and renewal. As your collagen-rich skin works its way to the surface over the weeks following your treatment, you will see your skin become fuller and clearer.
Acne Dermasweep will gently “sweep away” client’s dead layer of skin.
A DermaSweep procedure is performed by running a vacuum-powered wand over the skin. This treatment also effectively cleans the pores. The mild suction will stimulate blood flow and your skin’s collagen production, improving skin volume and healing time. Acne Dermasweep involves a sweep across the facial skin, followed by an Epi-infusion. This infusion will nourish and treat the skin and specifically target client’s acne with solutions of salicylic acid, glycolic acid, and vitamins..
Oxygen Cream Mask
An Oxygen Cream Mask will increase circulation, reduce breakouts, and address redness. Stabilized, activated hydrogen peroxide will increase oxygen molecules in the skin and cause anaerobic bacteria to die off. An Oxygen Cream Mask can treat both acne and rosacea. This treatment can be completed in two or four steps. An oxygenation treatment can be performed once every week.
An Oxygen Cream Mask can be performed alone or as an added element of another skin rejuvenating treatment.
LED Light Therapy
LED Light Therapy exposes the skin to Red and Blue LED. Blue LED will kill acne and bacteria, effectively clearing the skin. Red LED has been shown to soothe and calm skin inflammation. The targeted energy will stimulate the production of collagen and elastin in the skin. LED Light Therapy is pain-free and requires no downtime. The result is clear, glowing skin!
During an Ultrasound Treatment, sound waves are applied to the lower levels of the dermis. This will safely stimulate your body’s production of collagen and elastin. As your newer, fuller, healthier skin works itself to the surface, the skin will become more even-toned. Acne will heal and your pore size will shrink, reducing the formation of future acne.
Acne can negatively impact anyone’s self-esteem. Instead of hiding your skin, you can work with a skincare specialist like Alyce to target your acne at its source. Once you have a better idea of what is causing your acne, you can take action to prevent future breakouts and heal the past damage acne has done to your skin.
You don’t have to live with acne: we invite you to call Skin Care by Alyce today to get started on the right acne treatment plan for you!