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ACNE

ACNE IS A HEREDITARY DISORDER of the pores, meaning acne is not a result of someone’s lifestyle, hygiene, or anything else typically attributed to acne.

Pores that are not acne-prone will shed one layer of dead skin cells per day, and the body can keep up with this desquamation without issue.


Acne-prone pores shed up to five layers of dead skin cells per day, which the body cannot keep up with. As a result, micro comedones, the beginning of all acne lesions, begin to form. From here, open and closed comedones appear on the skin; if P. Acnes bacteria are present within the pore, comedones become inflamed.


PROFESSIONAL SUPPORT


In Face Reality’s US National Survey on Acne (from which over 1,000 responses were collected), 91% of people try over-the-counter skincare products; only 7% of those people found that to be a solution.

Between 62%-69% start with prescription topical and/or oral medications. Again, success rates are low for these options as well, with only 11%–22% getting results.


Those who sought out the help of a skin specialist saw significantly better success; up to 54% when respondents followed a skincare routine. The benefits of working with a skin specialist who has received dedicated acne training include a partner who can guide acne clients through lifestyle changes, topical skin care solutions, and professional treatments.


Between 62%-69% start with prescription topical and/or oral medications. Again, success rates are low for these options as well, with only 11%–22% getting results.


Those who sought out the help of a skin specialist saw significantly better success; up to 54% when respondents followed a skincare routine. The benefits of working with a skin specialist who has received dedicated acne training include a partner who can guide acne clients through lifestyle changes, topical skin care solutions, and professional treatments.


TOPICAL SOLUTIONS


Not all skincare is created equal, especially when it comes to a skin condition as specific as acne. Many amazing ingredients for antiageing or non-acne-prone clients need to be removed completely from an acne client’s regimen.

Ingredients like shea butter, coconut oil, and seaweed are all pore-clogging ingredients that can cause breakouts for acne-prone individuals.


Chemical exfoliants are extremely helpful and can be chosen based on acne type, severity, and skin type.


Some popular options include mandelic acid and salicylic acid.

Mandelic acid has been gaining attention due to its broad array of benefits; it is anti-inflammatory, antifungal, antibacterial, exfoliating, and brightening. It is also a great option for clients with a Fitzpatrick rating of 4+.


LIFESTYLE MANAGEMENT


There are lifestyle factors that clients will need to be educated on, many of which they would not have considered otherwise. These include, but are not limited to, diet, laundry products, and post-workout habits. Diet is an extremely important factor for those experiencing acne, as there are many foods high in iodides and androgen hormones that can lead to increased oil production and inflammation in the body, which can cause an increase in breakouts.


PROFESSIONAL TREATMENTS


Professional treatments such as corrective peels and enzyme treatments are extremely beneficial for acne clients. In addition to correcting tone, texture, and healing acne lesions, the treatment will prep the skin for extractions.


The Vintage Salon Team x

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