The most common skin disorder in the U.S., acne affects more than 60 million people every year. Though it is often a trigger of hormonal changes during the teen years, it has become a growing concern for adults as well (roughly 12 million). Left unchecked, acne can lead to more permanent issues, like scarring and dark facial spots. Fortunately, there are effective skincare treatments available for those suffering from acne.
Nicole Peirce, Medical Aesthetician at Your Health District, stresses the importance of understanding your skin type in order to effectively manage and treat acne and related symptoms. Peirce offers a variety of medical grade skin care treatments, customized peels that target specific skin issues, and take-home acne regimen kits for continued use between scheduled treatments. “I’ve used the acne line on my own children – all with the best of results.”
For consistent breakouts, Peirce recommends washing your face twice daily with a salicylic acid cleanser if you have an oily complexion, and using a gentle, non-irritating cleanser if your complexion is dry. She also suggests a benzoyl peroxide treatment cream for mild to moderate acne to reduce bacteria. “If you don’t see any improvements in four to six weeks, I recommend making an appointment with your aesthetician.” For more severe cases of acne, she recommends coming in every two weeks for a medical-grade acne treatment and following a prescribed daily skincare regimen.
Even with improvements in products and treatments, some patients are still misinformed on what causes acne and the best way to manage it. Some of the common acne myths Peirce has encountered with patients include:
Myth: Popping your acne will make it clear up faster.
Fact: This actually causes the bacteria to spread, leading to more breakouts.
Myth: Don’t wear makeup if you want clear skin.
Fact: Makeup alone does not cause acne, but it has the potential to worsen or trigger breakouts. Acne.com provides a list of comedogenic (pore-clogging) ingredients to avoid when choosing makeup.
Myth: I can scrub my oily skin or acne away.
Fact: This is a common misconception. Cleansing too often or over-exfoliating your skin can cause it to produce more oil.
Myth: The foods I eat don’t affect my skin.
Fact: Everything you put into your body has a direct impact on your skin. Eating a poor diet can lead to dull, puffy skin and, yes, acne.
“There are several different treatments out there for treating acne and minimizing scarring that can result from more severe cases,” said Peirce. “Everyone’s skin is different; the best regimen for a client is one that is customized to their overall skin type and specific concerns.”
During the month of February: Receive 50% Off a Take-Home Regimen with any Acne Treatment. Visit Your Health District for more information and to schedule an appointment.
Written by: Nicole Peirce
Nicole Peirce is a Licensed Medical Aesthetician specializing in Intradermal Cosmetics and Paramedical Permanent Cosmetics. She is also trained and Certified in Western Herbalism, Oriental and Ayurvedic medicine, Homeopathy, Aromatherapy, Spa Massage and Spa Specialty Treatments.