If you’re struggling with an acne flare up, going to a holiday party can seem intimidating. Here are some treatments you can try this season to show your face with confidence at your next gathering.
Whether it’s from holiday stress, differences in your diet, or changes in the weather, no one likes to deal with acne during the holiday season. With an increase in social get-togethers, winter is a common time for anyone with acne breakouts to boost their skincare regimen with a specialized treatment.
But first, it’s important that you are taking the best possible care of your skin at home. If you struggle with acne, you should be washing your face twice a day with a cleanser formulated for oily or acne-prone skin. Ensure the products you use are mild, fragrance-free, and non-comedogenic, so they don’t clog your pores. And don’t scrub -- acne is not primarily caused by dirt, so you won’t treat it with harsh scouring of the skin.
One of the keys to treating and preventing acne is exfoliation. While physical exfoliants in a cleanser can assist, if your acne is especially severe during certain times, you might consider a dermatologist microdermabrasion treatment. Microdermabrasion is safe and very effective with little to no downtime.
During this cosmetic treatment, a technician will use a minimally abrasive instrument to slough off old, dead skin cells, revealing the brighter skin underneath. Professional dermatologist microdermabrasion treatments can dramatically improve acne, especially if you receive them on a regular basis. This procedure can also drastically reduce acne scars. While skin might be a little red or flaky immediately following the treatment, these effects clear up within a couple of days.
Another highly popular option for treating skin with acne breakouts, a chemical peel can really help improve skin’s appearance so you can walk into that holiday party glowing. Just like a dermatologist microdermabrasion treatment, a chemical face peel is designed to remove the topmost layer of dead skin. But the difference is that this exfoliation is done chemically rather than physically. The advantage is that the chemical solution can be specially formulated for your concern and the severity of your acne.
A salicylic acid chemical face peel is the preferred option for acne-prone skin. With its anti-inflammatory properties, salicylic acid is able to penetrate oil that has become trapped in blackheads. Other popular chemical peel facial treatments for people with acne are the SkinMedica Vitalize peel or the Rejuvenize peel. Both of these use stronger ingredients at higher concentrations. With a combination of salicylic acid, lactic acid, and retinol, these types of chemical peels can treat more difficult blemishes as well as reduce acne scars that have been around for years.
Once the chemical solution is left on for some time, it is neutralized and washed off. Often, a cold compress is then applied to soothe the skin. There may be some redness and peeling following the procedure, but this typically clears up within a week or two, revealing a brighter, smoother, and fresher layer of skin underneath. Getting a chemical peel a week or two before your next holiday party will help with any breakouts as well as making your makeup go on smoother.
Struggling with acne? Got a holiday party coming up and want to look radiant? If you’re in the greater New York City area, contact Vanguard Dermatology. We perform microdermabrasion and chemical peels in-office and can help you look your best this season.