Our skin can have a tough time adjusting to the new weather patterns brought on by changing seasons. If you’re struggling with acne during this crisp fall season, consider what an acne treatment facial can do for you!
Acne is a skin condition caused by overactive sebaceous (or oil) glands. It’s extremely common, especially in teenagers and anyone with a hormone imbalance. When sebaceous glands are overstimulated, they produce excess oil. When this fluid combines with skin cells, it can cause blockages that wreak havoc on the skin.
Pimples are red, pus-filled bumps on the skin that occur when the blocked oil glands become inflamed. They can be extremely painful and lead to permanent scarring, especially if poked or prodded by anyone other than a professional. Whiteheads and blackheads are similar — they’re both considered clogged pores. But whiteheads are closed and may turn into pimples eventually, while blackheads remain open. Because the trapped oil in blackheads is exposed to the air, oxidation occurs, rendering them dark and noticeable.
Clinical facials can help people with all types of skin, but they’re especially crucial for those with acne. While cleansing twice a day with appropriately-formulated products is a great start to treat acne, it’s not usually possible to completely cleanse the skin of bacteria. Additionally, you should never attempt to extract pores on your own as this can easily lead to long-term scarring.
An acne facial is specifically tailored to oily, acne-prone skin. It includes all the typical elements of a facial, which most find to be very pampering, but it may also include treatments like extraction, extra exfoliation, or a chemical peel. Acne facials may use specific products formulated for acne or hypoallergenic products if you have sensitive skin.
Before a facial, it’s important to remove all makeup so the technician can work with the surface of the skin. Usually, you will have some type of consultation prior to the facial appointment so that the appropriate products and methods are prepared for your facial.
A highly-trained aesthetician will first cleanse your face and then use a steamer to soften pores and any oil stuck in the glands, making it more malleable and able to be extracted. This warm, soothing steam treatment is often a favorite among those who get regular facials. Next, the aesthetician will exfoliate the skin, sloughing off dead skin cells. If desired, you might opt for an additional layer of exfoliation with a microdermabrasion treatment, which can reduce permanent acne scarring and smooth the skin’s surface.
Then, a comedone extractor will be used to manually extract oil plugs like blackheads. This may be followed by a toner, mist, or mask before the aesthetician applies a light moisturizer that won’t clog pores or aggravate breakouts. You’ll walk out feeling squeaky clean and refreshed, and reap the benefits of radiant skin for days afterward!
An acne facial is just one of many cosmetic services offered to treat and prevent acne. If you’re in the greater New York City area and need some help managing your acne, contact Vanguard Dermatology. Our board-certified specialists can perform an acne facial and a host of other services so you can get your confidence back.