What is Acne?

Acne is the most common skin condition in the United States, according to the American Academy of Dermatology. Most people develop some form of acne, but it is most common among teenagers or women undergoing hormonal changes.

By definition, acne is the occurrence of inflamed or infected sebaceous glands in the skin or more commonly referred to as a clogged pore. The combination of the skin’s natural accumulation of dead cells and excessive production of sebum cause the two to stick together becoming trapped inside.  With the addition of bacteria in the pore, you may notice the area to become red and swollen, causing an actinic cyst or nodule.

Red pimples, blackheads, whiteheads, papules, pustules, nodules, and cysts are how we categorize or distinguish types of acne.  Acne can appear on the face, back, chest, neck, shoulders, upper arms, and buttocks.  It affects men and women as well as all age groups, but teens are the most commonly affected.

Unfortunately, acne doesn’t just affect the appearance of the skin but can play havoc with an individual’s self-esteem, mood, and personality.  These are a few more reasons why many will seek treatment for their acne.

The type of treatment recommended will be based on the severity of the condition.  Our board-certified dermatologists usually see our clients first to start them on a topical and oral prescription if warranted.   Unfortunately, not every acne treatment works for everyone.  Sometimes it can take a combination of services and products to reach one’s desired results.  In some cases, the acne cannot be completely cleared, but it can be controlled.

You should not overlook acne, especially when we are younger, cystic and nodular acne can cause scars or pigmentation if left untreated or treated inappropriately.

Our spa offers several solutions such as Isolaz, microdermabrasion, chemical peels, extractions, facials, and pharmaceutical grade products to help alleviate or control your acne. Please read further or call to schedule your complimentary skin consultation for acne.

Isolaz

At some point in our lives, we have all dealt with some form of acne (pimples, pustular, cystic, blackheads, and whiteheads).  Some of us still do.   Acne is directly related to excessive production of sebum which can clog our pores.  Acne is commonly seen in teens and women (before their periods) since their bodies are going through hormonal changes. During these changes, our sebaceous glands are excessively producing sebum. The excess sebum causes the regular bacteria that live in our skin to multiply inside our pores.  The result is an inflammation in the pore or pimple.

 

Our first reaction when we see a pimple is to pop it.  We do not recommend you do that.  By popping your pimple, you are pushing the infected material further into the skin, which can lead to infection and increase your risk of scarring.
We do recommend Isolaz.  Isolaz is a unique acne therapy that combines vacuum and painless broadband light to deep clean and purifies our pores from the inside out. It is a reliable and effective acne therapy, with quick and long-lasting results for all skin types. It can be used to treat the face, neck, chest, back, and shoulders. On average, we recommend four to six treatments, but many of our clients will schedule every one to two weeks until they have reached their desired result.  Periodic appointments can be planned to maintain your clear skin or treat a sudden outbreak.
The blackhead and whiteheads that are not affected by Isolaz are extracted manually by the aesthetician.  More aggressive Isolaz treatments may include microdermabrasion or chemical peel before or after.  You may experience an increase in redness to the treated area following your procedure.  This redness will subside after a few hours.

Over the counter-products are not always adequate. Our aestheticians will customize a take-home skincare regimen with our pharmaceutical-grade products to compliment your Isolaz treatment.
If you do not already have a dermatologist, our aestheticians may refer you to one of our board-certified dermatologists at Premier Dermatology & Cosmetic Surgery.  They can further enhance your results with prescription creams/gels and oral medications.

Microdermabrasion

This non-surgical, non-invasive procedure utilizes a laser-cut diamond tip in combination with light suction to improve the appearance of fine lines, uneven skin tone and pigmentation, large pores, blackheads, and light acne scars. The skin is gently sanded, removing the thicker rough outer layer of cells/skin. Microdermabrasion (MDA) helps to thicken the collagen in the area treated.  Collagen makes the skin appear taut and smooth.  Skin is revitalized and more vibrant immediately following the procedure.

There is no significant recovery time, but you may leave a little flushed and swollen, which subsides within a few hours.  The skin may be flaky and dry for a few days. We recommend using Elta MD moisturizers and balms post-treatment. After all of our treatments, we recommend sun protection and sunscreen because the skin is more sensitive to sun exposure. Other skincare products may be suggested following your therapy to enhance and prolong the results.

The cost of this procedure does vary depending on the area(s) treated. As mentioned earlier, the back, chest, arms, neck, and face can be affected by acne. The number of treatments is dependent on the type of acne and the individual.   We do recommend a series of 6 for best results completed two to four weeks apart.  It is common for our aestheticians to customize your treatment to obtain your desired results.  Microdermabrasion may before an Isolaz or chemical peel which would also affect the cost.

Chemical Peels

You may have tried an over-the-counter at home treatments or had one at a spa, but the most effective peels are those performed by a medical professional such as a licensed aesthetician since they can customize a skincare protocol to meet your needs.

A peel consists of applying a chemical solution to the targeted area to superficially remove (peel) the rough, dry outer epidermal layers of skin. The type of chemical used will depend on your skin type and skin condition. These treatments can improve fine lines, pore size, sun-damaged skin, uneven skin coloring, and light acne scars. The number of treatments will be determined at the time of consultation to achieve the best results for your skin.

Glycolic Peels

Glycolic acid peels are simply a chemical peel that features glycolic acid as the main component. Glycolic is derived from sugar cane and is a fruit acid.  When applied to the skin, glycolic acts as an adhesive remover, releasing the older, rough, dryer skin off the surface, revealing the fresh, new underlying skin. Glycolic acid comes in varying strengths; your aesthetician will choose the most effective for your skin concerns. A glycolic peel works well to target wrinkles and acne. The skin feels less oily and much clearer following this peel.  For the best results, we recommend a series of six peels.

There is no real recovery time following this peel, but the skin may be a little red and swollen like a sunburn following the treatment, but it will subside in a few hours.  We recommend daily sunscreen use since the skin is now more sensitive.  The skin may be more flaky and dry for a few days, but with a good moisturizer, it is not a problem.

Jessner’s Peel

A Jessner peel is a medium depth chemical peel, stronger than most superficial enzyme and chemical peels. This peel creates more temporary damage to the skin in the process.  A Jessner’s Peel is a combination of salicylic acid, resorcinol, and lactic acid. They work together to exfoliate the outer layers of skin by breaking up the dead cells.  This peel encourages natural peeling for several days after application. The depth of the peel dictates the length of peeling and recovery. Your skin may first appear to be pink but fades into brown.  Your skin may feel tight and dry.  It may feel a little more sensitive for the first few days that follow.  Many clients are happy after one to two peels, but this peel can be repeated every four weeks until desired results are obtained.

We do require a consultation with an aesthetician before these treatments since there are contra-indications that would not make someone an ideal candidate for this particular peel.

VI Peel

The Vi Peel is a gentle yet powerful medical-grade chemical peel for the treatment of acne and acne scarring, fine lines and wrinkles, age and sun spots, hyperpigmentation, melasma, rosacea, enlarged pores, oil balancing, and overall skin health. This peel works to safely remove the damaged layers of the skin, promote cellular turnover, and refine the surface layer for a smoother, brighter, firmer skin that has a more youthful and radiant appearance.

It combines TCA, phenol, salicylic acid, and vitamin A and a medical-grade botanical blend. VI Peels are considered safe for all skin tones and ethnicities and performed on the face, décolletage, and hands.  After the application of the chemical solution, it needs to remain on the skin for at least 4 hours after which time it can be washed off.  A small aftercare packet is provided to take home and used to enhance your peeling process.  You may experience some redness and mild swelling, which does resolve within 24 hours. We recommend avoiding exercise or strenuous activities for at least 24-48 hours following your appointment.  You will start to see peeling about two to three days after and could last up to a week.   With all our services, we advise the use of sunscreen since the skin will be more sensitive. A series of three to four treatments spaced 3-4 weeks apart will provide optimal results, but you will see improvement after one. The number of treatments is dependent on each individual’s skin type and level of correction needed.

 

Extractions

The best way to get rid of your blackheads and those white bumps on your face is to see a professional, licensed aesthetician.  You run the risks of scarring or infection if you try to “pop” or “pick” them yourself. The first step is properly preparing your skin for the extractions. A deep cleansing, exfoliation, and sometimes steam help soften the dead cells and sebum clogging the pores.  This process helps soften the blockages so when pressure is applied, the clogged material is released.  Sometimes a lancet is used to help open the skin to allow the extraction to occur. It can take several sessions to remove all blackheads and whiteheads since addressing too many at one time may be too traumatic to the skin. Our aestheticians may customize your treatment combining extractions with other services such as microdermabrasion, facial, or Isolaz treatments.