While most people associate acne with their teenage years, the truth is that adults of all ages can suffer from the condition. Factors such as stress, pregnancy, and menopause can all play a role in determining how clear your complexion is. Additionally, environmental toxins, medications, diet, health issues, and lifestyle may affect your skin’s vitality and cause blemishes.
A good esthetician will understand the difference between dry skin with acne, which is often caused by hormonal imbalance, and oily skin with acne, which is typically characterized by blackheads, pustules, and enlarged pores. Your provider can suggest the best acne treatment for your unique skin type and your goals.
What causes acne?
Acne occurs when the pores are blocked by a build-up of oil (sebum,) bacteria, and dead skin cells. While cosmetics, medications, and stress can all be root causes of acne, the most common reason for skin disturbances is hormonal shifts that occur during menstruation, pregnancy, and menopause.
Who is at risk for acne?
Over 50 million Americans struggle with acne, and as more solutions have become available on the market for treatment, some 5 million patients have visited their esthetician for a skincare procedure. Risk factors for developing acne include taking birth control pills, having acne run in the family, going through puberty, pregnancy, or menopause, and eating a poor diet filled with sugars, processed foods, and carbohydrates.
What are some of the most popular medspa treatments for acne?
- MICRONEEDLING – Microneedling is a procedure that creates a series of micro-injuries to boost new supplies of collagen, a youth-enhancing protein that hydrates and firms the skin from the inside out. The tiny needles improve the skin’s susceptibility to serums, creams, and lotions, which can now be more effectively absorbed by the dermis. This treatment is ideal for combating acne pitting. Three sessions are typically recommended, spaced apart at around 4-6 weeks.
- CHEMICAL PEELS – Chemical peels use chemical solutions of varying strengths to exfoliate the outermost layers of damaged skin. This can be a highly effective approach when it comes to reducing both acne and acne scarring. Among a chemical peel’s chief benefits are that it can combat hyperpigmentation, even out the skin tone, reduce acne blemishes, and can even help prevent breakouts in the future. Like microneedling, chemical peels can also replenish collagen and elastin reserves while treating fine lines, creases, and wrinkles. Most patients need 3-5 sessions spaced about 4-6 weeks apart.
- DERMAL FILLERS – Dermal fillers are an excellent option for reducing the appearance of raised acne scars, and they are versatile enough to be used in all areas, including the forehead, around the nose and mouth, and beneath the eyes. Some fillers can also boost collagen production, smoothing and rejuvenating the complexion from within. Hyaluronic acid-based fillers (Restylane and Juvederm) can be especially effective for dry skin, as they can lock in moisture. Sculptra is a filler that contains poly-L-lactic acid and is designed to restore plumpness and volume to depleted facial contours. The results of dermal fillers can last anywhere from 6-24 months, and the treatment can be repeated as needed.
What is the takeaway?
As medspa treatments have advanced and newer skincare technologies and devices have become available, it is easier than ever to achieve the bright, smooth, clear complexion you dream of. Dealing with acne can be frustrating, especially if you’re doing so alone at home, relying on over-the-counter products and serums that show little promise. By visiting a trained, experienced esthetician who has expertise in combating blemishes, you can finally enjoy radiant skin and enhanced self-confidence.