Acne Facials: What Are They And How Do They Help?
If you find yourself struggling in your battle against acne and your day-to-day skincare routine just isn’t cutting it, there is no better time to invest in an alternative. Acne Facials. Created specifically to get to the root of your problems, acne facials have proven time and time again their success on even the more severe cases. At Clinically Clear we focus on what is going on under the surface. We are here to make this an easy decision for you. Keep reading to understand what an acne facial is and how it can help YOU.
What is an acne facial?
Acne facials were created specifically for estheticians to focus in on your pesky bumps. During your initial consultation at Clinically Clear, we’ll teach you everything you (n)ever wanted to know about acne—specifically, your acne. You’ll leave your consultation with a better understanding of your skin and acne triggers. You’ll also get detailed instructions on which products to use, when and how to use them, and why they’re important. Finally, we’ll make recommendations for nutrition and lifestyle changes that will help with the treatment process.
What should I expect during my appointment?
We customize our facials to your specific skin, so the specific products and the sequence in which your esthetician deploys them may vary. However, most facials include the following elements:
This is typically the first step in your visit. It is imperative that your esthetician is able to fully analyze the “canvas” that is your skin! She may do so before or after double-cleansing your skin.
Our double cleanse properly prepares your skin for treatment. Not only does double-cleansing remove all of the dirt, oil, and makeup (if applicable) from your face, it also makes your skin more “receptive” to exfoliating products.
We exfoliate the skin to remove the outermost cells that are either dead and hanging around too long or otherwise ready to come off. This brightens the skin. More importantly it prepares it for extracting acne spots. Which in return leaves your skin ready for your home-care products to do their jobs! We may exfoliate with an enzyme, a chemical peel, or simply a scrub. It all depends upon your esthetician’s judgement of what your skin needs and can tolerate. Your esthetician may have you sit under a steam machine, or under hot towels to activate the exfoliating ingredients and to soften your pores. Note: it’s a common misconception that steam “opens” your pores. Not true. It does soften them though, and makes it easier for us to get at the bad stuff.
Another portion of an acne facial you may encounter are extractions! These can be one of the most helpful portions. As your esthetician will manually clean out blackheads and comedones from your skin. Think of it as the safest-possible form of zit popping.
If there were extractions, any remaining bacteria on the surface of your skin is obliterated. This occurs by waving a wand with a high-frequency signal over your skin. You won’t feel a thing, but those bad bugs will.
After all of that, your skin will be ready for a break. Your esthetician may apply a calming mask, or may use tools that physically cool your skin (kind of like an ice pack). Regardless, the goal is to kick-start an anti-inflammatory response.
For our acneic clients, we typically apply a gentle, oil-free moisturizer to ensure the hydrating effects of your facial treatment remain for as long as possible. Properly -hydrated skin is enemy #1 for acne. Don’t confuse hydration (water) with oil, even if you feel like all moisturizers make your skin feel “oily”.
Every acne facial should end with sunscreen application. Although you should wear SPF every day, it is especially crucial after a facial as your skin is more sensitive to the sun directly after all of that exfoliation.
How many visits until I see results?
This depends on each individual and the stage as well as severity of their acne. We cannot give you an exact amount of time before evaluating your skin. However, acne treatment typically ranges from 6-10 treatments spaced two-to-four weeks apart. In between these treatments, our clients follow a specific homecare regimen. These products typically last 3-6 months. Clear skin requires patience and good habits. Put taking care of you at the top of your “to-do” list. Schedule your complimentary consultation with Clinically Clear Atlanta today.