Acne is one of the most prevalent skin disorders that occurs in people of all ages. It can affect babies, teens, adults and even the elderly. Almost everyone will have to deal with acne to some degree in their lifetime. The skin and face are the first things people see when meeting someone, and many acne sufferers feel they are judged negatively because of the condition of their skin which results in psychological distress. The most important thing for acne sufferers to understand is that there are treatments available to help improve this skin condition that affects 50 million people in the United States alone.
Acne is defined as a chronic inflammatory disorder of the sebaceous glands, caused by many different factors. It occurs when hair follicles become plugged with sebum (oil), dead skin cells, and bacteria. This bacteria flourishes as it is trapped and continues to irritate and inflame the hair follicle, causing the sebaceous glands to clog. There are several different types of acne.
- Blackheads (open comedones) are open follicles with a black surface plug. These are typically found on the nose.
- Whiteheads (closed comedones) are plugged follicles that stay under the skin and form a white bump. They are generally soft and easy to extract.
- Papules are inflamed lesions that are elevated on the skin and do not contain pus. These papules give the skin a bumpy texture.
- Pustules are inflamed lesions that are filled with bacterial fluid and pus.
- The more severe type of acne is Nodular Cystic. This is characterized by inflamed hard lesions that are trapped very deep in the skin and become plugged with dead skin cells.
What Causes Acne?
Genetics and hormones are the two major causes of acne. Androgen is the male hormone and is produced in the adrenal glands in both men and women. This hormone has been identified by dermatologists as the main trigger in acne development. In my experience in treating clients with acne, hormonal changes play the most important role in setting off this common skin disorder. At Hawaiian Experience Spa I see acne mainly starting in teenagers between the ages of 10 and 13 when there is an increase in hormone production. Most women also experience higher levels of testosterone and lower levels of estrogen during ovulation, menstruation, pregnancy, and menopause. It is during this shift of hormonal influence that women are more likely to develop breakouts and or adult acne.
There are several treatments available today to address acne. It is important to note that not all acne sufferers have to make a trip to the dermatologist. As a matter of fact, many dermatologists advise their patients to be under the care of aestheticians who provide treatments that specifically target acne. Therefore, your first step is to visit an aesthetician for a professional acne facial with an organic skin care line such as Eminence Organic Skin Care Products. Eminence is #1 for skin care results in the natural & organic skin care industry. They deliver products that are safe and gentle for your skin and are proudly free of parabens, animal by-products, propylene glycol, sodium lauryl sulphates, harmful colorants and fragrances, mineral oils, petroleum, and other harsh cosmetic chemicals. Eminence Organic Skin Care Products, which are made from fruits, vegetables, herbs, and flowers have a group of products specifically formulated for acne. They contain key ingredients such as glycolic and lactic acids that slough off dead skin cells improving the appearance and texture of the skin. These products are loaded with antioxidants to fight free radicals and promote healthy skin cells. Eminence also has a line called “clear skin” that includes a probiotic cleanser, mask, moisturizer, and vitamin supplements for those with acne or reactive skin types.
Your Facial Treatment
Some people feel that facials are a luxury and not a necessity. However, in order to take care of our skin, which is our largest organ, regular facials are necessary – especially if you have a skin condition such as acne. Facials can be very relaxing but there is also so much therapy that takes place on a cellular level. Facials promote blood circulation, cell renewal, and stimulation to name a few of the benefits. It is recommended to get a facial every four weeks as this is the time it takes for our skin to regenerate. A facial begins with a thorough cleansing of the skin and is typically followed by a skin analysis where the aesthetician will determine which products to use to target the specific problem areas. If you have acne, your aesthetician will choose products specifically formulated for that condition. The treatment part of the facial starts with the exfoliation of the skin where the dead skin cells are removed and the skin’s texture is improved. This is probably one of the most important steps due to the stimulation and oxygenation of the skin. Light extractions of blackheads and whiteheads are then performed and followed up by a facial mask. The masks used are soothing and healing leaving the skin refreshed and revitalized. The aesthetician will then use a corrective serum or booster to further enhance the treatment. The final step to a facial is the application of a moisturizer and or sunblock keeping the skin hydrated and protected.
Following up a facial with a skin care home regimen is crucial for those affected by acne. Due to acne being so common, there are thousands of skin care companies that make over the counter products which contain harsh ingredients and end up causing more damage and irritation to the skin itself. Unfortunately these acne sufferers are desperate, often turning to heavy use of prescriptions, and harsh chemical products when there are more natural ways to clear acne. When you receive an Eminence acne facial by an aesthetican she will recommend Eminence products to use at home. By using the take home products and following your aesthetician’s instructions you can effectively treat acne and improve your skin complexion in a natural and healthy way.