Acne Education Month
Acne usually appears in the teenage years, but some people begin to have acne in their 20's or 30's and sometimes Acne is a skin condition that stays for a long time! There are several reasons for acne: an increased production of sebum from sebaceous glands, abnormal increase of cornification in the hair follicle, proliferation of P. acne bacteria, genetic reasons and inflammatory reactions.
There are also several types of Acne - which are classified in grades from 1 to 4:
Whiteheads: stay under the surface of the skin. (Grade 1)
Blackheads: oxidized sebum trapped in the pores. (Grade 1)
Papules: small pink bumps that can be tender. (Grade1-2)
Pustules: red bumps at the bottom with pus on the top.(Grade 3)
Nodules: large painful solid pimples deep in the skin.(Grade 3-4)
Cysts: deep painful pus-filled pimples can cause scars.(Grade 4)
Acne affects approximately 17 million people and is the most dermatologic condition treated by physicians and estheticians within the United States. There are a number of treatments on the market today to treat acne these range from anti-biotics, to facial treatments such as chemical peels, to Laser, and most recently - INTRAcel RF Microneedling. These treatments are effective for treating the symptoms of acne.
In the Spa pore clarifying treatments combined with home care topical products are very effective in diminishing the appearance of acne prone skin. Acne means oil control is a must. The Institut' DERMed Clarifying Infusion Facial is recommended for combination, oily, excessively oily and congested skin types. This clarifying deep pore cleansing facial is designed to reduce the appearance of oily, congested skin with the clarifying ingredients necessary to help achieve a confidently clear complexion.
Long term results can be achieved with a skin care regimen at home containing oil controlling ingredients: a cleansing facial wash containing Salicylic Acid and Tea Tree Oil helps acne prone skin decongest pores and remove oil, and a weekly Clarifying peel formulated with Pumpkin Enzymes and L-Lactic Acid combined with a weekly Clarifying Mask formulated with BioFense Probiotic® and Lichochalcone® will absorb oil and decongest pores ensuring your skin will remain clean and clear. It's important to note that a gentle oil-free moisturizer is important to help restore moisture balance.
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Photo-aging is often the first sign that your skin has been damaged from sun exposure. Brown spots, known as hyper-pigmentation can be caused by UVA & UVB light. After years of sun exposure these dark spots begin to rear their ugly heads on our faces, hands and body.
Reducing these signs of sun damage can also reduce your risk of developing skin cancer. Many of the treatments for photoaging not only restore a more youthful appearance, but also reduce the risk for developing precancers.
Targeting dark spots that often result from over exposure to sunlight is best achieved with regular treatments containing active ingredients such as those contained in the Institut’ DERMed Brightening Product category.
Regular facial treatments can be a tool in the fight against skin cancer. Research has shown that peels, along with other facial-resurfacing techniques, may help reduce the presence of skin lesions and precancerous conditions that can develop into skin cancers..
Treatment Spotlight - Fundamental Level 101 Brightening Facial
After a superficial cleanse to remove make up the Brightening treatment begins with a corrective cleanse using the Institut' DERMed Brightening Skin Cleanser – An aromatic foaming gel treatment cleanser formulated with Kojic acid designed to initiate the brightening process. This deep cleanse of the skin helps to prepare for the application of the corrective products that will exfoliate and even the skin tone.
After the cleanse we apply the Institut' DERMed Brightening Skin Toner – A potent anti-oxidant treatment toner formulated with L-ascorbic acid, L-glutathione enzyme and Spin Trap molecules to help protect the skin against environmental stressors and free radical reactions by rapidly releasing skin cells as well as dissolving oil.
We then apply the Institut’ DERMed Enhancing Micro Crystal Polish, a highly effective exfoliater formulated with Diamond Corundum Crystals and Jojoba Beads to polish away dead skin cells, improve overall texture and refine pores in preparation for the Brightening Peel.
The Institut' DERMed Brightening Peel is formulated with 10% -Lactic Acid to increase cellular exfoliation, brighten and re-texturize the skin. The Pearl Powder in this formula is rich in micro-nutrient anti-oxidants helping to protect against environmental damage and improve the rate of cell renewal.
Our prize winning (Dermascope Aestheticians choice award) Institut' DERMed Brightening Mask is an excellent post peel treatment as it is very hydrating as well as brightening and helps to fade stubborn uneven skin tone. Formulated with Licorice Root Extract and SymWhite®77 to rapidly improve the appearance of dark spots and uneven, patchy skin.
An application of Institut' DERMed Vital C Serum – formulated with L-ascorbic acid, DHEA-ascorbic and calcium ascorbic then helps to increase skin firmness and create a more youthful appearance.
Always complete this and any other facial treatment with an application of Brightening Moisturizer, a light weight SPF15 - all in one Micronized Titanium Dioxide, Oxybenzone and Sodium PCA moisturizer for daily use to hydrate and protect.
When we are dealing with skin that has been over exposed to the sun very often we are dealing with more than one issue, and this regimen is ideal for promoting overall healthy skin.
Heading into Spring there may still be some unexpectedly cooler temperatures here and there, but the evenings are starting to stay brighter longer and the days noticeably more sunny. Early Spring is the perfect time to say goodbye to dry, winter skin and prepare your face and body for spending more time outdoors.
Exfoliation is the process of removing dry, damaged skin cells from the surface of the skin; Exfoliation helps to increase skin regeneration, boost elasticity and create a smoothness (minimizing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles). Natural aging may be unavoidable but exfoliation contributes to “healthy skin aging” by delaying or preventing the visible appearance of skin aging. Strengthening your skin’s ability to retain moisture is the key to youthful looking skin.
The more hydrated your skin is, the more youthful it will look and moisturizing on top of a layer of dead dry skin buildup won't accomplish much. Dry winter skin can also just feel itchy and uncomfortable and clog pores leading to more breakouts if you are acne prone.
Using both a topical and a physical exfoliant in a skin care regime will keep those dead, dry skin cells at bay. An exfoliating scrub such as the Enhancing Micro Crystal Polish with corundum crystals and jojoba beads and an exfoliating peel such as the Brightening peel with Lactic Acid will also break up pigmented areas, sloughing off those damaged skin cells to help even the skin tone and brighten for a gorgeous healthy glow.
In clinic this is a great time of the year to add on a professional peel, a microdermabrasion or a dermaplaning to your regular facial treatment. Spring is here - get your Dermed glow on!