Preventative Acne Treatment
Monday, 04 June 2007 10:09

Preventative Acne Treatment

Written by   Rena Levi Gibson

Perfection. It’s what we all strive for in life, our families, and business. But, beginning at a very young age, it’s the perfection of the reflection we see in the mirror that becomes a daily goal. From the moment we notice that first flaw, perhaps the small whitehead or the “it happened overnight” exacerbated and full-blown pimple, the first attacks on facial perfection can quickly escalate to a full-blown war.


It doesn’t have to be a pre-teen issue that becomes a teen life crisis, which seems to last forever. The properly trained aesthetician is an effective resource for educating clients about how to make healthy lifestyle choices that produce healthy, naturally glowing skin.
Blackheads, whiteheads, red bumps, and oily glands make their way to the skin’s surface, and with the proper care even at a very young age, they can be removed and disabled, halting the process. The scarring and angst that comes from an uneducated lack of prevention and poor skin care, as well as delaying early treatment, can create deeper emotional scars than those on the surface of any young boy or girl. Acne is a disorder caused by hormones; often it is hereditary, and one of the greatest triggers is stress. Skin care issues are “equal opportunity” stressors, as men and women of all races tend to suffer. Affecting a majority of the population at one time or another, acne occurs when dead skin cells and clogged sebum are in the pores of the skin, trapping bacteria, and causing infection.
Failure to remove the blackhead or whitehead usually results in aggravating the situation with increased blemishing and infection. A whitehead, or comedo, can be a very small spot, sometimes almost invisible, and manifests when the bacteria and sebum are trapped under the skin’s surface. Once the bacteria and trapped sebum are exposed to the skin’s surface and oxygen, it turns black, and is known as an open comedo or blackhead. Neither of these blemishes can simply be washed away, and until treated, they will remain inflamed causing further infection.
It is preferable to physically remove the blackheads and whiteheads rather than stripping the skin of its natural oils with acids and other unnatural formulations. These harsh treatments ultimately irritate the skin, sending a message to the brain to produce more oil, which starts the acne cycle to repeat over and over again. A normal amount of oil produced by the body will heal the skin once the blackheads and whiteheads are removed.
But suffering with acneic skin isn’t necessary and can even be avoided if we educate our communities regarding the benefits of prevention and early treatment. Then we can treat the symptoms and beat the problem. This is good news to most people because there is a common perception that acne is just something that has to be endured. Clients whose skin has been cleared will return again and again to the “magic” that helps them maintain their clear and healthy skin. As a result, aestheticians can effectively: (A.) have satisfied and healthy clients, and (B.) build and sustain a client base in a successful profession. A satisfied client is your best advertisement because they will return for additional treatments and they will refer other clients… and the generations will follow.
It is important to emphasize that there is no age that is “too young” to learn how to care for one’s skin. Parents should not hesitate to take their children to qualified aestheticians for early and preventative acne treatments. While most people think of a facial as a relaxing, peaceful, “vacation” moment, it can and should be a time for deep cleansing of the skin. As more and more aestheticians become aware of the benefits of deep cleansing the skin, more and more clients will experience the satisfying results of clear, healthy skin.
Since most treatment sessions last about an hour, a gentle, 10 minute steaming of the face is all that is necessary to open the pores, permitting the aesthetician to work for the next 30 minutes to clean and clear the skin. First, clean the skin with an appropriate cleanser, followed by a very mild scrub for about 60 seconds (if the skin is too raw, continue without scrubbing). After steaming the face, begin to clear the blemish. Remember that the skin should be gently pulled back, rather than pinched (which causes the breaking of tissue cells, causing scarring). Then the finest sizing of blood lancet (if permitted in your state) is used to create a tiny opening for the blackhead or whitehead, which will easily disengage with the assistance of the aesthetician’s index and thumb wrapped thinly in wet cotton. The same is true for a full-blown pimple filled with pus. The face may then be sprayed with an astringent and all residue thoroughly removed.
After removing the blackheads and whiteheads, it is preferable to again spray the skin or wipe with cotton that is wrapped around the fingers, thereby decreasing the possibility of contaminating and infecting the skin. It is best to use an astringent created from aloe vera or cucumber. Regardless of the severity of the client’s condition, it is possible through methodical and tender treatment to have the client leave without any bruising. At the end of the treatment, apply a cleansing and renewal mask for 10 to 15 minutes. Remove the mask gently with a warm towel, then apply a moisturizer or a serum and sunscreen.
For most clients, a monthly maintenance is recommended. For those with severe cases, a weekly clinical facial is necessary until all signs of acne are removed. The client and the aesthetician will see a significant difference from week to week.

YOU ARE WHAT YOU EAT
Aestheticians should also see themselves as educators. We can teach our clients about diet and its effect on the skin, which will prove to be a tremendous asset in the fight against acne. While there is still much controversy about diet and acne - whether it’s the increase in insulin that is caused by some foods or an increase in the level of male hormones in the body - it is important to encourage your clients to limit their intake of fatty, oily, and high-sugar foods and drinks as part of a regimen to help clear the skin. While these foods may not cause the acne, limiting them almost always helps to clear the skin – and it provides the client with a healthy, pro-active agenda that will be reinforced as they begin to see positive results. Yogurt or acidophilus, in its most natural form, helps to kill bacteria throughout the body, including in skin related issues.

CLEAR EQUALS CLEAR
Water has been a cleansing agent for millennia, and increasing the volume of water that is consumed by your clients is one of the most practical ways to help clear the skin. The classic and longtime reports of the need for eight glasses of water a day remain true, as it is a primary method of cleansing impurities from the body. Not only does it assist in our digestion, circulation, and transportation of nutrients throughout our bodies, it flushes away the toxins that build up within. That build-up can find its way to the skin’s pores in the form of blackheads, whiteheads, and other forms of acne.

“A” IS FOR APPLE
The “apples” of the cheeks will be clean and healthy with a hearty amount of vitamin A, which is found in many natural foods. In addition to encouraging your clients to eat more foods such as apricots, broccoli, carrots, green and red peppers, and tomatoes, you can teach them to make a natural astringent in their home. All they have to do is take one cup of clean spinach and run it through the blender to create a non-acidic, inexpensive astringent. The juice from one cup of blended spinach can be used during daily cleansings, and the leaves that don’t liquefy can be used as a mask, applied and left on the skin for 10 minutes once or twice a week.

“C” CLEARS IT UP
Not enough can be said about the use of vitamin C in all areas of health and beauty. Another easy, once a week, at-home treatment that you can teach your clients is to slice an orange, lemon, or grapefruit and use it to thoroughly scrub the skin’s surface. There isn’t a better natural bleaching agent!

“D” ISN’T DEADLY
Limited exposure to the sun - generally two to three times a week for fifteen minutes at a time - in low light, will help both the skin and bones. Your clients should be advised to use UVB protection sunscreen, because soaking in oils for the purpose of tanning to achieve a “healthy glow” isn’t the goal. But this limited exposure to the sun, in addition to a recommended dose of vitamin D supplements, and foods including salmon, mackerel, sardines, milk, beef liver, and eggs will also help to safely increase the amount of vitamin D.

ZZZ’s BRING OUT THE BEST
One of the most important, and easiest ways to create healthy skin is for your clients to get enough rest. In addition to the dark circles and drooping skin under the eyes that are common evidences of sleep deprivation, it is also common to see a tremendous increase in the breakout of blackheads and whiteheads in those circumstances. Therefore, it’s extremely important to emphasize the necessity of a full, uninterrupted eight to nine hours of sleep each night. This is especially true for students during the time of exams and business people with daily stress and deadlines – they should understand that sleep is a requirement, not a recommendation for healthier skin.

MAMA KNEW BEST
From the time we are young, our mother’s have asked “Did you wash behind your ears?” Clinical facials, the right foods, enough rest… all are important parts of a daily, healthy regimen of good hygiene and successful skin care. A weekly facial wash with baking soda is an additional cleansing agent for at-home treatment of early onset blackheads. Adequate maintenance - washing with a cleanser twice a day and especially following any physical exercise - is imperative. Teaching the client to maintain this routine, with a positive balance so that they don’t over clean and dry out the skin, is primary to changing lifestyle choices to create healthy skin.

NUTURING FROM NATURE
From the ground up, nature has provided essential resources for our well-being for thousands and thousands of years. We as aestheticians are more than beautifiers and more than therapists. We can help our clients learn more about how to choose healthy lifestyles that help prevent the onset of acne, rather than constantly reacting to troubled and stressed skin. When your clients see the aesthetician as a partner in creating healthy skin, both parties will benefit. The client will be happy and healthy, and the aesthetician will have a happy and healthy clientele.

With over 30 years of experience as an aesthetician and skin care business owner, Rena Levi specializes in clinical facials and body solutions that focus on the treatment of difficult skin problems, including acne, rosacea, and other forms and the signs of aging. She has invented an effective line of skin care products with formulations that utilize natural ingredients. Her treatment methods are safe and effective on all skin types and conditions, regardless of gender or ethnicity. The evidence of her expertise is clearly demonstrated in the faces of her clients!

Want to read more?

Subscribe to one of our monthly plans to continue reading this article.

Related items

  • Successful Upselling Foreward Successful Upselling Foreward
     
     


    Upselling and add-ons – a challenging subject to talk about even in the best of times. But here we are in the middle of an economic crisis, so you must be asking yourself how we could possibly consider this a reasonable topic when you are just happy you are able to sustain your clientele. Many of you are probably thinking there is no way you would jeopardize that relationship by asking the client to spend more money. All of which are perfectly reasonable thoughts and questions. However, I will ask you to put them in a box briefly, clear your mind, and be open to consideration for just a moment.

    Let me give you an example of an effective suggestion that happens millions of times, everyday, all around the world. You go to your favorite restaurant; you sit down, and look over the menu. Your server comes to the table and takes your order, you tell him what you would like and he confirms your order then says, “Would you like a salad with that tonight, or can I interest you in a glass of wine?” A perfectly harmless question, that was neither painful nor offensive. At worst you say “No, thank you.” At best, he just enhanced your dining experience, increased your bill, and ultimately his tip. Job well done!

  • Creating the Ideal Retail Mix - December 2008 Creating the Ideal Retail Mix - December 2008
    by Melinda Minton

    Selling retail is an essential part of a well run spa. This is true not only because the additional revenue is so crucial to a spa's bottom line, but also because prescriptive home care is the necessary second step to the professional care given to a client in the spa. While mastering the retail sale can be difficult from a team or individual perspective, there are methods for making your spa’s retail routine hum.

     

     

    Your Spa's Style

    Oftentimes spas try to sell a bit of everything in an attempt to accommodate everyone. This can be a fatal error. The more fragmented your retail mix the more clients and staff will be confused. There must be a driving force behind your spa philosophy. Are you primarily a spa focused in on medical skin care, contouring services, water therapies, or all organic non-ablative therapies? Before you can determine the best retail mix for your spa, you really need to dig deep and understand your theme, focus, and primary therapeutic offerings. Moreover, remember that if you can’t get the product on them in the treatment room—there is a much smaller chance that the client will be taking the product home with them for further use when not at the spa. Integrating the treatment experience with the retail experience is crucial. When determining your retail mix, be cognizant of your client. Do you primarily offer clinical services or is your treatment mix somewhat more “fluffy” or gift-oriented?

  • Deal or No Deal Deal or No Deal

    When Sarah Hughes skated off with the gold medal, she pulled off one of the biggest upsets in Olympic history. Her surprisingly simple secret? “I didn’t skate for a gold medal. I went out and had a great time.”

    Athletes say it all the time: “I just went out there and had fun.” And, admittedly, they do look like they’re having a great time.

    Fortunately, fun isn’t the sole province of superstar athletes. It can work for the rest of us in the skin care industry, too. The link between having fun and business success has been proven in countless studies. When we’re having fun on the job, we are more creative and more productive.

     

  • Sugar... Not Just for Coffee Anymore Sugar... Not Just for Coffee Anymore

    by Lina Kennedy

    A couple of decades ago, offering cream and sugar for anything other than coffee or tea would have sounded quite ridiculous! But in today’s realm of aesthetics and cosmetics promoting coffee and chocolate to soothe even the jitteriest skin, or offering sugar as a real hair removal solution to an age-old problem is very realistic. And as post treatment, applying a good trans-dermal cream to hydrate and moisturize the skin is simply a great, soothing and natural way to complete your sugaring service.

  • Jan Marini - August 2010: A Legend in Aesthetics
    By
    Jan Marini - August 2010: A Legend in Aesthetics
    Jan Marinin

     

    Those who know Jan Marini refer to her as a visionary. While Jan might agree in principle, she sees this characterization as both a strength and a weakness. She envies those who are able to savor the moment. Where others view life in snapshots that capture real time, Jan sees broad borderless landscapes and endless possibilities. She does not see a product, she sees a business and in that same instance her mind is flooded with the business plan and all the accompanying details. Even when she is not envisioning empires, she is never satisfied with the status quo.
    Given her background, perhaps this is an understandable if not necessary survival tool. Jan’s mother, Florence, was a single mom of three boys in an era when divorce carried a major stigma. Florence remarried and unexpectedly gave birth to Jan late in life. The family struggled to live a very meager existence. Her father died when she was eight years old and the family was thrust into poverty. Florence worked only menial jobs and food was often scarce. It was no wonder that Jan viewed her world not as it was, but as it might be, and that she softened the bleak reality by envisioning a larger and more optimistic scenario brimming with potential. Because of her early circumstances, Jan is adamant that in order to succeed you must be tenacious, doggedly determined, and completely focused on the ultimate goal.
    Jan describes herself as a product researcher. “Back in the early days I was considered a product ingredient expert. I lectured to medical professionals, skin care professionals, and consumers about how ingredients really performed and what they could realistically expect to provide.” She also did talk radio and T.V., because as she puts it, “consumers love to hear about ingredients and whether their products really work. It is a popular topic that lends itself to talk shows.”
Login to post comments

January 2023

Skin Care Blogs

Brands of the Month

  • Eminence Organic Skin Care
  • Face Reality Skincare
  • Celluma by Biophotas, Inc
body { overflow-y: auto; } html, body { min-width: unset; }