Dark skin is a physical trait that is present amongst diverse ethnic groups, such as African, East Asian, Latino, Middle Eastern, Mediterranean, and Native American. While skin rich in melanin can, for the most part, safely absorb ultraviolet rays, developing acne is unfortunately very common. Consequences of acne in people with dark skin include keloid (raised scar after skin has healed) formation and hyperpigmentation (dark…

Hormones and Acne: The Missing Link

Written by Ahmed Abdullah, M.D., F.A.C.S., F.I.C.S.
Acne is considered by many to be a right-of-passage that must be endured on the way to adulthood. And, the research says this may be true. It is estimated that nearly 85 percent of people develop acne at some point between ages 12 and 25, regardless of country of origin.1 However, aestheticians know that acne is no longer just a skin condition isolated to the…
Pregnancy is such an incredible and exciting event in life, but many women will admit that it can have some challenging moments, both physically and emotionally. For some, “pregnancy glow” can quickly become overshadowed by hormonal acne. Most women know that they will have to sacrifice some aspects of their life, but, often, do not know that it might include their skin. In fact, almost…
Discussing hormonal acne, the menstrual cycle, and menopause is a complicated subject and cannot be covered in its entirety in a few pages. To make it understandable, this article will be limited to the major players: estrogen, progesterone, testosterone, and dihydrotestosterone. It will focus on new ways of treating this old nemesis, so professionals can perform an acne transformation in just a few weeks, resulting…

The Pimple Puzzle: Overlooked Causes of Breakouts

Written by Ginger Downey, MS, CNS, co-owner of DermaMed Solutions, LLC
Many have experienced the incredibly annoying experience of waking up on the day of some important event only to look in the mirror and see a pimple, that was not there hours before. Why do these bad skin days seem to occur for no apparent reason, even despite the best of homecare routines? The answer is that there are a number of lesser known causes…
Often considered a teenager’s struggle, acne is becoming increasingly more prevalent amongst adults. From hormonal acne to acne cosmetica to acne rosacea and beyond – statistics for adult acne are higher than ever. And as the number of cases continues to climb, the difficulty present in eradicating the condition remains the same. Yet, solutions do exist. Acne is the most common skin condition in the…
Innovative therapies to treat skin conditions like moderate-to-severe acne and rosacea have been lacking in the past decade. Considering that acne is the most common condition presented to dermatologists, this is a rampant problem and many physicians continue to rely heavily on antibiotics. A survey to assess physician preferences for 15 drug systems found they “prefer topical delivery, either as a transdermal patch or topical…
There are several well-documented, root causes of acne. These include overproduction of sebum, increased presence of selective bacteria, higher skin pH, hormonal flux, hyperkeratosis (faster skin growth), underlying inflammation, and even skin dehydration and product occlusion. People who exhibit these symptoms of acne usually show one or a combination of more than one of these conditions. These types of conditions and symptoms can, and do,…

Tackling Teenage Acne

Written by Louis Silberman
In a world where personal images are so easily accessible, dealing with teenage acne can be especially challenging. Many are familiar with a recent incident involving gorgeous model Kendall Jenner, who, sporting a few pimples on the red carpet, received some fairly heartbreaking backlash regarding her complexion on social media – almost as if she had done something wrong. Professionals know that acne is no…
Having a clean and healthy complexion is important for all age groups, but it can be especially difficult for teenagers as they experience hormonal changes and acne breakouts regularly. The teenage years can also be filled with anxiety and stress, particularly when it comes to appearance. These stressors can cause undue internal stress on skin cells, elevating levels of free radicals in the skin, which…
Acne is a well-known adversary for teenagers, but more and more adults are now enduring the challenges of acne-related skin conditions. According to the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD), adults continue to get acne well into their 30s, 40s, and even 50s, and it is even possible to get acne for the first time as an adult. Adult-onset acne is most common among women going…
Characterized as depressions in the skin, whether shallow or deep, acne scarring occurs in reaction to skin trauma. Experimentation and technological advancement has led to the development of a multitude of treatment options, but the likelihood of each being effective varies as this is one of the more difficult skin issues to reverse.
Acne is one of the most common skin diseases to occur in adults. Clinical studies have shown that between 40 and 55 percent of adults between the ages of 20 and 40 have been diagnosed with low level, recurring acne and oily skin.
Acne treatment is one of the leading reasons clients seek out professional help. While skin care professionals do not diagnose or treat acne, they must be aware of this skin condition and know how to properly provide a facial. Performing consistent, effective facial treatments will not only benefit the client’s overall appearance, but will also help bolster their self-esteem. Both results are, perhaps, the most…

Looking to Nature for Acne Answers

Written by Rachael Pontillo, LE, M.Msc, CIHC, CNAP
Acne is a skin condition with many causes, types, and presentations, affecting both sexes of all ages and ethnicities. Its effects are lasting – both physically and emotionally – and there is a great deal that skin care professionals can do to help acne clients get relief and reduce the long-term impact that breakouts have on the skin.
Treating acne requires a proper homecare regimen, an understanding of client allergies and intolerances, and regular visits to a skin care professional. A knowledgeable aesthetician will use a variety of professional products and modalities to deeply cleanse, exfoliate, decongest, and disinfect the skin, as well as soothe and heal any inflammation associated with acne.

The Ins and Outs of Adult Acne

Written by Courtney La Marine, L.E., owner of Clove Studios
Acne is one of those pesky problems people like to leave in their teenage years. Adult acne is prevalent now more than ever. Some people experience acne throughout their life; products or treatments may temporarily alleviate it, but it is always there, rearing its ugly head. Others experience adult on-set acne. While there are many factors that can contribute to breakouts, whether in adolescence or…

At Home Hindrances to Successful Acne Therapy

Written by Jaclyn Strausser, L.M.E., senior account executive at SkinCeuticals
Professional treatments are essential to addressing skin concerns and acne is no different. Most clients believe that going to the spa and doing a handful of treatments will clear their skin. While in-office treatments do improve the skin at an accelerated rate, it is not a one-shot answer to maintaining breakout-free skin. Treatments are typically done six to 12 times a year and it is…
There is no doubt that acne can be extremely stressful for clients. However unsightly a breakout may be, clients look forward to the future because they know that the unsightly blemishes will not last forever; that is until they realize that once the blemishes heal, they sometimes have to deal with unsightly dark spots. They often cannot help but wonder what is really going on.

Clients will eventually outgrow acne.

Written by Catherine Atzen, founder of ATZEN Superior to Organic™ Skin Care
While most teenagers experience some form of acne, many adults suffer from the condition well beyond their 20s and sometimes even into their 50s. The longer a client has acne, the worse their skin tends to get, often never completely repairing.

An Introduction to Teen Skin

Written by Christine Heathman, L.M.E., L.M.T., owner and CEO of GlyMed Plus
Teenager appears to be the expressive idiom for uncontrollable hormones as adolescent bodies experience various physiological changes, including skin and body transformations. These changes can result in unwelcome acne and weight gain, which can directly affect a teenager's self-image. It is a complicated time of life for these young men and women. Professionally speaking, skin care professionals should pay close attention to this important, youthful…
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