June is acne awareness month. Acne is a skin condition that affects most people at some point in their lives, and it usually affects the face, back and chest. Approximately 95% of people aged 11-30 suffer from some form of acne. It is most common in girls aged 14-17 or boys aged 16-19, however it can affect individuals at any age. Women tend to suffer with acne more commonly, therefore this supports the notion that it is often hormone-related.
Acne begins to form when sebum and dead skin cells clog the hair follicles. This is usually initiated through a hormonal change in the body, leading to the sebaceous gland producing excess sebum. This build-up of sebum within the hair follicle can stimulate bacteria growth which can then result in inflammation and infection.
At Cosmetic Courses, we have a range of treatments and products available to combat acne.
AquaPure is a bespoke facial where the practitioner will choose from a variety of handpieces to target your main skin concerns. For acne-prone skin, the practitioner is likely to incorporate both the lactic acid and salicylic peel, rejuvenation using hyaluronic acid serum, electroporation and cooling.
Lactic acid peel: This step uses lactic acid to exfoliate the dead skin cells on the superficial layer of the skin and encourage new cell turnover. By exfoliating these dead skin cells, this acid helps to fade pigmentation left behind after acne breakouts. Overall, this step will help to reduce congestion and deeply cleanse the skin.
Salicylic acid peel: This step uses salicylic acid to loosen and unclog the dead skin cells, helping to decongest the skin. It has anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties, therefore helping to reduce redness as well as the size and frequency of breakouts.
Rejuve+: This uses a combination of hyaluronic acid and antioxidant-rich ingredients to nourish and hydrate the skin.
Electroporation: For this step, our hyaluronic acid serum is applied to the skin and the machine uses a small current to push the product into the deeper layers of the skin.
Both of these hydrating settings are extremely beneficial to those who suffer with acne, as dry skin could trigger the sebaceous glands to secrete more sebum, leading to more congestion and further breakouts.
Cooling: Cooling the skin helps to reduce inflammation and redness, whilst also enhancing the skin’s repair.
At Cosmetic Courses, we use the Epionce Lite Refresh and Corrective chemical peels. These use a combination of malic and salicylic acid along with botanical extracts to calm the skin throughout the peel.
Salicylic acid: Salicylic acid is keratolytic, meaning it helps to loosen and unclog the dead skin cells, helping to decongest the skin. By exfoliating these dead skin cells, this acid helps to fade pigmentation left behind after acne breakouts. It has anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties, therefore helping to reduce redness as well as the size and frequency of breakouts.
Malic acid: Encourages cell turnover, therefore reducing problem bacteria as it decreases the build-up of dead skin cells that can block the pores. This reveals brighter, clearer and smoother skin.
For your first peel, we will start with the Lite Refresh to see how your skin tolerates the treatment, and then this can be built up to the Corrective Peel if needed.
Once the acne is calmed, individuals can be left with some scarring. Microneedling is a great treatment to combat this. As a collagen-induction therapy, this method causes micro-trauma to the skin which forces the skin to heal itself by creating new collagen. It targets the body’s own natural healing response to rebuild and smooth out the skin around the scars, improving their appearance.
At Cosmetic Courses, we hold a wide range of products to help with any of your skin needs, including acne.
Reveal Glycolic Wash: This cleanser contains 5% glycolic acid which increases the skin’s cell turnover, reducing the build-up of dead skin cells that cause congestion. It also helps to fade the appearance of post-acne blemishes. This product also contains 2% salicylic acid, helping to remove impurities and excess oil from the skin.
Epionce Purifying Wash: This wash can be used both for the face and body. It contains 0.6% salicylic acid to penetrate the pores to reduce acne blemishes and to prevent new ones from forming.
Epionce Purifying Spot Gel: This is a clinically-proven spot treatment that directly targets stubborn acne blemishes on both the face and body. It helps to prevent the formation of new breakouts in the area and penetrates the pores to control active breakouts.
EYN Endurance Moisturiser: This is a light-weight moisturiser to be used daily for optimal skin hydration. It is important to keep the skin hydrated if you suffer with acne, as dry and dehydrated skin could lead to a larger production of oils to combat this. This moisturiser also has anti-inflammatory properties and so can help to calm the skin.
Heliocare SPF50: A physical SPF50 is the best option for an individual with acne-prone skin as it contains less ingredients that are likely to cause a reaction in the skin. It simply sits on the skin’s surface and deflects the sun’s rays, while an alternative physical SPF will often contain synthetic fragrances which could irritate and worsen the skin for some acne-prone skins.
Advice on How to Manage Acne
- In your skin-care routine, try to stick to non-comedogenic products. These tend to be more water-based rather than oil-based, and are formulated in a specific way which makes them not as likely to cause blockages in the pores and therefore breakouts.
- Try to incorporate more gentle products into your skincare routine. Using harsh chemicals can strip the skin of vital oils which could make the skin overcompensate and produce excess sebum, potentially blocking the pores and causing the cycle to repeat itself.
- Avoid having showers or baths that are too hot. This could cause moisture loss to the skin and lead to unbalance, stimulating the skin’s sebaceous glands and excess sebum production.
- Avoid excessive sun exposure, including the use of sunbeds. This can worsen acne as it dries out the skin, leading to an increase in sebum production.
- Wear an SPF50 daily. The sun can dry out the skin, leading the body to produce more sebum and causing blocked pores, and therefore acne.
- If you do suffer with sensitive skin or are prone to breakouts, avoid using a chemical sunscreen. Instead, opt for a physical one. This is because chemical sunscreens are absorbed into the skin and have the potential to irritate acne-prone skins, whereas physical sunscreens sit on the surface.
- You should always shower immediately after exercise to reduce the build up of sweat, dirt and bacteria that may have gathered on the skin.
Acne Awareness offer
FREE Skin consultation & £25.00 of your next treatment along with EYN Clear Skin product kit for £76.50 (RRP £96)
How to order
FREE consultation & £25 off your next treatment – contact us on 01844 335110 quoting Acne awareness month
EYN Clear skin kit Shop online
☎️ 01844 335110