Our approach to treating acne is to reduce bacteria and inflammation, increase cellular exfoliation and support proper wound healing. Acne is a wound to the skin, this is important to remember as we should always use healing and skin strengthening products. As we treat bacteria and oil production it’s imperative to equally address healing and inflammation support.
Every acne regimen and treatment plan is slightly different and unique. We recommend a customized series of acne treatments with a specific home care regimen. A series of treatments allows clients to be proactive instead of reacting to acne flare ups.
Stress – The number one factor affecting acne. Stress stimulates the adrenal glands; for women, this may be a problem because these glands produce much of the male hormones. Men produce only a small amount of testosterone in the adrenal glands. Since men also produce higher levels of testosterone, surges of it from stress have less of an effect on acne. Usually flare-ups occur about 14 days following a stress response.
Nutrition – Avoid foods with iodides; salts, processed foods, fast foods, excessive dairy, soy sauce, MSG, alcohol, and caffeine. Some drugs even trigger existing acne conditions. Drink at least 6 to 8 glasses of water every day.
Hormones – Hormones also affect acne. Specifically, testosterone stimulates the development of sebaceous follicles and attached oil glands. This is a ma factor during adolescence when hormones are very active. Hormonal fluctuation during menstrual cycles accounts for acne flare-ups. It is the increase of progesterone that aggravates acne conditions in women. Increased estrogen generally relieves acne, which is why physicians prescribe birth control pills.
Picking & Touching – Improper squeezing and extractions may rupture the follicle wall and cause bacteria to spread. Touching irritates skin and feeds bacteria from fingers and hands.
Drying – Overuse of very drying skin care products may cause the sebaceous glands to produce more oil.
Excessive and/or Abrasive Scrubbing – Over-cleansing and excessive scrubbing can over-stimulate the production of sebum in the follicle and worsen acne conditions. The formation of acne begins with sebum.
Cosmetics – Fragrances, dyes and preservatives are irritating to sensitive and acne-prone skins and should be avoided.
Skin Irritants – Soap powders (all-natural, fragrance- free is best), fabric softeners, shampoos, conditioners, hair sprays, etc. are all irritants to existing acne conditions. Rinse laundry thoroughly, replace pillow cases, and never use the same wash cloth more than once.