When you first see the signs of a pimple popping up on your face or neck you probably immediately reach for the nearest acne-fighting tools that you can get your hands on. For millions of people that means something you found on the shelf of a drugstore, a local big-box store, or online.
Unfortunately there is no guarantee that your skincare routine is actually going to work to get rid of your acne. Instead, you are paying money for products and going through the motions while still seeing that frustrating acne on your face, neck, or body. If that sounds like you, it might be time to enlist the help of a professional in treating your acne. Here are three reasons you shouldn’t be fighting this on your own.
The skincare products you find on the shelf of a local big-box store or online are usually formulated for a mass market. That means they are not specific to your needs. Everyone has different skin, which means treating acne requires a specialized regimen that has:
When you are just winging it buying things from the drugstore or online, you may not be helping your acne at all. You may even be doing things that could make acne worse. Working with a skincare professional ensures that you get exactly the right products based on your skin and your acne-fighting needs.
Anyone who has spent a few minutes online or standing in a skincare aisle knows that there are a lot of products. Thousands to choose from, in fact. Each one has marketing claims about being the best thing for to fight acne and clear up skin, but without advanced knowledge of skincare ingredients it’s hard to know which products you can trust.
When you work with a professional to get a skincare and acne treatment regimen, you get knowledge and expertise of all the ingredients and tools available to design a routine that will work.
The products you can buy at the store—and some that you can buy online—don’t always have the highest quality ingredients. Some companies cut corners or use fillers and cheap ingredients to make their products more affordable. A skincare professional can help you sort through the products that won’t work to recommend the ones with the highest quality ingredients to be most effective.
Schedule a consultation with a Skintherapy skincare professional today to discuss your acne concerns and find products for your needs.
Just like there are several different types of acne—blackheads, whiteheads, hormonal/cystic acne, comedones, papules, pustules—there are also different types of treatment. The right treatment for your acne can vary depending on what is causing your breakouts, your skin type, and many other factors.
One of the most common treatments for acne is called a “spot treatment.” We’ll discuss how these treatments work, and when it’s best to use them.
Acne spot treatments are different from your nightly skincare routine of cleansing skin, applying toner and other serums. These treatments are specifically designed to target a new blemish when it appears and try to speed up the process to eliminate pimples. Some of these treatments work overnight, while others blend into your skin so you can use them during the day.
Most spot treatments work by delivering a powerful dose of acne-fighting ingredients to the spot where you are breaking out. Some also have added benefits of reducing redness or swelling around the area so the blemish won’t be as obvious.
While they can be useful for occasional surface-level papules and pustules (the ones with a white part that pops up above your skin), they are not effective in treating all acne. Acne spot treatments don’t work as well for:
It’s also important to note that acne spot treatments are not necessarily a miracle cure that will make your blemishes go away immediately. Acne appears as inflammation, redness, and eventually pus coming up to the skin’s surface because your skin is trying to eliminate bacteria or other stuff inside your pores. Depending on where it is in the process, spot treatments may still take time to work.
Another common issue that people encounter with spot treatments is simply not knowing what to use and when to use it. There are dozens of over-the-counter medications to choose from that contain one or more ingredients to fight acne:
The key to finding a good acne spot treatment is understanding exactly what is causing your acne and which ingredients can most effectively fight it. Using the wrong one will either not work at all, or it could irritate skin and make blemishes worse. A skincare professional can help you understand your acne and figure out which products will work to clear up skin faster.
Skintherapy offers a variety of products for acne spot treatment. Some of our top products include:
Experiencing a severe acne breakout can be embarrassing, but for some people a blemish doesn’t just go away when the pimple clears up. Acne scars can last for several weeks, months, or even years after your acne is gone. So how can you get rid of acne scars or prevent them from happening? Here are some helpful tips and effective acne scar treatment options.
Most acne scars are the result of inflammation that causes pores to swell and break through the walls of the follicle. The scarring could be short-term if it’s minor damage to the follicle that can heal. However, when the walls of the pores become significantly injured the infection can leak into nearby cells and cause further damage. Other things that can lead to acne scarring include:
When your body tries to heal the damaged tissues it produces a protein called collagen. If there isn’t enough collagen to fill in the area that was damaged it can leave an indentation. If your body produces too much collagen, it can raise the area of the skin and leave a permanent bump.
As the old saying goes, “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure,” and while Benjamin Franklin was not specifically talking about acne when he said that in the early 1700s to his fellow Philadelphians, it still applies in this case. Preventing damaging acne in the first place can help you avoid the need for more treatment later. It’s not always possible to prevent it entirely. But when you start to see frequent or severe acne it’s best to consult a professional to get the products that can help you address it. Over-the-counter products are not designed to help with severe and scarring acne, but a consultant at Skintherapy can discuss your individual needs.
The good news is that if you have scarring you don’t necessarily have to spend a fortune on facial treatments. At-home treatment with the right ingredients can help your skin heal naturally over time, the most common of which are:
However, it’s critical to get the right treatment in the right concentration to address your specific scarring. That’s where a consultation with a skincare professional comes in.
If at-home treatments aren’t enough to help with your acne, there are other options:
All these treatments should be done by a professional in a safe setting (they’re not DIY projects). Talk to Skintherapy to learn more about these and whether they are the best choice to treat your acne scarring.
If you have browsed the store shelves or talked to a skin specialist who knows about the importance of using quality ingredients to fight acne, you have probably heard of benzoyl peroxide. This is one of the most common ingredients in treating acne and here's how it works.
The surface of your skin contains thousands of tiny openings called pores. These pores are essential because they allow sweat and oil to make its way from glands below the surface of the skin up to the surface. There are two types of pores: sweat and oil. Sweat pores send moisture to the surface of your skin to cool it and keep you from overheating. Oil pores allow oil from the sebaceous glands to get to the surface and moisturize your skin naturally.
Your body also has a natural process to remove things that collect inside your pores—such as dead skin cells or dirt—so they can do their job. If you can't clear out the pores properly, things like oil, dirt, and dead skin cells collect and lead to bacteria and inflammation (resulting in acne) as your body tries to get rid of them.
Benzoyl peroxide is an antimicrobial ingredient. What that means is that it works on the surface of your skin to reduce acne-causing bacteria. Rather than trying to fight acne-causing bacteria with antibiotics that you ingest (take through your mouth), benzoyl peroxide works in the specific area where you apply it so it has fewer overall side effects than a prescription you take internally. It also doesn't lead to antibiotic resistance, which is a serious concern among medical professionals.
Once it goes to work on the bacteria that is causing acne, benzoyl peroxide makes it easier for your body to clear out dead skin cells and other things that clog your pores. It's available without a prescription in strengths ranging from 2.5% to 10%. The amount you need is based on the cause of your acne, how well your skin can tolerate it, and other factors. Start with a lower dose and increase it over time if you don't see results.
There are a few potential side effects of benzoyl peroxide, but it is generally well-tolerated by most people. If you notice excessive skin dryness stop using benzoyl peroxide and talk to a skin specialist to find out what other options are available. If you have signs of an allergic reaction, stop using it immediately and contact a doctor. It's also important to note that benzoyl peroxide can bleach hair, fabric, or clothing, so wash your hands thoroughly after applying it and skip it right before a workout so your sweat doesn't transfer it to clothing.
Schedule a consultation with a skin specialist to discuss your own acne concerns in more detail, or shop our selection of benzoyl peroxide products today.
When it comes to skin no two people are alike, so why is it that most skincare products and regimens are designed for basically anyone and everyone? While there are some underlying products and ingredients that are beneficial to help most people keep their skin clean and clear, having a more personalized skincare regimen can help you avoid skin problems like dryness, acne, and sensitivity. A more personalized approach is even more important if you have bad breakouts or suffer from embarrassing and difficult acne.
There are a lot of different skin types out there, and for many people the old approach of just using any cleanser, toner, and moisturizer just won't cut it to keep your skin clean and help you fight breakouts. Skincare experts understand that it's important to find the right combination of products that uniquely addresses your needs. If you are currently shopping at a local drugstore or supermarket to get your skincare products and you are not seeing the results you want, stop guessing at what you should be doing and instead get a personalized skincare consultation. An expert can help determine the right products, the right concentration levels, and the right combination to get the skin you want.
There are a lot of different beauty and skincare products you can select, and shopping for them might raise a lot of questions for you. Do you need a serum? When should you be using face masks? Are all moisturizers the same, or are there some that you should use in the morning versus the night?
With so many different skincare products available, it can be difficult to know exactly what to use, in what combinations, and at what time of the day for maximum impact. There are also certain ingredients are aren't designed to be used together—for example, you should avoid using retinols with acids like AHAs or BHAs. A personalized skincare regimen that is designed for you will always provide the right products in the right concentrations and combinations for the best results.
As the number of facial products available continues to increase, so do the number of products with poor or unsafe ingredients. Additionally, some over-the-counter skincare products that are generally safe might not contain high enough concentrations of active ingredients to make a difference. Products that use medical-grade ingredients that are proven to fight acne are going to give you better and faster results without worrying about harmful ingredients like parabens, or suffering with skin irritations.
Teens and adults can all benefit from a personalized approach to skincare, especially if you suffer from acne and frequent breakouts. Find out more about the benefits and schedule a consultation with Skintherapy to get your own personalized regimen today.
Hormones are a part of life for both men and women, and as they fluctuate they can lead to embarrassing and even painful hormonal acne. This type of acne can occur in your teen years or later in life, especially for women who experience fluctuating hormones as a result of pregnancy and eventually menopause, and who are more likely to experience thyroid problems.
While hormonal acne is not the same as other acne, like many other breakout concerns, you need to find the right skincare routine and possibly make some lifestyle modifications. A skincare professional who treats all types of acne can help you figure out the right approach.
Most hormonal acne will appear along your jawline and chin, although it can appear in other places. In addition, a common sign that it is hormonal (and not more traditional acne vulgaris) is cystic acne. It appears as large, irritated, and painful red bumps deep under the skin. It’s also more like to leave a scar behind without proper treatment. If this is the type of acne you’re experiencing, most over-the-counter treatments won’t be as effective, and you will benefit from seeking treatment from a skincare specialist.
Using quality products to treat hormonal acne can help significantly in your ability to control it. Ingredients like alpha hydroxy acid (AHA), high concentration of benzoyl peroxide, and retinoids have been shown to be effective at addressing this painful condition. Your best option is to schedule a consultation with a skincare specialist to identify exactly what you need and find the right products rather than just trial-and-error that could even make hormonal acne worse.
There are also some medications that a dermatologist can prescribe to help treat hormonal acne. While these can be effective at eliminating or significantly reducing breakouts, they won’t always be the best option. Medications often come with side effects that can be difficult to deal with, and in some cases the medication ingredients may not be safe to take during pregnancy, which is a time when hormonal acne commonly flares up for women.
In most cases, it’s easier (and sometimes safer) to develop an effective skincare routine to address hormonal acne so you won’t have to deal with the side effects of prescription medication.
There are a lot of advertisements for “natural” remedies, especially for hormonal acne. While plant-based or natural remedies won’t have the side effects of some prescription medications, there is often very little (or no) research behind the effectiveness of these therapies. In addition, natural remedies that promise to “balance” your hormones often use plant-derived ingredients, which have different hormonal structures than your body’s natural hormones. Natural remedies may also interfere with other prescription medications, so you should never take supplements without first talking to your primary care doctor.
To learn more about products and therapies for your hormonal acne, contact our skincare specialists today.
You may have heard of adding peptides to your skincare routine, and while they may not get as much attention as retinols and hyaluronic acid, they are growing in popularity because they offer some great benefits for your skin.
Peptides are, scientifically speaking, short amino acid chains that your body uses to build proteins like collagen, keratin, and elastin. Your body uses these ingredients as the foundation for repairing skin and giving it more strength and resilience. Topical peptides—the ones you find in skincare products—are like triggers that signal your skin to produce more collagen and giving it more elasticity and bounce. As we age our skin produces less collagen, losing some of that elasticity and increasing the appearance of wrinkles.
You may be wondering why you couldn’t just use a product with collagen in it to increase collagen levels in your skin. A number of oral collagen supplements have popped up on store shelves recently, however if taken orally it only ends up in your stomach and is digested through the gut---never showing up as a benefit to your skin. Also, topical collagen molecules in skincare are too large to be absorbed into your skin so they don’t work either.
Peptides also provide other skin benefits that collagen supplements alone can’t offer:
One of the most important things to know about peptides is that they are not the only thing you need for healthy, beautiful skin. They are one tool to use in fighting the signs of aging, inflammation, and sun damage, but they should be used in combination with other key ingredients for maximum benefit. Additionally, there are some ingredients that can reduce the effectiveness of peptides, so it’s important to know what not to use in combination with your peptide skincare products.
At Skintherapy we have an amazing product containing two of the most popular peptides on the market today. To learn more about the Deluxe Plus Serum, visit our website or schedule a virtual or in-office consultation with one of our skincare professionals. We can help you find the right peptides and other products to reverse the signs of aging, fight acne, and improve overall skin tone and appearance.
Have you noticed redness and small pimple-like bumps on your skin that flare up from time to time and could take weeks or months to go away? Many people mistake these for traditional acne and treat them with the usual products—cleanser, toner—while covering them up with makeup to hide the redness and irritation. But it could actually be a condition called acne rosacea, which requires a different type of treatment. Here are three things you should know about acne rosacea to avoid the embarrassing and sometimes painful condition.
While traditional acne tends to peak around your teenage years when your body is experiencing a change in hormones that increases oil production, acne rosacea usually affects people over the age of 30 and is not a result of poor hygiene. The specific cause is unknown but it’s more likely to occur in:
When you experience acne rosacea you usually have “flare-ups” that could last a few days, or even a few weeks or several months at a time. You will notice facial redness that is usually concentrated around the center of your face (nose and cheeks), caused by swollen blood vessels. Most people also develop swollen bumps that look like pimple and are either red or contain pus, and can make your skin feel tender and warm.
The specific cause of a flare-up is not always easy to determine and it can be different for everyone. It may be caused or exacerbated by:
Understanding when you have acne rosacea is important to get the right treatment. Unlike other acne or breakouts, this condition is not just caused by excess oil production and wearing certain makeup or using certain face cleansers could actually cause the breakouts and flare-ups to get worse. A skin consultant can help you figure out if you have acne rosacea and identify the appropriate products to treat the condition, including ones with salicylic acid like our Exfoliating Serum #1 and our Oily Skin Toner.
You can also get advice to help identify the triggers and actively avoid things that might cause a flare-up in the future, along with finding makeup and gentle cleansing products to minimize irritation.
Schedule a virtual skin consultation today to learn more about acne rosacea and how to properly treat it.
A growing trend among skincare enthusiasts and celebrities alike is the use of LED light therapy to improve skin. If you’ve been wondering about whether it’s something that would benefit your skin, here’s a quick overview of the treatment and the benefits.
LED (which stands for light-emitting diode) light therapy was first invented by NASA as a way to help plants grow on shuttle missions in space. Today it’s widely used by esthetician to reverse the signs of aging. They use a variety of different red and blue light wavelengths—red for anti-aging, blue for acne treatment—to address skincare concerns. LED light boost collagen and tissue production so it’s also been shown to help with:
While it wasn’t intended as a skincare treatment, this type of therapy has been shown to have many benefits.
Safety: LEDs do not contain any ultraviolet light, which makes it a safe option to use regularly, according to the American Academy of Dermatology. They also don’t cause burns or other skin damage. Therapies like chemical peels, dermabrasion, and anti-aging laser treatments can all lead to painful and unsightly burns.
Little to no side effects: while there is a risk of some side effects, they are minor and only include a chance for inflammation, redness, or rashes after the treatment. No long-term side effects have been reported.
Quick: LED light therapy is a simple procedure and takes only about 20 to 30 minutes. Initially your esthetician may recommend treatment about once a week, but after about 10 treatments you can space that out to just come once every few months for maintenance.
Affordable: LED light therapy treatments are extremely affordable in the long run, making them one of the best options for anti-aging and acne treatments. However, since you will need frequent (probably weekly) treatments initially, the up-front cost to start LED light therapy can be higher than some other options.
It’s important to know that LED light therapy isn’t going to be the best option for everyone. Some people may not be able to get this treatment because of severe acne, the potential for interaction with medications, or other active skin disorders. Before you start an LED light therapy protocol, talk to your doctor and your esthetician about your medical and skin history. The results also are not guaranteed, and while it has shown promise for many people, it’s not going to be a magic bullet to solve all your skin ailments.
Call us today to schedule your consultation and discuss whether LED light therapy should be part of your skincare routine.
Acne is a really broad term that is used to describe a wide variety of skin ailments, and it’s something that millions of people deal with every year. You’re most likely to experience acne in your teen years, but it can linger into your adult life as well. There are actually several different types of acne, though, and understanding each one can help you identify the right treatment and options to get rid of it.
All types of acne are the result of pores or follicles that get clogged with excess bacteria, sebum, or dead skin cells. The pores get clogged and acne is your body’s way of trying to clear it out. The most common types of acne are:
No matter what type of acne you have, in most cases it forms the same way. Inside your pores right under the surface of your skin are sebaceous glands, which have an oily substance that helps keep skin and pores moisturized. If dirt, oils, dead skin cells, or other things clog the area they can attach to the sebum that comes from your glands and block the pore, resulting in an accumulation of bacteria and dead skin cells under the surface that appears as a pimple.
There are a lot of things you can do to try and keep your skin healthy, but sometimes it’s more than just washing it every night. Stress, genetics, excess oil, hormonal changes, and more can have an impact on your skin and the production of sebum. Some things you can’t control, but for the things you can it’s important to have a good skincare routine that includes:
If you struggle with acne, call Skintherapy to learn more about the treatments we offer to help clear your skin and help you feel confident and happy.
Hundreds of myths circulate about what factors cause acne. How do you know which ones to believe?
One of the most common perceptions is that wearing makeup causes acne – but, does it?
The answer, as with most questions concerning pimples and breakouts, is that makeup can cause acne, but it doesn’t necessarily have to. In fact, there are many high-quality, acne-safe makeup products available today.
When you’re fighting unsightly breakouts, your first inclination might be to cover them up with makeup. But, if you’re not careful, you could be causing more problems than you realize.
Literally dozens of factors can combine to create the perfect environment for increasing oil production, clogging pores and triggering the inflammation that inevitably leads to acne.
Poor-quality cosmetics can become a trigger for anyone who experiences breakouts. But, for most acne sufferers, their makeup is only one small part of a much more complex problem.
Not removing your makeup – or removing it with the wrong cleansers – might make you think your cosmetics are to blame for your breakouts. Thoroughly cleaning your face before bed is one of the most important steps for getting acne under control and keeping your skin clear.
If your cosmetics are old or contaminated with bacteria, you could be breaking out as a result. Skincare experts advise throwing away any cosmetics that are more than six months old, as bacterial contamination can happen with even the highest quality products.
Finally, if you aren’t washing your hands thoroughly before applying makeup (or any skincare product), you could be transferring acne-causing bacteria to your skin as well as into your makeup.
For most acne sufferers, finding a high-quality makeup that doesn’t contain any pore-clogging ingredients is the first step. But many cosmetics contain fragrances, dyes and other products that can cause inflammation.
Some of the ingredients it’s best to avoid generally include parabens, silicone, alcohols and acrylics. But this is just the tip of the iceberg. You can check out our extensive list of pore-clogging, acne-causing cosmetic ingredients here.
The best way to find the right cosmetics and skincare products for you is to consult with an esthetician that specializes in acne treatment. Because no one-size-fits all solution exists today, an acne treatment clinic can determine the underlying causes of your breakouts and help you address those – rather than prescribing harsh medications that do nothing but treat symptoms.
In northern Utah, call on the experts at Skintherapy. Our Salt Lake City acne treatment clinic provides a highly personalized level of treatment. We can help you find the right products to help get your skin clear and keep it clear. Contact us today to learn more or to schedule your personal consultation to discuss acne-safe makeup.
Are you looking for the best ways to cure or control acne? You might be surprised by how many seemingly innocuous factors can cause breakouts and flare-ups.
The fact is that there is no one single cause of acne. You can develop problems due to your diet, your skincare routine, environmental conditions, etc. If you’re having trouble getting your acne under control, consider these three measures – any or all of which could be causing or contributing to your skin problems.
Many factors can cause acne or contribute to its severity – including not washing your bedding often enough.
One specific type of acne, acne mechanica, can occur when something irritating touches your face – like your pillowcase. If the fabric has a build-up of oil and dirt on it, this can cause pores to clog and inflammation to develop. If you’re prone to breakouts on your back or shoulders, your bed sheets can also exacerbate this problem.
The frequency with which you should wash your bedding depends on several factors – such as what you wear to bed, how much you sweat, whether you shower before bed – you should launder these items at least once a week.
You’ve likely heard by now that most people’s cell phones carry more bacteria than their toilet bowl. So, it makes sense that holding your phone to your face to make a call can transfer all that bacteria directly onto your skin.
Use headphones or your car speaker to make calls (it’s safer anyway) to help minimize your exposure.
You should also sanitize your phone frequently – at least once a week – just to be safe. You can even transfer bacteria from your phone onto your skin by touching your face after you’ve been handling your phone.
Whether you sport facial hair or your significant other does, this can be a surprising cause of acne breakouts.
If you have a beard, remain diligent about grooming. Otherwise, you will experience an overabundance of oil and bacteria near the skin. Most estheticians recommend a thorough beard-washing twice per day. Talk to an acne specialist about the best cleanser, exfoliator and moisturizer for your skin.
If your boyfriend or husband has a beard, that same oil and bacteria can transfer to your skin, making you more prone to breakouts. Also, your skin can become irritated from rubbing against a rough beard, leading to irritation. Skin irritation, in turn, leads to an increased production of oil, which can encourage acne flare-ups.
Seeing an acne treatment specialist is the best way to get to the bottom of any breakouts you might be experiencing.
Skintherapy acne treatment clinic, conveniently located in Salt Lake City, Utah, helps clients get their breakouts under control. We take a different approach than dermatologists, in that we help uncover what’s causing your acne rather than just treating the symptoms.
Contact Skintherapy today to schedule your consultation. We look forward to helping you banish your acne.
When you suffer from acne, you go through much more than breakouts on your skin. This condition can devastate your self-esteem and make you sit home alone, afraid to show your face to the world.
Seeing a dermatologist can, unfortunately, be very expensive. And, for those people who don’t have health insurance – or insurance that covers specialized treatments – seeking help for getting their skin clear can seem cost prohibitive.
What about acne treatments you can do at home, by yourself? Can you truly treat your acne without seeing a doctor? Let’s explore the benefits and risks of the DIY treatment approach for acne.
If you ever watch television, you see commercials for all kinds of creams, gels and “systems.” These products range from a few dollars at the drug store to monthly subscriptions that cost hundreds of dollars every few weeks.
Do a quick internet search and you will find literally thousands of “home remedy” type treatments. These range from the simple (rinsing your face with apple cider vinegar) to the ridiculous (making a face treatment paste from barbeque charcoal briquettes). You could spend months trying these folk remedies, home acne treatment systems, creams and pastes with nothing to show for it but a bigger problem and a smaller wallet.
You might get lucky now and then and discover something that eases your symptoms for a time. But, inevitably, the problem will come back.
The most important fact to remember about this skin condition is that one size does not fit all. Although the underlying mechanism for what causes breakouts is the same, the reason this condition exists varies significantly from person to person.
Until you identify the root cause of the problem, you can only treat acne symptoms. And, unless you have the education and experience to identify the issue, that is simply not possible for you to achieve at home.
Treating your skin condition at home is hopeless without the guidance of a professional. But, as we know, seeing a doctor is expensive and time-consuming. Worse, dermatologists often prescribe harsh medications that pose the risk of side effects and interactions.
Consider seeking help from an esthetician who specializes in the treatment of acne. Rather than going immediately to expensive, risky medications, an esthetician will take the time educate you about acne and identify the real problems that are causing your breakouts. Armed with that knowledge, they can recommend a comprehensive treatment routine that attacks the problem at the source.
In Salt Lake City, the Skintherapy acne treatment clinic offers a better option for getting your skin clear and keeping it that way. Contact us today to schedule a consultation and learn more about why we are the perfect alternative to treating your acne at home.
The health benefits of probiotics are well known in the medical community, but did you know that using a probiotic can help get your acne under control and keep your skin clear?
Doctors prescribe probiotics to patients for certain conditions but, if you visit a medical doctor or dermatologist for breakouts, the chances are slim that he or she will recommend this proven approach. Instead, you are more likely to end up with harsh creams or medications that pose the risk for harsh side effects and negative interactions.
Taking a more holistic approach to treating acne – including using beneficial supplements like probiotics – is a great alternative. As your skin problems fade away, you’ll enjoy not just clearer skin but better overall health and well-being.
Probiotics deliver live “good” bacteria into the body.
At any given time, your body contains both good and bad bacteria. When your body is properly balanced, the good bacteria keep the bad strains under control and prevent them from making you sick. But factors like diet, lifestyle and genetics can allow your body to become imbalanced.
Taking probiotics boosts your body’s own ability to maintain that critical balance. This allows you to maintain optimal health and avoid a variety of problems. Although we typically think of probiotics as being used to treat digestive ills, research shows that they are also effective for supporting oral health, preventing colds and allergies, and treating and preventing skin problems.
A couple of decades ago, doctors automatically prescribed antibiotics for acne treatment. Today, we know better for many reasons, not the least of which is the increasing ineffectiveness of antibiotics due to overuse and not using these medications as prescribed.
Although the theory behind using antibiotics is relevant – antibiotics kill bacteria and bacteria is a major contributor to acne – using these drugs does nothing more than treat the symptoms. Once you stop taking antibiotics, your skin breaks out again because the root cause of the problem hasn’t been addressed.
By using probiotics, you provide your body with more natural abilities to ward off the overgrowth of bacteria that we know can lead to clogged pores, blackheads and pimples. It also helps keep inflammation at bay – another important contributor to acne.
Although most people will benefit from taking these supplements, it’s always recommended to talk to a professional skin expert.
At Skintherapy in Salt Lake City, our estheticians are experts in treating acne by addressing the causes – rather than simply treating the symptoms. After carefully evaluating your skin and talking at length with you about a variety of factors, we might recommend other topical treatments and creams to protect the skin and prevent the overgrowth of bacteria. We may also recommend taking probiotics as a part of a healthy, balanced diet.
Contact us today to learn more about our Salt Lake City acne treatment clinic, or to schedule your personalized consultation appointment.
Despite what you may have heard, your diet can have a profound effect on your skin and acne flareups.
Today, we understand the inner workings of the human body much better than we did decades ago. Back then, teens and others who experienced acne were advised to avoid greasy foods, chocolate, and other foods because doctors believed they could worsen acne.
Decades later, this advice was swept under the table as being incorrect. Today, however, we know that this advice does have merit and can help get acne under control. Here’s why.
Certain foods – specifically sugar and salt – can cause inflammatory responses in the body. Inflammation is a primary culprit in the development of both teen and adult acne.
For these reasons, estheticians who specialize in acne treatment advise clients to avoid foods that contain high levels of salt or sugar. Soft drinks, for example, are especially likely to cause breakouts.
Depending on your body, other foods may cause an inflammatory response for you, or cause your skin condition to worsen for other reasons.
The most profound way your diet affects your skin is the same way what you eat affects your overall health.
When you consume junk food – unhealthy, processed foods that have little or no nutritional value – you aren’t providing the essential building blocks your body needs to keep itself in optimal condition.
When you eat junk food as a major component of your diet, you degrade your overall health. And, when you suffer from poor health related to your diet, you will see these habits reflected in your skin. You could experience acne flareups, suffer from overly oily skin, and your complexion will appear dull, lifeless and sallow.
Understanding how your diet can affect your overall health and your skin’s condition is easy. Knowing exactly what you should or should not eat is more complex.
Everyone’s skin is different, and everyone has different sensitivities that affect their complexion, but there are a few key ingredients to healthy skin that always apply. Drinking plenty of water, for instance, is vital to keeping your body’s moisture levels up. And in turn, your skin’s moisture levels.
Some studies show that certain dairy foods--especially those containing hormones--can lead to blemishes, while other research points at foods that are high in glucose like white bread, instant oatmeal, and russet potatoes.
On the other hand, foods that contain omega-3 fatty acids like salmon and tuna have been known to improve skin health over time.
The best way to determine what foods you should avoid in your diet is to consult with an acne expert, like the estheticians at Skintherapy. Our highly personalized acne treatment programs are customized to meet your specific needs. We spend a great deal of time with each client, learning about their medical history, their lifestyle, diet, and personal habits. We can then customize our recommendations for diet, skincare and other practices that are proven to get acne under control.
Contact us today to schedule your personalized consultation. We look forward to showing you how easy and affordable it can be to treat acne with the help of a professional esthetician.
Among those who deal with acne regularly, and even those with fewer such issues every now and then, blackheads are a well-known and common occurrence. So named for their color and appearance on the face or other skin areas, blackheads are unpleasant to look at and can be uncomfortable to deal with as well.
At Skintherapy, our acne treatment services include the prevention and removal of blackheads among several other skin treatment areas. Let’s go over exactly what blackheads are, what gives them their appearance, and how you can limit and remove them.
Known medically as an “open comedo,” a blackhead is a clogged pore on the skin caused by inflammation, bacteria, excess sebum and excess proliferation in the pore. Blackheads, unlike other forms of acne, have a wide opening at the surface, allowing you to see the actual contents of the blockage directly underneath the skin.
Blackheads can take place on anyone’s skin, even people who don’t normally have major acne breakouts. They can form anywhere on the face, but are most common in the “T-zone” that makes up the center of the face – this is because this area is most oily and promotes blackhead formation most easily.
Blackheads take on their color due to oil, dead skin cells and other debris that are packed into them – debris that oxidizes and turns black over time. This, combined with the large opening we mentioned above, makes them perhaps the most unsightly form of acne out there.
A couple general areas to keep an eye on when it comes to blackheads:
If you are dealing with blackheads, your esthetician can be a major assist here. They can perform professional-quality extractions, the kind that – unlike many home extractions, which can actually be detrimental to the effort – do not spread any bacteria or cause additional inflammation by moving debris around to other areas of the skin. These extractions involve compressing the pores and slowly squeezing the debris out, then sanitizing the area and using proper products to prevent future blackhead issues.
For more on blackheads and how to remove and prevent them, or for information on any of our acne treatments, speak to the staff at Skintherapy today.
There are several negative habits that may contribute to acne breakouts, and one of these relates to mistaken attempts to clear it up: Picking at or popping pimples. While it may seem like a good idea in the moment, and feels like it accomplishes something and gets rid of a negative mark, popping pimples yourself is not advised and actually will likely worsen your breakout.
At Skintherapy, we provide a wide range of acne removal and treatment options for those who want to rid themselves of these breakouts. What’s the problem with self-popping, and what are some of the potential negative outcomes? Most importantly, what are some healthy alternatives that will help limit the breakout? Here are some basics to understand.
When a pimple becomes inflamed, like it often is before we decide to pick at it, it’s engorged with sebum, dead skin cells, bacteria and generally a pus of some kind. When you put pressure on the area, then, you’re creating even more pressure than there already is in this area, forcing those various pieces of debris down further into the skin follicle.
But, you might be thinking, I’m squeezing pus and debris out of the pimple – isn’t that good? For starters, this debris can spread bacteria to other nearby skin areas. For another, even if some pus is moving out of the area, it’s a sure bet that even more is being pushed down into the dermis, worsening the breakout.
In addition to potentially worsening the breakout itself, popping pimples is one way to worsen your blemishes and even risk long-term acne scarring damage. Enough squeezing can actually turn a pimple into a more serious blemish type like a cyst or a nodule, potentially serious and painful marks that are due to infection in the dermis.
In addition, each time the skin is damaged this way, its ability to heal itself properly reduces. Healthy tissue is lost over time, and the greater the damage, the higher the risk of this loss. Either dark marks or full-on depressed acne scars can develop.
What are some safer methods for attempting to get rid of these marks? Here are a couple suggestions:
For more on why popping pimples at home is a mistake, or to learn about any of our acne treatment services, speak to the staff at Skintherapy today.
At Skintherapy, it’s a point of pride for us to provide comprehensive, tailored skincare for acne and acne scarring. From a variety of treatments to expertise across a wide world of acne products, even including specialty areas like acne-safe makeup, our estheticians are here to help minimize the appearance and impact of acne all over the body.
Unsurprisingly, our years of experience in acne treatment have also exposed us to a number of common mistakes made by those who suffer from this frustrating condition. While we completely understand the reasoning behind some of these errors, they should still be corrected and avoided to ensure the best possible acne care. Here are some areas to ensure you’re not taking the wrong action in.
Probably the single most common mistake acne patients make is picking at and popping their pimples. While you may think you’re ridding yourself of that pimple for good, all you’re really doing is pushing the bacteria, pus, oil and debris that’s present in the acne bump back out onto your skin – where it can cause all sorts of damage and will make further breakouts nearby all the more likely.
While it can be difficult to maintain discipline here, it’s vital to do so. Just let the breakout do its thing, and focus on the proper healing and product usage.
Speaking of products, makeup is among the products that often cause and exacerbate acne. Many forms of makeup are made with high levels of oil or other ingredients that clog the pores, making acne far more likely. Instead, opt for gentle mineral options, or those that have no oil and are non-comedogenic.
It’s not only makeup that can be an issue when it comes to product usage – the treatment products you use have to be selected and applied properly as well, otherwise they can exacerbate the problems. Many acne patients automatically reach for the product that has the highest quantity of active ingredient in it, assuming more is always better, but too much active ingredient can actually irritate the skin and prevent proper healing in some cases. Consult with your skin care professional about which products are best for you.
Diet can have a real impact on your acne and breakout likelihood, but some people take this to meant that a drastic change in diet will make their acne go away. Simply put, this is unlikely – following a healthy diet can absolutely impact both acne treatment and overall health over time, but drastic changes can be unhealthy and won’t have as much effect as simply following a consistent routine.
Finally, while it’s not a care mistake per se, a major stress factor within acne treatment is unrealistic expectations. The skin takes time to rejuvenate and heal, and for those with particularly stubborn skin, fine-tuning the right acne and scar treatments can be an ongoing process. While we know this can be frustrating at times, keeping realistic expectations will help you lower your stress levels and keep the entire process simpler.
For more on mistakes to avoid when treating acne, or to learn about any of our acne treatment service, speak to the staff at Skintherapy Skincare & Acne Clinic today.
When treating acne, it’s important to have a solid handle on what works and what doesn’t for your issues. All patients have slightly different acne-related symptoms and concerns, all under the backdrop of typically causes and exacerbators of acne that are familiar to most people who have suffered from it.
At Skintherapy, we’ve noticed that there are unfortunately a number of major myths and misconceptions out there about acne – from what causes it and worsens it to how it can be treated. With our acne treatment services, you’ll be exposed to the truth about various acne causes, plus given the right tools to clear up your latest breakout. Here are a few of the most common acne-related myths, plus the proper information to set you straight.
Many with acne are aware that one potential cause can be the oils and other liquids found in your skin – this is not a myth, as oils are indeed a common risk factor in acne formation. However, some acne sufferers take this information and run in entirely the wrong direction with is, assuming that if they simply dry out their face and limit the presence of these oils, acne will clear up no matter what.
Unfortunately, this isn’t how it works. Drying out the skin doesn’t actually have much of an impact on the pores, which is where these oil concerns are to begin with. In addition, it will create sensitivity and flakiness on the skin, making it both unsightly and uncomfortable in many cases.
Another common misconception with acne is that its only cause is dirty skin – while the cleanliness of the skin does play a role here, it’s far from the only factor. But unfortunately, this myth leads many patients to vastly overdo things when it comes to cleansers, soaps and other facial cleaners. This may actually irritate and worsen your acne rather than clearing it up.
Instead of doing this, target your cleansing properly. Use the right kind of cleanser, including one with benzoyl peroxide or another sensitive material if your skin needs it. You shouldn’t need to perform basic cleansing more than once or twice a day.
Multiple areas of research have proven that, while chocolate has a bad reputation for causing acne, this reputation is unfounded. Chocolate is not a cause nor an exacerbator of acne – but many other foods, such as those high in salts or iodides, absolutely are. Areas like greasy food (fast food especially), high-fat dairy, kelp and many others should be avoided or limited as much as possible. In addition, if you take vitamins or supplements on a daily basis, check their quantity of iodides and scale back on these if possible.
Finally, understand that sunscreen is very important to wear if you have acne, just make sure it does not contain any pore clogging ingredients. Sunscreen stops acne spots from pigmenting, plus provides hydration to the face during the day between cleansings.
For more on debunking the common myths out there about acne, or to learn about any of our acne treatment services, speak to the staff at Skintherapy today.
When it comes to acne, particularly for teenagers and young adults, there’s a specific connection between this condition and hormones in the body. Hormone fluctuations are a direct cause of acne, and these age groups experience the largest changes in these areas and therefore deal with this with the greatest frequency.
At Skintherapy, we’re here to remind you during all acne prevention and treatment services that hormones aren’t just a concern for younger people, however. The term “hormonal acne” is used to describe acne that develops in women around the time of their monthly menstrual cycle, and this specific cause for acne comes with a few notable symptoms and differentiators in some cases. Let’s go over all the basics you need to know about hormonal acne, including the groups at risk and some treatment methods available.
Hormonal acne is on the rise in the last few decades, some of which is due to worsening average diets and lifestyle habits, but some of which is also due to changes in the way female hormones are impacting broad groups. But how do hormones cause this sort of acne?
In many cases, the body is producing too much of a given substance, often testosterone or other androgens that should only be made in limited amounts for women. In some situations, these hormones will combine with other acne triggers like bacteria and dead skin cells, creating an even higher acne risk for women at this time of month.
Like with other forms of acne, the primary risk group for hormonal acne breakouts is young women in the teen and adolescent ranges. However, since women have several hormonal shifts during their life which include pregnancy, breast feeding, perimenopause and menopause, they may encounter hormonal breakouts into their 40s and 50s. Acne overall may affect over three in four teens, and teen girls are at particular risk during the parts of the month closest to their period.
However, it’s important to note that when it comes to hormonal acne, women of all ages can experience it. It can even take place in women who had no acne as teens, but are now developing it later in life.
In some cases, hormonal acne will appear a bit differently than other forms. For one, the presence of whiteheads and blackheads tends to be limited – women over 20 who get hormonal acne will usually see it in the form of red, inflamed papules around the chin and jaw area.
In addition, hormonal acne tends to show up on the cheeks and forehead. Bumps or pimples will often last for weeks even with treatment.
There are a few avenues to treating hormonal acne, some of which may overlap:
For more on treating hormonal acne for women, or to learn about any of our acne treatments, speak to the staff at Skintherapy today.
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