The Best Back-to-School Treatment for Acne
By Alison Clay, Licensed Cosmetologist & Esthetician
Back-to-school season is here, which means teenagers and college students alike are getting back into sports, extracurricular activities, and – more importantly – stress. Unfortunately for many, between hormonal and lifestyle changes, this means millions of students will suffer from acne issues. In fact, according to the American Academy of Dermatology, acne affects approximately 85% of people between the ages of 12 and 24.
So how can we help our students get and maintain clear, healthy skin? Well, first we should understand why they are having issues and what can be done about it.
What causes teenage acne?
Teens, college students, and young adults start suffering from acne usually due to hormonal changes, but other factors can play a part. These include not getting proper rest and nutrition, as well as stress from studying and homework. Plus, most teens don’t have a regular skin care routine, which hurts because our skin loves routine care.
Why aren’t my products working?
Most parents and teens see the Proactive and Clinique 3 Step Program and think they’re doing the right thing. Sometimes, however, these products mask the problem, making it look better without properly treating the causes. What happens then is that down the line, the hidden acne issues strike back with a vengeance.
Another common issue is that a lot of products dry out the skin and cause excess sebum (oil) production, which leads to inflammation.
What can a HydraFacial do that my products can’t?
A HydraFacial is a noninvasive treatment that exfoliates dead skin, extracts blackheads, cleanses pores, and nourishes with antioxidants, hyaluronic acid, and peptides. Basically, it’s a spa day for your skin.
HydraFacials are great for anyone because they work great on all skin types: dry, sensitive, flaky, and even oily skin. But it’s even better for students because they have such active bacteria and acne on their faces, especially if they play sports (sweat) or are into makeup (clogged pores).
The vortex technology in HydraFacials exfoliates and removes all this dirt, oil, and other impurities from the skin while also nourishing it by putting peptides and vitamins in for a healthy glow.
Can I still use products with HydraFacials?
Of course! Think of HydraFacials as a hard reset on your acne, and skin care products as daily maintenance. It takes work to make your skin look and feel good. I highly recommend a HydraFacial every 4-6 weeks, washing your face every AM and PM, and applying good products daily as well.
What product should I use?
We have a wide variety of cleansers, toners, moisturizers, and more that can be combined into a customized routine for you or your teenager. Plus, we offer consultations that are free, personalized, and one-on-one. Simply call us at 513-791-9474 to schedule your consultation or to book your first HydraFacial treatment.
Still not sure about HydraFacials?
Watch this short video that goes through an entire treatment!