Acne Got Your Back?

Almost everyone knows that the feeling when you’re staring at the giant pimple on your face and you’re already late for your date. And, as if that’s not enough, people with facial acne are far more likely to develop body acne. For some, body acne comes in the teens and twenties, others find sudden acne flareups well into adulthood.  Luckily there’s something you can do about it.

Body acne is extremely common with blemishes appearing and disappearing on your back, arms, chest and bottom. Most people just don’t want to talk about it. As with acne on your face, body acne forms when pores become clogged with excess oil or dead skin. Body acne is a little trickier to control, too, because the skin on the rest of your body has larger pores than those on your face, meaning it’s easier to stop them up. And clothes that tend to trap oil on your skin and prevent evaporation.

So what do you do about body acne?

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Urgent: Winter Skin Care for Men & Women

For many people, the cold clear days of winter bring more than just a rosy glow to the cheeks. They also bring unexpected dryness to the skin of the face, hands, and feet. In some cases, skin gets dry enough to flake, crack or become inflamed (eczema).

You could go to your local drug store, but finding someone who knows skin care well is rare and the products there are typically less effective. That’s why going to an esthetician is a good investment. An esthetician is licensed and trained in skincare and will analyze your skin type, troubleshoot your current skin care regimen, and give you advice on the skin care products you should be using.

SVMTG has a great esthetician.

The Truth About Adult Acne

Adult acne affects 1 in 4 men and about half of all women some time in their adult lives.  About 1/3 of those with facial acne also experience acne on their back and body. Adult acne can cause depression and social anxiety in adults the same way it can a teen.

Most men experience adult acne because they had adolescent acne and it comes back now and then.  Women can experience acne that’s stuck around from their adolescence too, but, unlike men, they can experience adult onset acne–new flare-ups–in their adult life.

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Your Pore Skin

For every hair on your body, there’s a skin pore. You’ve got more than 5 million of them.

Maintaining clean, healthy skin is important for maintaining healthy looking skin.  Dirt and oil on your face, shoulders and chest collect around your pores like leaves around a storm drain. When pores get clogged, it creates a pile-up of oil and dead skin cells.  Bacteria make their way to the blockage and inflammation occurs.  Not pretty.

Squeezing, poking and rubbing the blocked pore just stretches them and makes things worse. A skilled esthetician, like the ones we have here at SVMTG, can offer your a soothing, effective deep cleaning or more aggressive acne treatments, to keep your pores (and you) happier.

 

Why Should You Choose a Skin Care Specialist to Help With Acne?

June is Acne Awareness Month and there’s nothing but good news about an effective form of professional acne treatment–see an esthetician!

A full 85% of Americans will experience acne at some time in their lives.  Acne is by far the most common skin disorder affecting almost 50 million Americans.  You could just live with it, or you could fill your counter, drawers and medicine chest with less-than-effective over-the-counter remedies, or go see a professional esthetician.

Here’s a quick FAQ about skin care specialists and the acne treatment procedures:

What is an esthetician?
Estheticians, also called skin care therapists, work at salons, day spas, and medical spas and are trained in the cosmetic treatment of the skin. They perform various cosmetic procedures including facials, body treatments, and waxing. Estheticians focus on deep cleansing skin and treating skin issues like acne.

Does a skincare specialist have to be licensed?
Yes. All estheticians must be licensed in the state that they are working in. In California, estheticians must complete at least 600 hours of training and pass a qualifying examination and a practical, or hands-on, exam.
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Is Acne Your Fault?

Acne generally isn’t caused by something you did or didn’t do.  It’s not caused by dirt or even diet (according to current research). Some people are just prone to it, while others aren’t.  Most of the time, tendency toward acne comes from your genes. That’s right, thank your parents.

Of course there are things you can do to lessen this genetic gift.  You can keep your skin clean and exfoliate carefully. You can develop a skin care regimen that works and stick to it. You can understand that acne isn’t something you “grow out of”, it’s treatable.  If you have severe acne, go see a dermatologist.

For most people, it’s a lack of consistency and care that prolongs acne.  Worse, doing things to care for your acne incorrectly can cause more acne, or worse, scarring. Continue reading “Is Acne Your Fault?”