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.

A good esthetician also completes many hours of post-graduate education, and strives to stay abreast of the latest developments in skin care.

Does the establishment have to be licensed, too?
The establishment must be licensed as well, Silicon Valley Massage Therapy holds a current, valid and verified license from the California Board Barbering and Cosmetology (#292031). (Verify online.) You should never get skincare treatments from a non-certified professional or at unlicensed establishment. Look for copies of license and permits which must be displayed in plain view.

What do these skincare specialist do during a session?
Estheticians are not medical doctors so they can’t diagnose skin conditions, prescribe medications, or suggest treatment for any skin condition outside of cosmetic products. They can perform treatment complementary to a doctor’s treatment (like extracting blackheads and gently exfoliating the skin). Some estheticians work closely with dermatologists.

The session begins with a client consultation where you discuss with the skincare specialist your session goals and any issues or concerns. Sessions usually begin with deep cleansing following by other treatments (masks, extractions, peels, etc.) and end with hydration of the skin using specially selected, hypoallergenic products.  The session ends with recommendations for home care and recommendations for how to keep your skin healthy and vibrant.  The typical session takes less than an hour.

Do acne treatments hurt?
Acne treatments may involve extractions.  That’s a fancy way of saying that the therapist uses special techniques to extract built up oil and other toxins from your skin. You may feel some quick awareness when they “pop” the pimples, but it is temporary. You might also experience some redness for a few hours after the treatment. All this is natural and carefully controlled.  It’s totally worth the slight discomfort, especially in a day or two when you see cleaner, baby-soft skin. Note that deep cleansing facials, not involving extracting, are soothing and don’t hurt (they’re quite relaxing actually).

Is it just one visit and you’re done?
It really depends on your goal. You’ll leave educated about do’s and don’ts that will get you started, but for anyone serious about healthy skin, it may take one or more regular treatments.

Who gets acne treatments?
Acne treatments are very effective for clients of all ages. While many of our clients are between 13 and 25, adult acne is also common, particularly among active people.  Anyone who is concerned about their skin will benefit from these services.

Why should someone choose an esthetician at SVMTG to treat their acne?
Like anything else, the more you know about your skin, the better you can keep it healthy. You can try browsing the drugstore shelves or visit beauty care shops, but there is no replacement for informed, expert recommendations and treatments given by a person who does this for a living.  The treatments will be far more effective and you’ll not waste money on lots of products that don’t deliver on their promises.

Why are skin care treatments at SVMTG different?
Our estheticians are highly trained and have specialties in skin care treatments, advanced acne treatments, and skin pathologies and lots of continuing education.  We listen carefully and work purposefully.  We offer and use the highest quality products available, many locally sourced.  We also offer massage services that you can combine with your treatment if you wish.