There are so many products and acne treatments out there offering to transform your skin, and sometimes it can be difficult to decide which one is the best fit for you. As always, there is no one solution for reducing acne just as there is no one reason for developing the skin condition. In this blog we will discuss various facials for acne and acne scars, analysing the different types of chemical peels, to discover the best treatments for acne and acne scars.
At-home acne treatments vs professional acne facials
Luckily It is not an either-or, it is both!
If you are having more severe, cystic breakouts in which you are not seeing improvements from over-the-counter products, it may be an idea to visit your GP/doctor initially to get some advice. They may be able to prescribe a topical acne treatment in the forms of creams such as benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid.
However, you also have the option to see a professional, a dermatologist or licensed aesthetician for example. Here, a skincare specialist will be able to analyse your skin and recommend a treatment or treatment plan for you that will be catered to your specific skin concerns.
Further, they will ask you to fill out a form, breaking down skincare habits that may cause irritation of issues to the skin such as your diet, skin care products, time spent in the sun, and stress levels.
This is due to the fact that you cannot depend solely on acne facials to improve your skin’s condition. An acne facial treatment can improve inflamed skin, but you must continue to help your skin in the process by following a good skincare routine, reducing stress where possible, avoiding the sun, and perhaps eliminating certain foods out of your diet, if your acne looks as if it could be linked to hormonal imbalances. However, these are all factors which should be discussed by and with your aesthetician who can give advice and aftercare to maintain and enhance the results of your treatment. Further, if your acne is taking a toll on your mental health and self-esteem, then it may be an idea to consider visiting a professional for acne treatment through which you can tend to see improvements within 12 weeks, and sometimes even from the first treatment.
It is also recommended to visit an aesthetician and have a professional acne treatment if you are pretty unsure about the types of products you should be using and want advice on how you can aid your skin. Personally, I visited a professional when acne affected my self-esteem and I had a reaction to the topical cream prescribed by my doctor. Through visiting a professional I discovered which ingredients I had a sensitivity to, what was aggravating my skin in my lifestyle and was put on a treatment plan which included a course of chemical peels for acne.
Acne treatments that show the best results: treatments for cystic acne
One of the most important things to do is avoid popping cystic acne pimples. This is due to the fact that cystic acne pimples are formed of white blood cells and popping these can lead to major scarring, discolouration and hyperpigmentation which is even harder to rectify without professional treatment.
With cystic acne it is best to start by looking at your skincare routine, your cleanser should contain actives such as salicylic acid, a BHA which helps to keep pores clear of dirt, oils and dead skin cells. However, the best professional treatment for dealing with cystic acne is a course of chemical peels. This is due to the fact that professional-grade chemical peels have the ability not only to exfoliate the skin but penetrate deeper into the layers of the skin such as the dermis to promote cell renewal and turnover.
The most effective chemical peels for acne scars and blemish-prone skin
Below I will breakdown two specific chemical peels which are beneficial in treating acne-prone skin and treating acne scars. I will discuss which ingredients you should look out for in chemical peels and how they function to improve the skin’s complexion.
PCA Peel: The PCA peel is great for those suffering from easily congested, blemish-prone skin. It contains the ingredient mandelic acid which is a potent force when dealing with inflamed, blemished skin. Mandelic acid is an AHA, which means it works on the surface layer of the skin as an exfoliator, shedding excess dead skin cells, oils and dirt. As acne is commonly the buildup of excess sebum, dirt and dead skin cells, the mandelic acid in the PCA peel works to stop acne from forming and regulate the skin’s natural sebum production with regular treatment. Further, mandelic acid promotes collagen production and cell turnover. In this way, the PCA peel is also recommended for those dealing with post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation and acne scars due to the peels ability to encourage shedding old, blemished skin and delivering fresh new skin to the surface. This improves the overall appearance, texture and tone of the skin. A course of 3-6 treatments is generally recommended to see significant results.
Osmosis Peel: Why do Osmosis acne treatments heal acne differently?
Osmosis acne treatments such as the Osmosis Peel are perfect for those suffering from persistent breakouts and looking to reduce the inflamed appearance of the skin from the inside out. This peel contains 2% vitamin A infusion which has abundant benefits for the skin. This treatment heals acne differently because it does not simply tackle the acne on a surface level. Yes, it can regulate oil production, to prevent the clogging of pores. But also, it fights to promote an overall even-toned complexion through its function as an antioxidant to fight environmental damage in the form of free-radicals which can be a cause of premature ageing and aggravate acne and hyperpigmentation. And, the Osmosis Peel has the ability to promote cell growth and renewal, healing acne scars and discolouration.
Therefore, Osmosis acne treatments stand out as an ideal choice for those dealing with problematic skin due to the fact that it functions both internally, in the deeper layers of the skin while creating a protective barrier from external aggressors which can trigger the skin.
Vitamin A for acne – what are the benefits?
Vitamin A has a multitude of benefits for the skin, especially beneficial for those dealing with acne, acne scars, fine lines and wrinkles. Vitamin A in the form of a 10% retinoid booster is also found in the PCA peel, and the benefit of this, according to health Harvard, is that it encourages the body to produce new blood vessels which in turn improves the overall colour and tone of the skin. Ideal for those tackling discolouration and scarring post-breakout. Additionally, vitamin A is potent not only as a healer for acne scarring but a preventer for future breakouts. This is due to its ability to unclog pores of dirt and oil, much like mandelic acid. And, it boasts the ability to promote cell turnover and collagen production, allowing fresh skin to resurface and healing wounded or damaged skin. This means its purpose is multifunctional, for blemished skin types, hyperpigmentation and scarring skin types and also for those wishing to deal with any pesky fine lines and wrinkles which may have started to appear.
Author: Katherine Nagato