What can I do about my oily skin and breakouts?

Acne and oily skin are some of the most alienating skin conditions. They can cause frustration, irritation, physical and even emotional scares. Don’t think these issues are just for teens: eighty-five percent of people suffer from adult acne, making it one of the most common skin disorders in the United States.

Before diving into treatments for oily skin and acne, it’s critical to understand their root causes so proper treatment can be delivered for targeted results.

What causes oily skin?

Sebum (oil) production is controlled by androgen hormones. Oils help lubricate skin, protecting it from environmental assaults (such as extreme weather conditions). Excess androgen hormones (due to puberty, monthly cycles or menopause) trigger an overproduction of oil, creating a shiny appearance.

How does oily skin contribute to acne?

When sebaceous (oil) glands produce too much oil, it spills onto the skin’s surface, creating a slick, greasy appearance. This excess oil acts as a binder, holding on to dead skin cells that were meant to be shed.

The follicle becomes clogged with a mixture of oil and dead skin cells, prohibiting oxygen from entering. This creates the perfect breeding ground for bacteria, which leads to swelling, redness and inflammation around the follicle, resulting in acne.

Proper treatment for results

A professional skin treatment can help jump-start skin clearing and recover skin health. Before beginning, your skin therapist will perform Face Mapping® zone-by-zone skin analysis to determine if skin dry or dehydrated, then create a customised treatment around your specific needs that very day!

UltraSonic: This professional device delivers advanced deep cleaning to prep skin for exfoliation and extractions.

Exfoliation: Acneic skin produces five times more dead skin cells than a healthy skin, meaning the sloughing of cells through exfoliation can greatly benefit this condition. Hydroxy acids (chemical exfoliants), in general, will be effective, as they help detach dead skin cells that contribute to clogged follicles. Physical exfoliants may not be appropriate for acneic skin, but may be recommended for oily skin.

Galvanic and High Frequency: This professional tool uses a mild electrical current to help soften impacted debris for easier removal. High frequency works to dissolve surface oils, disinfect, purify and promote healing.

Post Treatment Care

A consistent home care regimen prescribed by your skin therapist will dramatically impact the health of your skin and success of professional treatments.

Source: Dermalogica.com

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