4 Surefire Ways To Go Back To School Without Acne – Part 2

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By Mia Liefso

Continued from part 1 of this article…..

womanskin2. Weather extremes. The winters can be bitterly cold and the summers somewhat dry. You need a skincare line that can react to this harshness.

3. Moisturizer. If you have oily skin, your tendency will be to shy away from moisturizers. EVERY skin type needs moisture and hydration.

4. Check the ingredients. You want to make sure your skin care products contain the minerals, vitamins and healing properties your skin needs. For our teenagers, we often recommend our Dead Sea products which help to remove the excess oils and skin impurities. A good soap is essential for a good acne regime.

5. Foundation.You want a foundation that covers acne scars, blemishes and hyperpigmentation that won’t shine like you have Crisco on your face at the end of the school day. Make sure to find an oil-free formula.

Chances are a home regime, coupled with good skin care products may not be enough, particularly if you have moderate to severe teenage acne. You may need some supplemental acne treatments at a medical spa.

Tip #3: You Can Peel Away Your Blemishes

Medical grade chemical peels are an excellent defense mechanism for teenage acne. They help to exfoliate the skin by applying a gentle alpha or beta hydroxyacid to the top layer of your skin. This exfoliation signals the cells inside the skin to accelerate, thus preventing pores from being clogged.

Contrary to it name, chemical peels don’t really “peel” the skin. Instead, they quickly exfoliate the skin, sloughing off the dead skin cells. By keeping dead skin cells and excess oil from clogging your follicles, pore blockages and your pimples can be dramatically decreased.

Your friends will not even know you’ve had a chemical peel … there is no downtime and you can go right back to school or studying (drat) after this 30-minuite treatment. Your skin may look slightly sunburned, and it’s essential to be diligent about applying sunscreen for a couple of weeks after the peel. It’s okay to apply makeup to cover any of the redness.

According to Acne.org, studies show about a 45-50% reduction in acne lesions after a series of 4-6 peels.

femalewashingfaceTip #4: Consider Laser To Help Acne at Light Speed

Relative newer to the cosmetic industry is the use of laser treatments to help with acne scarring. Laser acne therapy is a non-invasive, safe and effective way to treat teenage acne without dangerous medications or downtime. It can reduce and often eliminate acne on the face, shoulders, back and chest, leaving you with blemish free skin.

Laser acne treatments pulse light into the skin in a way that destroys acne-causing bacteria, while also directly targeting your sebaceous glands.We know that acne is generally caused by dead cells, too much sebum, bacteria and infection in the hair follicles, all of which are effectively targeted and destroyed by laser therapy. Laser treatments can also be used to help with teenage scarring, by stimulating healthy cells to produce collagen, thus creating newer, more even skin.

Don’t Just Live With Acne, Fight It!

No matter which combination of teenage acne treatments you choose, know that there are new technologies and skin care products coming on to the market every day that are targeted at helping you have a clearer, healthier complexion. Acne can’t be cured, but it can be effectively controlled. Starting these treatments may make your acne worse for a short period of time before it gets better. And if you control it in your teenage years, hopefully you won’t have to deal with adult acne.

Keep your chin up … free of acne that is!

Mia Liefso is a professional medical skin therapist and the owner of Bradford Skin Clinic & Med Spa in Bradford, Ontario. She has certifications in IPL, LHE, laser and ultrasound technologies, as well as body contouring and medical facial peels. Her areas of special interest include difficult skin conditions—psoriasis, eczema, and acne—premature aging, and endocrinology. Mia’s passion lies in helping people love the skin they’re in.

4 Surefire Ways To Go Back To School Without Acne – Part 1

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By Mia Liefso

acneThe teenage years are bad enough without having to cope with acne. As you head back to school, you don’t need to hear the taunting of “pimple puss” or “zit face” on top of all the other pressures and stresses associated with grade school or high school. Want to be proud of your school pictures versus embarrassed? Want to stop hiding your face behind your hair? We have some good news for you … your acne is treatable. Not curable, but treatable.

We’re combining advice from skin care specialists around the country to give you a four-pronged approach to banish those breakouts using a combination of:

1) good home skin care practices
2) beneficial skincare products
3) chemical peels
4) laser acne rejuvenation treatments

The results? A complexion you’ll be proud to have on your face!

Tip #1: Be Diligent About At Home Skin Care

1. Wash your face twice a day, in the morning and before you go to bed. Don’t overdo it because you can make acne worse with abrasive scrubs, loofahs and masks that can cause more outbreaks.

2. Keep your hair off your face, particularly at bedtime. Pull your hair back with a headband. Wash your pillow cases and sheets frequently to remove the bacteria and oils.

3. As tempting as it is, do not, I repeat do not, pop your pimples. This can result in scarring and will just spread the bacteria.

4. Know that cell phone that is stuck in your ear 24/7? Scrub the screen daily to remove any makeup or oils.

5. Remove your makeup before you go to bed. It can clog your pores and irritate the skin. Clean your makeup brushes at least once/month.

6. Involved in sports? Clean your face immediately after the big game to remove the sweat! Not near a bathroom? Use a face wipe.

7. You’re never too young to wear sunscreen. Choose one for oily skin.

8. Be wary of prescription medication used to treat acne. Some may have serious side effects such as depression.

waterbottle9. Keep your skin hydrated by drinking lots of water – not sugary sodas, but good old fashioned water. Water helps to remove the toxins and build new skin cells.

10. Control your diet. Eat whole grains, nuts and seeds to improve selenium, and vegetables and fruits to cleanse the colon. Oily fish is essential for fatty acids and vitamin D to reduce inflammation and help feed the skin.Limit your intake of oily and fast foods, pies, cakes, French fries, sugary drinks and butter. Avoid stimulants such as colas, caffeine, and coffee as these may lower zinc absorption. Sorry.

Tip #2: Use GOOD Skin Care Products

Your bathroom is probably littered with over-the-counter skincare products that haven’t helped your acne, despite the promises. And it’s not just about your face – your back, neck and shoulders can also be acne prone.

There is no “one size fits all” skin care solution to acne. If you have teenage acne, it’s probably best to be seen by a dermatologist or licensed aesthetician. Why? Because there are thousands of skincare products on the market that target teenage acne, 95% of which don’t work.

1. Medical grade versus over-the-counter. My teenage clients continuously ask me if medical grade skin care products are really worth the money (particularly if you are paying for them versus your parents). The answer is a resounding Yes! The old adage that you get what you pay for applies to skin care products as well. Medical grade products have been approved by a doctor and rigorously tested for their effectiveness. They contain stronger ingredients that are of a higher quality. For instance, we carry the extremely popular and effective Obagi line which is monitored for each teenager by our Nurse.

Stay tuned for part 2 of this article shortly…..

Mia Liefso is a professional medical skin therapist and the owner of Bradford Skin Clinic & Med Spa in Bradford, Ontario. She has certifications in IPL, LHE, laser and ultrasound technologies, as well as body contouring and medical facial peels. Her areas of special interest include difficult skin conditions—psoriasis, eczema, and acne—premature aging, and endocrinology. Mia’s passion lies in helping people love the skin they’re in.