A non-MD skincare professional (Certified Acne Specialist) can be incredibly effective without the use of any prescriptions. I have no medical doctors on staff; yet, according to an independent survey that was done in 2007 by Face Reality Acne Clinic, where I was trained, 90 percent of acne clients were clear within six months. Here is how I do things differently than a physician:
- I educate you on lifestyle issues, drugs/medications, and comedogenic ingredients in makeup and skin care products that can exacerbate acne. I give you a strict home care treatment Program and follow up to make sure you understand what is expected of you.
- I assign a home care regimen according to type and severity of your acne. I use formulations with mandelic/lactic acid, vitamin A Proprionate and, to a lesser degree, glycolic and salicylic acid. I couple this with the systematic use of benzoyl peroxide, starting slowly so that your skin won't get so irritated in the beginning. As you work with me, I adjust your home care regimen as your skin adapts.
- I coach you on the next steps in your home care and assess the condition of your skin during your appointments to see whether it is ready for the next step. If it is, I adjust the frequency of usage of your home care products, not allowing your skin to get used to your current routine.
- I do extractions every time you get a treatment with me, so your skin clears more quickly.
If you have been disappointed by the medical communities' attempts to get your skin clear, consider having a Certified Acne Specialist help you to get rid of your acne. Serving Frisco, McKinney, Allen, Little Elm and the surrounding areas.
Acne is definitely a four-letter word for people who suffer with it. It is an inherited disorder of the pores — pores that want to sludge up with dead skin cells much like a clogged drain in your sink. Normal pores shed about one layer of dead skin cells per day inside the pore. The acne-prone pores shed up to five layers of dead skin cells per day, and the body just can’t keep up. This forms congestion under the skin which are non-inflamed acne lesions (blackheads and/or whiteheads); and if bacteria are present (which loves to feed on the dead skin cells and oil), you will get inflamed pimples, pustules and/or cysts.
What is Non-inflamed Acne?
Dead skin cells and oil (plus other debris) form a plug inside the pore. If this plug does not become inflamed, it can become a whitehead — a non-inflamed lesion under the skin, also called a “closed comedone.” Sometimes called “maturation arrest” acne, as it has not “matured” into a blackhead yet.
What is Inflamed Acne?
As the oil and the dead skin cells build up, they put pressure on the cells surrounding the pore. With enough pressure, the sides of the pore rupture and the contents of the pore leak into the surrounding skin. Because this material contains a lot of P. acnes bacteria, the surrounding skin now becomes infected, creating a red bump that we know as a pimple. The medical term for this red bump is an inflammatory papule.
A pustule is different from a pimple only in that it contains white blood cells. When the immune system fights off the P. acnes infection, white blood cells, which are soldiers of the immune system — pile up, creating pus in the pore.
A nodule is a solid dome-shaped lesion that extends below the surface, deep into the layers of the skin. Scarring is common with nodules and can sometimes leave an impaction behind, which can flare again and again.
When a group of pustules cluster together under the skin, they form a cyst. An acne cyst can appear similar to a nodule, but is pus-filled, and can have a diameter of 5mm or more across. They are usually very painful, and scarring is common with cysts.
Acne is a mysterious disorder, but one thing IS for sure – it can be controlled with the right combination of products used in the correct way. Just as in a clogged drain, the pore must be treated with products that unclog it, keep it unclogged and kill the acne bacteria. Clear Beauty Skincare & Acne Clinic has what you need to do just this.
Clear Beauty Skincare & Acne Clinic has a clear-skin Program that will have your acne under control in about three to four months depending on your type of acne. I combine the power of clinical-grade home care products that are customized for your type of acne and skin with a series of bimonthly treatments that facilitate the clearing of your skin. I also teach you about other aggravating factors that make you break out – foods, medications, cosmetics, stress, and common ingredients in skin care formulations that might be clogging your pores (even professional and prescription products!).
Your results may vary. Results take time and depend on compliance to the entire Program. Typically, results take approximately 3-4 months but could take longer. Aren't you worth the effort?