Acne is a common and often embarrassing part of adolescence. There are a multitude of home care treatments for varying levels of acne. Depending on your acne and your budget, you may consider treatment at a salon, which can offer treatments unavailable to you at home.
Identify the Type of Acne
Before you decide to go to a salon and consult with an esthetician, a person trained in cosmetology school to treat facial aesthetics, determine the type of acne you have. Cystic acne is a severe form that may require medication, with more mild acne producing a combination of blackheads, papules, and whiteheads. The most common form of acne is acne vulgaris, a combination of blackhead, papules, and whiteheads.
Facial and Micro Abrasions
The facial is a more appropriate treatment for mild acne and involves “extractions,” which involves removing pore blockage from blackheads and whiteheads. The esthetician will then give your face a complete cleaning, which may involve a “face mask,” steaming, and facial massages, using cleaning products that remove oily, dead, and drying skin.
Micro abrasions involve using highly refined crystals to remove the top layer of skin, removing clogged pores and dead skin. This type of treatment is best for mild acne and not appropriate for cystic acne, which may require more aggressive treatment, involving medication.
Laser Treatment and Light Therapy
Laser treatment involves use of highly focused lasers to kill the bacterium that often causes bacteria. There are also laser treatments that eliminate overactive sebaceous oil glands (middle layer of the skin) that cause acne. More often than not, a dermatologist will conduct laser treatment, so you would have to find a salon that provides an on-site dermatologist.
Light treatment involves using lower-level ultraviolet light to destroy bacteria-based acne. Blue light therapy is a popular type of light therapy. The drawback of light therapy is that it is an ongoing process that requires multiple visits to continuously kill bacteria.
Often used to eliminate acne scars, chemical peels also work to reduce the growing acne on your face. It involves an esthetician applying a chemical solution that causes the outer layer of your skin to peel. It immediately exfoliates the skin and removes the superficial layers of acne. You will typically see some redness that will subside within a week.