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Understanding Acne

By: Lydia Sarfati
Posted: January 30, 2009, from the February 2009 issue of Skin Inc. magazine.

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High frequency is an excellent and versatile tool for the esthetician to use when dealing with acne. This electrical unit contains an electrode that uses UVC germicidal rays and has antibacterial properties. The machine also decreases inflammation, allows for faster healing time for lesions and helps prevent secondary infections. Although high frequency is a great tool, it should not be used on clients who are pregnant, who have high blood pressure or a heart condition, who have epilepsy or asthma, or those with braces, metal implants or heavy dental work. See How-to: Acne Skin Treatment for step-by-step instructions about how to offer this service in your spa.

Educating your clients

Knowledge is the key to treating acne. Educate your client about the importance of in-spa treatments, as well as following a home care program designed especially for them. Inform clients that picking and squeezing pustules will only make their acne worse because picking can spread acne-causing bacteria and squeezing can result in pushing infected material deeper into the skin, causing more inflammation and even scarring.

Another misconception is that acne can simply be washed away, but over-washing will further irritate the skin. Educate your clients about the myths of acne, such as acne is caused by chocolate. There is no evidence to support that claim. Maintaining a healthy lifestyle, home care program, nutritional supplements and professional acne treatments will lead to healthier, more radiant skin at any age.

REFERENCES

1. www.aad.org/media/background/factsheets/fact_acne.html (Accessed Nov 26, 2008)