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The Essential Truth About Acne

By: Kristina Valiani
Posted: December 4, 2013, from the December 2013 issue of Skin Inc. magazine.

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Over-cleansing or over-exfoliating can strip and irritate acne-prone skin, and may result in inflammation that can lead to more flareups. In fact, there is a type of acne known as acne detergicans, which is caused from over-cleansing the skin. Once inflammatory lesions have cleared, a client may be able to reduce the strength of the treatment. Your client can continue to use stronger acne products as a spot treatment when an acne lesion is present. Explain to your clients that environment can play a significant role in the cause of acne lesions. For example, high humidity does not allow oils to evaporate easily from skin, causing sebum to stay on the skin’s surface, which results in more acne lesions.

Clear expectations

As a skin care professional, you will encounter many clients who are struggling with acne and looking to you for answers to achieve radiant skin. Supply them with clear expectations, including a structured plan that consists of a series of professional treatments and a daily at-home regimen, and they will see improvements in their skin’s clarity, and ultimately build a strong relationship with you to continue and maintain their desired results.


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Kristina ValianiKristina Valiani is a licensed esthetician and educator for a leading skin care brand, and conducts professional training and continuing education classes for estheticians throughout the United States. She can be reached at