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Cashing In on Dual Treatment Packages

By: Jill Kohler
Posted: January 31, 2014, from the February 2014 issue of Skin Inc. magazine.
Cashing In on Dual Treatment Packages

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The first step in preventing future breakouts and assisting in the healing process of current inflammation is to eliminate surface contamination. A noncrystal microdermabrasion brush treatment with suction is perfect for opening clogged pores without antagonizing already-irritated skin. For added effect, boost the treatment with a salicylic acid serum to deliver a one-two punch to hidden bacteria.

To achieve the most dramatic results, an intense pulsed light (IPL) photofacial is the perfect pairing to go along with microdermabrasion. In a flash, the photofacial handpiece delivers heat energy into the skin in the form of a broad-spectrum light pulse that treats the red, inflamed areas.

In a microscopic fraction of a second, this pulse raises the temperature in infected pores to a level that kills acne bacteria, but does not harm skin. A photofacial treatment has an amazing secondary benefit, as well. Its light-based energy stimulates the body’s natural healing process, speeding up collagen production and the rate of skin cell regeneration.

Cleaning out pores, killing acne bacteria and assisting skin in repairing infected areas is a powerful combination that will supply clients with the results they want. The beauty of combining these two treatments is that they can be rotated frequently, maximizing the opportunity for returns visits. Continue the rotation until the desired results are achieved and remind the client of the importance of follow-up treatments. Without maintenance, clients with acne-prone skin will often experience breakouts again.

Wrinkles, crinkles and creases ... oh my

The battle against the aging process is a tale as old as time. Collagen loss, combined with the damaging effects of free radicals and UV exposure, causes lines to prematurely form on the forehead, under the eyes and around the mouth. Although the problem is partly genetic, there are still ways of reducing the appearance of lines and regaining a youthful look.