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8 Acne Blunders: Common Mistakes to Avoid When Working With Acne

By: Mark Lees, PhD
Posted: January 31, 2014, from the February 2014 issue of Skin Inc. magazine.
8 Acne Blunders: Common Mistakes to Avoid When Working With Acn

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Solution. Sit down with your client and design a program coordinating daily home care using a proper cleanser; toner; BPO or AHA treatment; noncomedogenic sunscreen; and hydration and makeup products. These should be available for purchase in your spa’s retail area. Coordinate in-clinic peels, extraction treatments and other related services to boost and accelerate the effects of great home care.

7. Don’t underestimate the importance of compliance. Teenagers are frequently guilty of this, but adults are, too. The failure to perform daily care consistently will not deliver results.

Solution. Try to keep the regimen as simple as possible while still being effective. Teach your clients a “three minutes, morning and night” method so they understand it does not take a lot of time to treat their skin at home. Another compliance problem is cleaning the face, but not using the medication, or using medication and not using sunscreen every day. Emphasize to your client that the key word is “program,” and sticking to one is the only way to achieve and maintain acne clearance.

8. Don’t fail to educate. When you look at all the other factors discussed here, many have one thing in common—client education.

Solution. Take the time, especially during the first visit, to provide a thorough consultation to inform your client specifically about how and why acne occurs, and the need for consistent care. Continue to be a cheerleader for your clients each time they visit your skin care facility.

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