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Survey Reveals Perceptions of Teens With Acne--With Exclusive Commentary About How to Begin Acne Treatment for Teens

Posted: March 31, 2011

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Source: Acne Academy

Rayda Ireifej, owner of The Brow and Skin Studio in Huntington Beach, CA, gives SkinInc.com tips on how to begin treating teenage clients who have acne.

Skin health has been a top goal of skin care professionals, dermatologists, personal care chemists, researchers and products developers, as well as the public, for decades. Adolescent acne is been a serious condition that reflects on a young person's looks and healthy well-being. Therefore, as skin care professionals, you are obligated to increase the awareness of the condition of acne to your clients as they visit your skin care facility.

While educating teenagers and their parents about how serious the acne condition is and its effects on the skin ranging from bad inflammation to post-inflammatory pigmentation, or scarring, it is important to keep in mind that you, as a skin care professional, need to continue with your education in all aspects to obtain the knowledge and the power to benefit your clients and their needs.

Important points to remember include the following.

  • Provide an accurate analysis of skin conditions and acne grade. Make sure you and your team members know the difference between rosacea, skin reactions and acne.
  • Provide the proper treatment, which may include acid or nonacid exfoliators.
  • Extraction is very important step in the acne treatment. You have to know what stages to extract and to avoid so you can prevent the spreading of acne within the dermis.
  • Sanitizing and balancing the skin's pH level is a must, no matter what treatment you are doing.
  • Protect clients with a sunscreen that is SPF 30 or higher.
  • Educate your clients about how a healthy diet is essential to healthy skin.
  • Recommend a home regimen that contains benzoyl peroxide 5-10%, depending on the acne grade level for antibacterial effects. If skin reacts to benzol peroxide, salicylic acid can be useful.
  • Consider using hydrators, such as vitamins C and E, in 5-20% strength.
  • Applying a zinc and sulfur mask can be healing and have an antibacterial effect.
  • Advise acne clients to have a very low sodium and no iodine diet.
  • To be successful with controlling acne, your client needs to commit to have one treatment per week for six to eight weeks.