You’re told that our acne will clear once you’re done being a teenager. As you get older, you find out the unfortunate truth: that was a lie.
You’ve tried everything, and despite it all, you wake up with those little red bumps on your face. Acne is the bane of your existence.
One of the most annoying parts of this skin condition is how everyone else seems to know the cure. You’re sick of being told to cut out dairy, exercise more, or reduce your stress levels — it’s stressful to try being less stressed!
Once an acne breakout appears, there’s little you can do to stop it; your main goal is to speed up the healing time and find ways to prevent the next one.
If you’re looking for another way to clear up your skin, why not try an acne facial? In combination with a healthy diet and lifestyle, a facial can help improve the overall condition of your skin.
Different treatments are targeted at repairing discoloration, reducing scarring, and restoring balance to the skin. There are even mask facials that you can purchase online and do yourself.
To help you find the right facial for your skin, we’ll cover the most common types and how they can help tame your breakouts.
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1. Exfoliating Facial:
Sometimes referred to as “microdermabrasion,” this treatment aims to remove dead skin cells, leaving your skin bright and smooth. This is done with an exfoliating device that treats acne, discoloration, and scarring.
If you deal with uneven tone or redness, you may benefit from a microdermabrasion treatment. It’s common for skin to look reddish afterward because of the intense exfoliation, but you’ll notice the best results in the days that follow your appointment.
Follow this appointment with a heavy-duty moisturizer to help your skin recover. Averr Aglow’s Flawless Nourishment Cream is a perfect candidate! This rich moisturizer hydrates your skin with restorative botanicals like camellia and pumpkin seed, so your post-facial complexion stays supple and glowing.
2. Decongesting Facial:
Are your pores clogged with sebum and blackheads? Don’t you wish you could purge your skin?
Many of your pimples are caused by your sebaceous glands, which are intended to protect your skin against sun damage and moisture loss. When they overproduce sebum that mixes with P. acnes bacteria, you’ve got a breakout on your hands.
So what can you do?
During a decongesting facial, the esthetician will typically begin by using a steam treatment on your face; this softens your pores and makes extractions easier. Using an extraction tool, the esthetician will then clear out blackheads and whiteheads.
You’ll need a highly qualified person for this job, since extractions can damage capillaries beneath the surface and spread bacteria if they’re not done properly.
A safer, gentler treatment for your skin is to try the Averr Aglow Luminous Clear Skin Kit. These products are designed to clear breakouts without damaging your delicate pores; they can help cleanse, hydrate, detoxify, and balance your skin with natural ingredients.
3. Hydrating Facial:
If you have an arsenal of acne-fighting products on your shelf, then chances are your skin is drying out. This is a common side effect of retinol, salicylic acid, and benzoyl peroxide — even if these treatments are helping with your acne (which isn’t guaranteed), you’re left with skin that’s dry, flaky, and tight.
To address these concerns, you can get a hydrating facial. It packs your skin with moisturizing creams and promotes the growth of new skin cells. These are available as facial masks, or you can schedule an appointment with an esthetician.
Treating your skin with hydrating serums will also leave your skin feeling soft and supple. There are incredible vitamin-rich serums that you can use in the comfort of your own home, like Averr Aglow’s Perfectionist Overnight Serum. Lush with antioxidants, this serum bathes your skin with passionfruit, acai, and prickly pear for thorough hydration and nourishment.
4. Brightening Facial:
Acne scars leave us with dark spots and discoloration that can take months to heal, but with a brightening facial you can speed up this process. This treatment involves a combination of products and treatments to result in brighter skin and reduce hyperpigmentation.
Products like vitamin C, acid peels, and masks slough off the topmost layer of skin and reveal a smoother face. After a brightening facial, you’ll be left with dewy, plump skin.
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5. Classic Facial:
You probably envision this treatment when you think about an acne facial. It doesn’t involve a specialized product; rather, it makes use of tried-and-true techniques to alleviate breakouts.
First, your skin is cleansed and steamed to open up your pores. An abrasive scrub is applied to remove dead skin cells. The esthetician will then massage your face. At this point, a combination of products is applied, like a moisturizer, serum, or mask.
6. LED Light Facial:
This laser treatment can help improve scars, pigmentation, and breakouts. It uses intense pulsed light to promote healing and reduce inflammation.
The different wavelengths in LED light address different skin concerns. Each color of light has a different function: blue light eliminates bacteria that cause acne, white improves skin tone, and red reduces inflammation and promotes collagen production.
You may notice a difference in your skin in the following days; results are more intense with repeated treatments.
Since facials detoxify and purge the skin, some experience breakouts following their treatment. Don’t worry: this is a sign that your skin is purging the pore-clogging bacteria. These blemishes usually clear up within a week.
Professional acne treatments are available at different price points — the right one for you depends on your budget, skin concerns, and how many treatments you’re willing to undergo.
It’s hard to find a “magic bullet” procedure to cure your acne, but adding facials to complement your natural skincare routine can certainly help!
Catherine Holland is the Content Coordinator at Simply Radiant, a laser care clinic that specializes in laser aesthetic treatments such as hair removal and conditions such as acne. Catherine is keenly interested in writing about alternative medicine, skincare, and health-related topics.