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It is important to remember that what you put in your body, will be reflected on your skin. If you’re the type of person that generally eats fried up food, soda drinks and other foods that lack nutritional value, you will struggle to maintain a flawless complexion.
Estheticians understand the importance of identifying the cause of any type of skin problem. This helps us advise clients to the best of our ability. For instance, if a client has inflammation problems on the skin, you should generally be warned against eating tomatoes, potatoes or eggplants.
Yet once an esthetician identifies acne as the skin problem, how does one approach it holistically?
Acne is recognized by the American Academy of Dermatology as the most common skin problem found amongst younger and older persons. The reason there is an increase in the number of older clients looking for acne treatment is due to stress, bad eating habits and a poor exercise regime.
There are various types of acne but the most important are as follows: inflammatory, hormonal, bacterial and cystic. There are a number of contributing factors that can cause these types of acne. Some of these factors are oily skin, allergies, genetics, candidas, an exposure to certain types of drugs, exposure to pollutants, make up and a diet that is full of saturated fats.
Most dermatologists will automatically prescribe antibiotics and Accutane to treat most types of acne. The drugs can treat the problem but there are possible negative side effects. Whenever you take antibiotics, it depletes the body of both beneficial and harmful bacteria. When you take antibiotics, you should remember to take probiotics to maintain the health of your intestinal flora. By taking probiotics you are replenishing your body with essential bacteria.
Drugs with tetracycline can cause your skin to become photosensitive. This can promote hyperpigmentation. Holistically, it’s recommended to rather take colloidal silver, which is a natural antibiotic. Colloidal Silver can be taken orally or applied topically.
If you are struggling with acne, it is essential to increase your cellular turnover. The cells of the stratum corneum (the top layer of the skin) does not shed very fast. This creates a buildup of cells on the surface which can trap bacteria and oil. Facial exfoliation is very important step in our skin regimen, it is helping skin shed quicker than it would normally do. Among the variety types of exfoliation, we recommend MECHANICAL (such as Ultrasound Skin Spatula) or ENZYMATIC EXFOLIATORS.
It is important to realize that there is a direct link between sugar and inflammation. This is similar to the link between blemish-free skin and proper nutrition. There was a survey conducted with Japanese patients, once they switched to an American-style diet, they had an increase in the occurrence of acne.
Weather and Acne:
In the summer months, we sweat. For this reason it’s essential to keep the skin clean of excess oils that can be created by sweating. Don’t use harsh chemicals to clean your skin around this time of year. When using harsh chemicals it can strip the skin of its natural acid mantle. This triggers sebum production which can stimulate an acne outbreak.
A similar concept should be applied during the winter months when dryness is experienced. It can be tempting to skip out on using moisturizer during the winter months. However, even acenic skin needs to be moisturized. It is suggested that you increase your intake of essential fatty acids by using either flaxseed or primrose oils. The fatty acids in the oil will help break up the fat deposits that block pores. It will also help restore healthy tissue.
Skin Exfoliation With Ultrasound Skin Spatula Protocol:
1. Cleanse once with cleanser
2. For second cleans, use brush machine with steam (you may also use hot towel if steamer is not available, then apply enzyme peel, and remove peel after 10 – 15 minutes).
3. Using either gauze wipe saturated with distilled water or with a small water spray source, moisten the face before cleaning with the Ultrasound Skin Spatula (in sonic mode / exfoliation).Repeat.
4. Massage lightly to relax facial muscles and follow with extractions then serum applications (e.g. Vitamin C Serum), then penetrate serum with Ultrasound Spatula (in ion +/-).
5. After penetration, apply and remove masque then tone (+ moisturizer with sun screen using Ultrasound Spatula (in ionzyme mode).
It is suggested not to use Ultrasound Skin Spatula on Pustular Acne or around areas of Broken Capillaries.