For Tweens, Teens, & Adults
Acne is one of the most common and distressing skin problems. Although there is no cure for acne, together through home care prevention, treatment, and professional guidance we can treat it & beat it!
Through our North Shore Medical Spa Services, we are able to bring you many effective customized solutions to treat your acne. All treatments are customized. The Medical Spa at New Horizon Center helps patients who have
- Moderate to severe acne
- Oily skin
- Large pores
- No success with alternative acne treatments
- Chosen to avoid acne medications
Acne Workshops for Tweens & Teens
Easy Do’s & Don’ts to Clear & Clean Skin
Being a teen should be fun with problem-free skin! Acne commercials and internet info overload are way too confusing when it comes to effective skin care. Don’t wait until acne has you down- schedule a free session with one of our aestheticians and take charge of your skin. Learn great tips and easy home care steps to treat and beat acne!
Free sessions are available at our medical spa by appointment.
Causes of Acne
Bottom line- too much oil, dead skin, and debris build up in a gooey paste and clog pores. At the same time dead skin builds up on the surface and also clogs pores. You now have blackheads and whiteheads. When oxygen (which normally keeps bacteria in the pores under control) can’t get into the pores because they’re clogged, bacteria grows, pus forms, and BAM- you have a pimple! Even worse is when you have a hard lump growing way down deep in the pore that never “comes to a head”, it only grows bigger and bigger…
GOOD NEWS – IT CAN BE TREATED!!
Total Treatment for Acne
Acne Prevention, Control, & Correction
Smart Home Care
Healthy skin is clear skin. Think about it- when it comes to your skin, just like taking care of your teeth, what you do every day & night has a HUGE impact on its health. Effective acne treatment depends on smart home care. There are many excellent acne products available today because there are different grades of acne, skin types & tones, plus different breakout triggers. Choosing products for YOUR acne can be overwhelming and totally confusing. A consultation with our clinical aestheticians can save you a lot of time and money. They’ll take out all the guess-work and get you on an easy, effective regimen all designed for YOUR skin- YOUR acne.
Products should include ingredients to:
- Exfoliate (hydroxy acids, polishes & scrubs)
- Control Oil (salicylic acid)
- Treat bacteria as needed (benzoyl peroxide, resorcinol)
- Provide nutrition & hydration
Remember- you MUST keep your skin HEALTHY or it may never clear up. Simply scrubbing & drying it out can actually make the acne worse. Great antioxidants (green tea, licorice) provide wonderful nutrition plus treat irritation, red marks & inflammation. Light or oil-free hydration (hyaluronic acid) keeps the skin nourished and prevents excessive oil production. It’s all about BALANCE!
MYTH: Tanning clears up acne.
You MUST use broad-spectrum sun protection SPF30+ every day, 365 days a year! Problematic skin especially needs extra protection from the heat of UV rays. Many people think that tanning clears up their acne. Although this may seem true as it may help temporarily, tanning thickens the surface of the skin causing- you guessed it- clogged pores. Heat from UV rays also causes deep inflammation and damage, not to mention skin cancer. We have a great selection of oil-free, chemical-free sheer and lightly tinted sun protection products to choose from.
Exfoliation: Scrubs & Hydroxy Acids
Regular exfoliation with a combination of hydroxy acids (salicylic acid, lactic acid, and glycolic acid) and a gentle scrub gives problem skin a one-two punch by keeping pores unclogged plus controlling oil production. The dead skin cells will be polished away, allowing your pores to function properly. Be careful not to over-exfoliate though. Over-exfoliation causes pre-mature aging and over-stimulates oil production, leading to more breakouts. Your aesthetician will recommend the best exfoliation program for your skin.
Tretinoin: Prescription Retinoic Acid
For advanced grades of acne Tretinoin is one of the most powerful exfoliating tools that we have. It increases skin cell turnover which results in increased shedding of dead skin and excellent exfoliation. This is the reason why medications such as Retin-A, Differin, and Tazorac are commonly prescribed to people with acne. The downside of tretinoin is that it often leaves the skin red and flaky for a period of time while you are adjusting to it. This period of adjustment can last from a couple weeks to a couple of months. For those that want something less irritating we have medical-strength retinol which is very effective as well.
From topical over-the-counter products to oral prescription medications, inflamed acne leasions need a little assistance to help clear them up and prevent the spread of infection. What to use will depend on the severity of acne. An occasional pimple may need just a little spot treatment stick while advanced acne grades most likely will need prescription medications to get it under control.
The key to using topical products with anitbacterial medications (especially Benzoyl Peroxide) is to apply them to inflamed lesions only, and stop using when it’s cleared up. There are over-the-counter product lines loaded with Benzoyl Peroxide (BPO) in just about every product. If we had $1 for every time we’ve heard “it cleared up my skin at first, then my acne came back even worse…” we’d definitely be gazillionaires! Constantly applying BPO to skin that is not inflamed/no infection dries it out, causes irritation, and leads to more clogged pores and breakouts.
Professional Acne Treatments
Once the acne redness, bumps, and infection have arisen, prevention is no longer enough. At this point you may need to have a professional treatment. For mild to moderate acne we offer clinical acne facials to help resolve any acne breakouts.
Chemical peels exfoliate deeper and remove oil and debris attached to the skin’s surface. The peeling solutions can penetrate through and dissolve the sebum in follicles to clean out clogged pores. They also help treat the bacteria that cause acne.
The Medical Spa at New Horizons offers the FDA-approved Acleara Acne Treatment, which works on all skin types. Treatment takes as little as 10 minutes. Multiple sessions may be required depending on the severity of your acne. More importantly, this process is pain free and requires no downtime afterwards, though patients may experience a mild sunburn-like after effect that lasts no longer than 24 hours. Please see below for Acleara before and after pictures.*
Healing Damage & Scar Reduction
While acne blemishes can be very frustrating, by far the worst effect of acne is the scarring, redness, and disfigurement that it leaves behind. The good news is that we can minimize and virtually erase many acne scars with Fraxel Laser. MicroPen Micro-Needling and PRP are recent additions to the world of aesthetics for treating acne scars. Both are also VERY effective and the preferred procedure for darker skin tones. To date we have treated many patients with outstanding, life-changing results!*