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When It Comes Skin Concerns – Breakouts Trump Everything!

Acne – Impacts Your Skin at Every Age.



Did you know that according to the American Academy of Dermatology 85% of people experience acne at some point in their lives?  No matter what your age, skin type, or skin color, at some point you are bound to get a pimple. 


Acne is the most frequently diagnosed condition and the most common skin disease that exists today.


But take heart:  I have made it my mission to help all acne sufferers take control so that they physical and emotional challenge of this skin condition no longer need to be a fact of life. 


What is Acne? 


Yes, an occasional breakout associated with your monthly menstrual cycle, blackhead on your nose and chin, back, chest or even more unspeakable places, it’s all acne in one form or another. 


Acne is an inflammatory condition of the skin that occurs inside a pore.  The passageway from the bottom of the hair follicle to the skin’s surface.  When you see the bump that finally appears is actually the final step in a silent process that begins deep inside a pore one to two weeks before the pimple is ever visible. 


Simply put – Acne is a 4 step process

  • Step 1 – Clogged Pores

  • Step 2 – Trapping of Oil (Sebum)

  • Step 3 – Bacterial Attack

  • Step 4 – Inflammation

When it comes to Acne – You must become a “Control Fanatic” – we cannot stress enough that although acne is not curable, it is treatable and controllable.  There are many ways to treat acne – but the basic principles of treatment are the same:  unclog the pores, kill the bacteria, and calm the inflammation. 

Unclogging Pores and (keep them Unclogged)


It is necessary to prevent dead cells from clogging pores, they must be kept from clumping together.  This requires delivering the right ingredients deep into pores.  Alpha Hydroxy Acids, retinoids, Salicylic Acid, and Sulfur are ingredients capable of disrupting the plug forming.


Killing Bacteria


Sodium benzoate is one of my preferred antibacterial agent for long-term control of acne, while oral antibiotics or other topical antibiotics such as clindamycin may sometimes be prescribed by physicians for short-term use.  Sodium benzoate kills bacteria and fungi while promoting the skin’s natural barrier protection. 


Treating Inflammation


While unclogging the pores and killing bacteria will keep new bacteria from forming, the most immediate improvement in acne comes from treating the swelling or inflammation.  This will help reduce redness as well. 


Finally, treating the effects of post inflammatory hyperpigmentation finishes the job that your antiacne routine starts.  By clearing dark marks with a product containing proven skin lightening benefits, you can achieve a clear, healthy-looking, radiant complexion.  Remember that sunscreen is a critical component in reducing dark marks (even better – prevent them in the first place) and for ensuring optimal results. 


Do you want to treat Mild Acne Naturally:  My professional recommendation is to schedule a consultation but I have include a few of my favorite products that will help you achieve great results. 


To treat skin prone to minor breakouts, teenage skin, and oily skin in need of deep cleansing with a powerful blend of alpha and beta hydroxy acids and natural fruit antioxidants to assist in healthy cellular turnover and promote balanced skin:    Raspberry Refining Cleanser, Blemish Spot Treatment, Claifying Toner Pads, Light Aloe Moisturizer


For those of you who have moderate acne – characterized by consistent, often daily, breakouts and inflamed, congested skin I have chosen these products which relieve and heal troubled skin with a combination of powerful alpha and beta hydroxy acids and soothing. Antiinflammatory botanicals.  Raspberry Refining Cleanser, Blemish Spot Treatment, Clarifying Toner Pads, Light Aloe Moisturizer along with Glycolic Cleanser, Retinol 2% Exfoliating Scrub, Glycolic and Retinol Pads


What’s New in Treating Acne? 


We regularly have the opportunity to see developments in the treatment of acne and are optimistic that new options continue to provide alternatives to control acne and keep skin clear.  One area of excitement are the new devices that recently hit the market. 


We’ve seen encouraging results with LEDS (light emitting diodes) that treat skin with specific wavelengths of blue light and red light.  But there is still no substitute for full daily medicated skincare regimen.   70% of your results come from using the CORRECT PRODUCTS at the CORRECT TIME.  Don’t gamble with your face – see your esthetician for a consultation. 


Here at Aliques Skin and Body Transformation we like to use IPL to treat Acne as we have seen excellent results and no downtime or irritation to the client.   


How IPL Works


During IPL treatments, short pulses of intense light are emitted from an applicator onto your skin. To treat acne, specific wavelengths of light target bacteria in the skin, as well as inflamed sebaceous glands that contribute to breakouts. IPL energy at various wavelengths is also used to selectively destroy pigment cells, blood filled capillary veins, or hair, depending on the intended nature of your treatment.



When your skin absorbs the light energy, it heats up and you will experience a brief, pinprick sensation. A layer of chilled gel applied before treatment helps to ease the discomfort, and as each individual pulse of light can treat a generous area of skin, IPL treatments are generally quite short. A typical session ranges from 20 to 30 minutes, and most clients require between four and six sessions to achieve the desired results.


The Benefits of IPL for Acne Scars


Acne scarring can affect both the color and texture of the skin. Scars may appear as small dents in the skin’s surface or as raised scar tissue. In either case, scarring often creates uneven pigmentation in the form of redness or dark spots. Because Intense Pulsed Light can target pigment cells specifically, IPL treatments are effective for evening out discoloration, which dramatically reduces the visibility of acne scars and gives the appearance of a more uniform skin surface. IPL does not smooth out raised scars or decrease the depth of indented scars.


Why Choose IPL Treatments


Intense Pulsed Light treatments are a noninvasive, nonabrasive option for anyone who wishes to reduce the visibility of acne scars. The minimal discomfort involved in the procedure means that no anesthesia is required beyond a mild cooling gel. Side effects are rare, with redness in the treated area typically short lived and a normal appearance restored within hours of the treatment.


Who Should Use IPL


Intense Pulsed Light treatments are recommended for anyone other than darker skinned individuals, as these people may experience hyper-pigmentation from IPL, and people currently or recently treated with the medication Accutane. Pregnant women and photosensitive individuals should consult their physician before commencing treatment. For those who wish to improve the texture as well as the pigmentation of acne scars, IPL can be combined with a more intensive procedure, such as a glycolic acid peel, in order to achieve the desired outcome.


Whether you suffer from active inflammatory acne or only lingering scars, IPL treatment is a safe, nonsurgical method for significantly improving the condition of your skin. If acne breakouts and scars are troubling you, treatment with Intense Pulsed Light could allow you to face the world with full confidence again.


Purchase IPL Package – Don’t let Acne impact your emotions, low-self-esteem, self-consciousness.  This daily anguish can be prevented.   Typical session is 15 minutes spaced at four-to-six weeks intervals.  Annual maintenance is required or some conditions.  Minimal downtime.  




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