Over the last few years, I have been doing a lot more microdermabrasion treatments for teenagers. Often parents are so heartbroken seeing their children unhappy about unsightly spots they make the appointment for them and sit in the waiting room. Sometimes, teenagers make the appointments themselves because they just want to feel good about themselves with clear skin. It is something I can understand, both of my own children struggled with acne as teenagers (as have many others).
So what is acne? Acne is a build-up of infected sebum (oil) under the skin’s surface which is blocked by dead skin cells. This results in both the bacteria and dead skin cells causing inflammation and producing the white top of the acne pustule or small cysts. It can be caused or triggered by a variety of contributing factors including hormones, food sensitivities, genetics, poor diet, stress, fatigue and an obstruction of the pore by dead skin cells and sebum. As the cause is largely due to blocked pores, using active skin products daily in conjunction with crystal free microdermabrasion sessions can remove dead skin cells and unblock the pores, decreasing the build up of sebum and reducing the acne and redness over a course of treatments.
When teenagers come in for their appointment, I start off by explaining what acne is, then I go through the microdermabrasion process with them and explain how it works. After that comes the part many get frustrated by – one session unfortunately won’t clear up their skin, they will need to come and see me a few times to really make a difference.
Then, I take them through a skin regime, because consistency is important when dealing with acne. I suggest products that I know will work and explain that it is up to them to keep the regime up. I also like to ask a few questions about diet and suggest changes because great skin only happens when you’re looking after it on the outside and the inside.
Please keep in mind that patience is the final step, nothing will change overnight (though, it would be nice), but it will change. Some come back, others don’t.
If you’ve seen ads on television for certain skincare brands you’ll notice that the celebrity always talks about how much more confident they feel with clear skin, and that is very true. Acne can really bring down confidence levels. If you have a teen struggling with acne, please come and see me.
PS. We have a special just for students on micro-dermabrasion sessions – only $60.00 instead of $110.00. You can book here.