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At ASerenity Skin | Body, we perform Face Reality Acne peels and enzyme treatments as well as offer the Face Reality skincare line.

When you come in for your consultation, we perform a skin analysis and sensitivity test to determine which products will be best for you based on acne and skin type.

All new clients are required to schedule the Consultation & Skin Analysis first before receiving a treatment. There is a two week acclimation process in the beginning of the program to allow your skin to adjust to your new home care products.

Acclimation is important so that your skin doesn't get irritated or dry which compromises the progress of your skin. The acclimation process also helps prep your skin for your first acne treatment for better results and easier extractions.

ASerenity Skin | Body is certified through Face Reality Acne Clinic who have been treating acne for over a decade.

No other line can compare to Face Reality because of it's efficacy, quality of ingredients, customization and results it provides our clients.

consultation

$60

let's start!

For those ready to start the acne program.

  • In-depth consultation
  • Skin analysis and sensitivity test
  • Before pictures
  • Review product recommendations
  • Sign acne program forms
  • Schedule your future treatments

consultation & acne treatment

$130

Commit!

With your commitment to the skincare regimen and our in-clinic treatments, we will take control of your acne in as little as 3 months, with visible improvements within first 3 weeks.  When you enroll in our acne treatment clinic, we will work together as a team to conquer your acne.

 

acne treatment

$85

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Depending on acne type and condition of the skin, either an enzyme or specially formulated TCA peel will be chosen for you the day of your appointment. Extractions are performed and LED is used to help kill bacteria and reduce inflammation in the skin. LED is an amazing addition to help clear acne.

 

This acne package is part of an acne program and is not available without product purchase.

If you are interested in extractions, High frequency and LED, please book our acne facial.

 

 How the program works

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what causes acne?

Acne affects approximately 95% of the population at some point during their lifetime. This disorder can range from mild to severe forms, and can even cause extensive acne scarring. Regardless of age, gender, or skin color, the cause of acne is the same across the board. It is a hereditary disease of the sebaceous follicles, aka – your pores. Similar to your hair color, you inherited it from your parents. People with acne have pores that function differently than people without acne. A normal cell sheds about one cell layer per day whereas acne-prone skin sheds up to five cell layers a day. Instead of flowing up and out onto the skin, the excess skin cells begin to accumulate within the pore, where they get stuck.

Also within our pores are oil glands known as “sebaceous glands”. The purpose of this gland is to secrete oil. So when the oil mixes with the extra shed cells, it causes a pile up of debris in the pore. This is the beginning of an acne lesion known as a “microcomedone”. As the oil and dead cells stick together, they fill up the pore. Once they hit the surface of the skin, you have a pimple, pustule, blackhead etc. It can take as much as 90 days from the first formation of a microcomedone until it reaches the surface. So the blemishes you see today, started back quite a while ago. Be wary of any product that promises to clear acne overnight, as it simply isn’t realistic.

While everyone’s pores contain naturally occurring bacteria, in the case of acne sufferers, the combination of oil and dead skin cells create a perfect environment for bacteria to grow rampantly, thus contributing to an acne problem. Bacteria alone, is not the cause of acne. The oil, dead skin cells, and bacteria together, is where the problem occurs.

When you consider these factors of acne-prone skin, you will understand why so many acne treatments don’t work. A successful solution to acne is a process that addresses all factors rather than just one versus another.

acne myths

  • acne myth #1
    Acne Caused By Dirty Skin

    Unfortunately this myth causes a lot of overcleaning of the face with soaps and strong detergent cleansers. Frequent washing actually irritates pores, which can cause them to become clogged. Cleansing with the right type of product (not bar soaps or harsh detergent based cleansers) twice a day is good enough. A washcloth or any other cleansing device can add even more irritation. The best bet is to wash very gently with bare hands and only wash twice a day.

  • acne myth #2
    Acne Is Caused By Junk Food & Candy

    A diet high in iodides (the salt on those french fries) can make acne worse, but neither candy nor fried foods “cause” acne. There have been studies that show that sugar-laden foods and fast foods can make acne worse, but it certainly is not the “cause”. If it caused it then every teenager in America would have acne, but that is not the case. Acne is an inherited disorder of the pores – you either are prone to it or not. Clinical experiments have proven that chocolate does not cause or worsen acne.

  • acne myth #3
    Acne Can Be Cured

    There is no “cure” for acne. Most people will grow out of it at some point in their lives, but no one can predict when that will be. Acne can wreak havoc on your face until you do. The good news is that acne can be controlled by using the right products for your type of acne and used in the right way.

  • acne myth #4
    Stress Causes Acne

    Acne is caused by oil, dead cells and bacteria together. Stress can aggravate acne, but not cause it.

  • acne myth #5
    Moisturizer Will Make You Break Out

    Most people with acne are deathly afraid of moisturizers and with good cause! There ARE many moisturizers with pore-clogging ingredients in them. However, any product that is active enough to get your acne under control can and will be inherently drying/dehydrating. This means you will need to:
    • Start slowly with strong products to allow your skin to get used to them.
    • Use a sunscreen/moisturizer during the day to give your skin the moisture it needs so it doesn’t get completely irritated and dried out from your acne regimen.
    • Make sure the sunscreen and/or moisturizer you use is noncomedogenic (non pore-clogging).
    • Never use moisturizer over the top of benzoyl peroxide – it will stop it from penetrating the pore where it does the work of preventing acne from forming.

  • acne myth #6
    I Can Dry Up My Acne

    Not true. Drying out your face only makes your skin sensitive, flaky, tight and uncomfortable. Your face is dry on the surface, but that doesn’t really clean out your pores. Using a combination of acne products that keep the pore clean, kill bacteria and exfoliate without over drying is how you clear up acne.

  • acne myth #7
    I Don’t Need To Use A Sunscreen. The Sun Will Help Get Rid Of Acne

    Oh, yes you do! Not only does a sunscreen prevent acne spots from becoming pigmented, it also helps hydrate the face during the day while your using an acne regimen. Make sure the sunscreen/moisturizer you use is noncomedogenic (non pore-clogging) ingredients. Overly exposing your skin to the sun creates skin damage, which leaves the skin irritated. Irritation brings new breakouts.

  • acne myth #8
    Dermatologists Know Everything There Is To Know About Acne.

    Most dermatologist do not specialize in acne. Becoming a dermatologist requires a person to study and understand a huge list of skin diseases, and acne is simply one of many. Even though acne is the #1 reason people see dermatologists, this does not mean that a dermatologist is a specialist in acne unless she specifically decided to focus her practice on this area.

Tips For Clear Skin

Here are some tips for getting clear skin:

  • Use ice instead of picking: Ice helps inflamed lesions from getting worse and often can make them go away. Cleanse your skin first, then get an ice cube and ice your zits for a minute or two. Icing the face will also help products penetrate better.
  • Stop using liquid fabric softeners and dryer sheets. All of these leave a waxy residue on cloth. Unfortunately, that wax is getting on your skin while you sleep on that soft pillowcase, and it's clogging your pores. And, don't think that fragrance free is any better - it's the waxy residue, not the fragrance.
  • Cut out the fast food and use unionized salt at home. Iodides are the culprit in the foods that you eat - it irritates the follicle walls and breaks you out. Stop eating peanut butter, peanuts and/or peanut oil. Peanuts contain an androgen hormone that can make acne worse. Try switching to unsalted almond or cashew butter- it doesn't have the same effect as peanuts. A lot of vitamins and protein drinks contain high levels of iodides also.
  • Start taking zinc supplements. Research indicates that the best form to take is zinc monomethionine. Always take with food. Zinc monomethionine helps with inflammation from the inside out. Fish Oil, Vitamin A and D is also helpful.
  • For women - use noncomedogenic (non pore-clogging) makeup and hair care. Don't take birth control pills that are low estrogen pills.

Find a skincare professional who understands these concepts and can help guide you in using the right products in the right way. If they give you an "acne kit" or a prescription for antibiotics and/or a retinoid without telling you how to use it, seek out someone else.

Tips For Women

Make-Up For Acneic Skin

Make-up does not cause acne but makeup can surely make it worse and potentially exacerbate breakouts in those who are acne prone.
Most pressed powders, BBcreams, and cream-to-powder formulations, contain waxes or other ingredients, which are unsafe for acne clients.
I suggest taking a very close look at the ingredient deck. This is generally found on the product box. Compare the ingredients to my Pore Clogging List and see if you find any offenders. If so, I suggest making a change to a safe makeup.
If you are looking for help clearing your acne and finding a safe makeup, we can help with a 100% acne safe makeup.

Birth Control For Acne

Birth control pills, IUDs, implants and shots are widely used today and prescribed often as a means to control acne. Most forms of birth control can have the potential to cause acne and weight gain in those susceptible. Typically birth control is divided up as estrogen or progestin dominant and have varying degrees of androgenic (testosterone like) effects. As a general rule of thumb, those with the potential for higher androgenic symptoms should be avoided for people prone to acne because they promote breakouts. As an acne sufferer it is important to speak with your doctor about selecting a form of birth control that is higher in estrogen and lower in androgen potency.

The most commonly prescribed in this category are:

Brevicon
Necon
Tri-Nessa
Demulan
Ortho Tricyclen
Tri-Previferm
Femcon
Ortho-Novum

Tri-Sprintec
Kelnor
Ovcon
Zovia
Modicon
Previferm
MonoNessa
Sprintec

It is best to avoid the following that are high in androgen activity and low in estrogen:

Alesse
Kariva
Nexplanon
Amethyst
Lessina
Nordette
Apri
Levora/Levonest
Norplant
Azurette
Linessa
Nuva
Ring

Caziant
Loestrin
Ogestrel
Cryselle
Lo-Feminol
Ortho Tricyclen Lo
Cyclessa
Lo-Ogestrel
Ovral
Depo-Provera
Lo-Ovral
Paragard/Copper IUD*
Desogen

Lutera
Portia
Emoquette
Marvelon
Reclipsen
Estrostep FeMicrogestin
Seasonale/Seasonique
Implanon
Mircette
Sronyx
Jolessa
Mirena or Skylar
IUDTriphasil/Trivora

Only you and your doctor can determine what form of birth control is right for you. The above is just a basic guideline that should be used to initiate a conversation between you and your physician. If you are considering using birth control, it is important to know that it can be associated with a high risk of blood clots, weight gain, nausea, mood changes, depression and breast tenderness. Serious side effects include strokes, digestive issues and embolism.

Finally, it is entirely possible to treat acne without using birth control. If you have no underlying health issues that require you to be on birth control and are considering using birth control only to control your acne, please feel free to talk with one of the estheticians to get some additional perspective on how we can help you with the use of topical products and treatments.
*Although the Paragard/Copper IUD does not contain any hormones, we have observed that it has aggravated acne with our clients.

Tips For Men

Teenage Boys And Acne

As if the pressures of high school weren’t enough, you have to deal with pimples too?!

There are several things that can happen with hormonal changes in your teens. A sudden growth spurt, voice changes, hair on your face, underarms, and legs. And in some cases, acne! Hormones are not the cause of acne, but they do make it worse.

As we have discussed, acne is an inherited disorder of the pores. It starts at puberty when the oil glands start maturing. For a teenager, this is in the T-zone. A normal pore sheds about 1 layer of dead skin cells a day. But,someone with this disorder can shed up to 5 layers a day. All those dead skin cells combined with oil form a plug in the pore. This is how all acne starts.

Boys will tend to get acne earlier than girls, but will usually grow out of it more quickly. Girls tend to get it a few years later, but they won’t grow out of it until later as well. When hormonal changes get thrown into the mix, you may see a sudden increase in breakouts. An increase in the androgen hormone make the skin’s oil glands larger, in turn they start producing more sebum. Sebum is an oily substance that your skin naturally produces to help lubricate your hair and skin. When more of it is pumped into an already clogged pore, it can cause irritation and inflammation. Lo and behold, a pimple is born! Boys tend to have more inflamed acne (pimples, pustules and cysts) and these can cause scarring if not treated quickly and consistently.

These hormonal changes can make getting clear a bit more challenging. But with consistent exfoliation and use of benzoyl peroxide used correctly, breakouts can be reduced and managed.

Things to remember when dealing with teenage acne:

  • Do your skincare routine every day! Just as you would use hand sanitizer to prevent getting sick from germs, you would use your skincare routine to prevent future breakouts. Not only will this clear your current breakouts, it will prevent new ones from forming.
  • Don’t pick, squeeze, or scratch! We know it’s tempting, but you must resist! Messing with your face can spread bacteria, causing more breakouts, leaving behind scars and dark marks, or causing reoccurring pimples because of damage done to the follicle. Leave them alone and ice instead! You can do this to reduce inflammation: rub ice in a circular motion on each blemish for 2 minutes at a time. It really helps!
  • Keep it clean! If you play sports or take part in other activities that make you sweat, wash your face as soon as you’re done. Bacteria love to feed on the moisture—make sure they don’t have anything to stick around for.
  • We don’t believe in the “one size fits all” program that many other acne management systems use. Allow your Acne Specialist to create a customized homecare routine and treatments for your teenage skin and acne. Together, we’ll not only get you clear, but keep you clear.

Tips For Treating Fungal Folliculitis

  • Antifungal Cleansers, shampoos and topical product.
  • Oral antifungal supplements.
  • Appropriate dietary changes.
  • Exfoliation – regular but gentle peels.

Lifestyle Factors and Things to Avoid

  • Discuss with your doctor whether you can stop oral and topical antibiotics. They are not necessary for us to clear your acne and antibiotics can contribute to folliculitis.
  • Avoid use of very emollient or creamy moisturizers, sunscreens, cleansers, etc.
  • Keep the affected area as dry as possible.
  • For body folliculitis, avoid wearing constrictive clothing or clothing that doesn’t allow skin to breathe. Cotton is best.
  • Avoid foods high in sugar, yeast and carbohydrates including alcohol, breads, candy, etc.
  • Don’t use fabric softener or harsh detergents on sheets or clothing.
  • Avoid using hot tubs or taking very hot showers or baths (especially for body folliculitis).

Antifungal Topical Products

  • Supportive and active products that we recommend.
  • Regenepure shampoo or other shampoos 1% or 2% ketoconazole or zinc pyrithione (make sure there are no pore clogging ingredients if you also have acne).
  • Joesoef Sulfur Soap – the sulfur is anti-fungal.
  • Topical zinc oxide can be calming and help skin maintain an optimal PH.
  • Gold Bond powder for body folliculitis to help keep the skin dry.

Antifungal Supplements

Select one or two and rotate every few weeks.

Olive Leaf Extract
Neem Oil
Oil of Oregano
Apple Cider Vinegar tablets or liquid
Pau d’arco
Berberine
Grape Seed Oil
Garlic

Probiotic supplements (dairy free ones) – good if you have been on antibiotics for a long time. No need to rotate as often as other supplements. Take for several months, then take out of diet for two weeks and start again.
Undecylenic Acid
(bioactive nutrients combines this with two antifungals – neem and grapefruit seed oil.
Coconut Oil (or caprylic acid) – taken internally, NOT as a topical product.

 

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