Though we associate acne with oily adolescent skin, adults of all ages and skin types are increasingly experiencing this frustrating and often chronic skin condition. According to the American Academy of Dermatology, adult acne now affects over 50% of women between the ages of 20-29 and over 25% of premenopausal women between the ages of 40 and 49.
Women are five times more likely than men to develop acne during adulthood, and it often takes a significant toll on their mental health. When the British Skin Foundation surveyed adult female acne sufferers, 95% of respondents claimed their skin condition impacted their daily lives, while 63% said they experience poor self-confidence as a result of having acne. About a third of severe acne sufferers reported feeling depressed and isolated because of their illness.
Chronic acne can clearly be debilitating, but help is available: Even if topical creams haven’t alleviated your symptoms, medical-grade treatments like the HydraFacial can help give you a blemish-free complexion. To receive personalized treatment recommendations for your skin type, contact our skincare professionals at (601) 607-3033.
Why Is Adult Acne So Hard to Treat?
Adolescent acne usually results from a straightforward mix of overactive oil glands and enlarged pores. Adult acne, by contrast, can have multiple causes, including stress, hormonal fluctuations, contraceptives, smoking or alcohol use, perimenopause, and food sensitivities.
Adult acne sufferers may have oily skin, dry skin, or “combination” skin (skin that is dry in some places, and oily in others). They’re also more likely to have sensitive skin and typically experience multiple skin conditions at the same time. All these factors complicate the treatment process, which is why it’s essential to seek personalized care if you have chronic acne.
Evidence also suggests that adults are more likely to experience unwanted reactions to consumer-grade skincare products. Mature skin is less resilient than young skin, so the harsh chemicals found in many over-the-counter acne serums can easily irritate the skin, making breakouts worse. Specific ingredients that often work for teen acne, such as salicylic acid and benzoyl peroxide can dehydrate the skin, making it easier for acne-causing bacteria to infiltrate the epidermis. Anti-aging serums can further exacerbate acne symptoms by clogging pores or worsening inflammation, especially if they contain silicone or artificial fragrances.
Many adult acne sufferers only find long-term relief when they ditch drugstore topicals in favor of a more comprehensive solution, such as an effective at-home skincare regimen combined with regular HydraFacial and blue light therapy treatments. This approach maintains optimal skin hydration while opening pores and killing harmful bacteria, which makes it uniquely effective for managing adult acne.
What Is a HydraFacial?
The HydraFacial is a customizable, non-invasive skin resurfacing system. The HydraFacial, which is suitable for patients of all ages and skin types, has become one of the most popular skin rejuvenation treatments in the world, with experts estimating at least one HydraFacial gets performed every 15 seconds. This innovative facial doesn’t usually irritate sensitive skin, lighten dark skin or cause hyperpigmentation. At the same time, it can create results similar to those of a light laser skin resurfacing or a light chemical peel.
The HydraFacial’s multi-step vortex-fusion process extracts dirt, excess oil, and other impurities before hydrating and nourishing the skin. This type of treatment, formally known as “hydradermabrasion,” is similar in principle to microdermabrasion, but it’s more effective and less irritating.
Instead of using tiny crystals to manually abrade the skin, the HydraFacial’s VortexFusion tool gently massages the treatment area while delivering mild organic acids directly into the skin. Other natural ingredients, like honey, soothe the skin and kill harmful bacteria without harsh chemicals. Then, during the final phase, the HydraFacial system infuses a nourishing serum into the skin to prevent dryness and stimulate complete renewal. Different serums are available to treat various skin problems, including acne, dullness, discoloration, and sun damage.
At Faces PLLC, we usually combine the HydraFacial with blue light when we’re treating stubborn acne. The precise frequency of our specialized blue light treatment system has potent antibacterial properties: In just one 15- to 20-minute session, it kills the Propionibacterium acnes bacteria that cause breakouts. Unlike laser light, blue light is 100% non-invasive, so it won’t cause any redness or irritation after application. Blue light greatly amplifies the HydraFacial’s ability to permanently reduce acne symptoms without creating any adverse effects.
4 Ways the HydraFacial + Blue Light Treatment Can Effectively Treat Chronic Acne
How do these two potent solutions work in tandem to solve your skin woes?
1. Vortex-fusion extraction is the best way to open clogged pores and hair follicles.
Manual exfoliation, whether performed with a rough cloth, abrasive scrub, or cleansing pad, can worsen adult acne symptoms. Vigorous physical exfoliation often causes inflammation, and can create tiny “micro-tears” in the skin, making it easier for P. acnes bacteria to flourish. This type of exfoliation also breaches the skin’s protective lipid barrier, without taking any steps to repair it post-cleanse. Finally, unless you use a clean, fresh exfoliant every session, you run the risk of actually increasing the amount of harmful bacteria on your skin.
At-home exfoliation carries a lot of risk with little reward. DIY exfoliants can temporarily unclog pores, but they can’t extract debris from hair follicles. Because most pustules and pimples start within hair follicles, this limits the effectiveness of physical exfoliation.
The HydraFacial is fundamentally different. By combining light manual abrasion with chemical exfoliation, the VortexFusion system dissolves and dislodges oil and debris embedded deep in hair follicles while simultaneously opening pores. Then, the extraction phase uses suction to remove even the most stubborn, pore-clogging gunk.
Adding mild acids during cleansing can reduce the intensity of the physical exfoliation needed to clear pores, while light manual abrasion allows for the use of gentle, non-irritating chemical exfoliants. In this way, the HydraFacial avoids the inflammation associated with intense dermabrasion and strong chemical peels, while delivering unparalleled acne-fighting exfoliation. This procedure also heals and restores the skin’s protective lipid barrier after treatment by using antioxidant-rich serums to rebuild it.
2. Blue light kills acne bacteria, while the HydraFacial encourages skin healing.
Damaged skin is acne’s best friend. Ultraviolet radiation, environmental toxins, harsh weather, artificial fragrances and preservatives, and specific lifestyle factors such as smoking can worsen acne by destroying skin-healing collagen and slowing down cellular turnover. These destructive processes allow dead skin cells to build up and clog pores while also slowing wound closure, thereby creating ideal conditions for P. acnes.
Our combined blue light and HydraFacial treatment eliminates P. acnes both above and below the surface of the skin, while making the skin less susceptible to reinfection. After using blue light to kill harmful bacteria, we apply a nourishing HydraFacial serum that contains peptides, antioxidants, and hyaluronic acid (HA). HA, which is the core ingredient in most dermal fillers, acts as a powerful collagen catalyst: It activates dormant fibroblasts in the skin, encouraging them to repair existing damage while firming the skin’s outer layer with new collagen and elastin. As a result of this natural healing process, the skin becomes stronger and more resistant to bacterial infestation.
3. The HydraFacial helps prevent rebound breakouts by limiting dryness.
Skin dryness is a genuine concern with many acne-fighting topicals. While popular acne cream ingredients like salicylic acid and benzoyl peroxide do reduce the amount of acne-causing bacteria on the skin, they also cause dehydration. With daily use, these products can cause the skin to crack and flake, creating microtears. The skin’s dehydrated and compromised condition then allows bacteria to quickly infiltrate the epidermis, exacerbating the individual’s acne-prone condition.
We often incorporate salicylic acid into HydraFacials when treating patients with acne, but we can prevent rebound breakouts by hydrating the skin following SA application. The “fusion” stage of our HydraFacial system incorporates an intense non-comedogenic moisturizer that acts as a protective barrier against dryness. Our use of hyaluronic acid further enhances moisture retention by drawing water molecules to the skin’s surface, allowing for its integration into new collagen.
4. With multiple treatments, the HydraFacial can reduce the appearance of acne scars.
If you have chronic acne, you know dimpled, pitted scars often remain even after breakouts have cleared up. These scars can detract from your skin’s natural beauty and serve as visual reminders of your skin condition, so we make sure to include skin resurfacing in our acne treatment plans. The mild acids we use during HydraFacial exfoliation gently dissolve the thickened collagen within scar tissue, thereby gradually fading the appearance of scars.
To achieve this result, you’ll need to have monthly HydraFacials for at least four to six months. Consistency is essential to the success of the patient’s acne treatment plan. It allows us to closely monitor our progress, while ensuring any necessary extractions are being performed on a regular basis. The treatment lasts between 30 and 60 minutes, making it easy for our patients to incorporate the HydraFacial into their busy schedules.
If the HydraFacial alone cannot smooth out your acne scars, our doctors can use complementary therapies, like the IPL Photofacial, to enhance the skin resurfacing process. Intense pulsed light is less irritating than a conventional laser peel, so it’s safe for many people with sensitive or blemish-prone skin. IPL has the added benefit of further reducing the amount of P. acnes bacteria present on the skin.
How to Care for Your Skin After Having a HydraFacial
The HydraFacial won’t cause redness, swelling, or skin peeling, so it’s what we call a “zero-downtime” treatment. To keep your skin glowing and blemish-free after having a HydraFacial, use a gentle cleanser no more than twice per day, and avoid manually exfoliating your skin. We can also guide you regarding sunscreens, cosmetics, and skincare products suited to your skin’s specific needs, that will ultimately enhance your treatment plan’s results.
Ask Us About HydraFacial + Blue Light Treatment for Acne in Ridgeland, MS
Acne is frustrating, but treating it doesn’t have to be. Our innovative combined HydraFacial and blue light treatment painlessly eliminates even the most stubborn blemishes, without unwanted side effects. To learn more about the many medical-grade skincare solutions we offer, contact our skincare experts to arrange a personal consultation. At Faces PLLC, we’re committed to helping our patients improve their health and well-being through the use of safe, effective aesthetic treatments.