For people who have to battle acne from day to day, there is nothing worse than perusing through acne treatment after treatment and trying to decipher what service will give you the most skin clarity for your buck. To help you obtain skin nirvana, we tried Skin Spa’s Blemish Blaster and spoke to lead esthetician Elena Tsiaklis, so you know just exactly what this treatment entails and if it is right for your type of breakout(s).

What is the Blemish Blaster and what makes it special or unique from other acne facials?

 The blemish blaster facial is an anti-acne facial that utilizes a high-frequency machine after extractions to help heal the skin and kill bacteria.

What ingredients are in the Blemish Blaster/ how many treatments are recommended?

All products used in this facial are targeted to help clear blemishes and prevent further breakouts. An exfoliant with salicylic acid is used during steam and a sulfur mask is applied at the end of the facial to absorb excess oil and medicate the skin. Treatments are recommended every 3-4 weeks depending on the severity of the acne.

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How is adult acne different than teen acne?

Adult acne is different from teenage acne primarily due to the placement and the causes of the breakouts. In adults, the breakouts are usually found on the cheeks, chin, jawline, and neck,The causes of adult acne include hormonal changes, cosmetic products, diet, stress and environmental factors. Teenage acne is usually located in the t-zone and is caused by excess oil production, the presence of p-acne bacteria and hormonal changes.

Are there any levels of acne the Blemish Blaster could not treat?

The blemish blaster can help treat mild, moderate and severe acne. High-frequency violet light has been proven to help treat cystic acne as well.

If you pick at a breakout, what is the best way to take care of it?

Use a toner or witch hazel directly after to soothe the area, ice it to reduce inflammation, use an antibacterial product such as Neosporin, do not touch the area again and try to keep the area clean and free of makeup.

Post-treatment tips? Will you be able to wear makeup afterward?

After the blemish, blaster avoids the gym, sauna and very hot water the night of. The skin should be free of makeup for 24 hours. It is important to let the skin heal and it is recommended to avoid harsh scrubs and abrasives for 48 hours after the facial.

What is your number one tip for combating acne?

My number one tip for combating acne is to wash the skin thoroughly morning and night for 30-45 seconds with a dime size amount of cleanser.

Is there anything else consumers should know before coming in for the Blemish Blaster

Before coming in for a blemish blaster, clients should stop using topicals and acids for 5-7 days. This will help the skin heal faster after extractions. It is also a good idea to know the products the client is using for home care. The esthetician may be able to suggest better products to achieve optimal results. The blemish blaster should not be scheduled on the same day of a social event because the skin may be tender, mildly swollen and inflamed after the facial.

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