Suffering From Acne Facial? Guide to Improve Skin Health

March 14, 2024
Acne Facial

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You may think of facials as a luxurious self-care ritual.

However, did you know that regular facials can reduce the severity of skin conditions such as acne?

According to studies, acne facial is a skin condition that affects 10% of the population.

In a dermatologist’s office, acne will be the most common complaint among patients.

Acne affects people of all ages. Fortunately, acne is highly treatable. Let’s dive in deeper with us to see how to improve skin health!

Key Takeaways

  • Regular facials provide exfoliation, clearing away dead skin buildup which can contribute to acne.
  • Special skincare ingredients used in a facial increase skin hydration, which can help control the overproduction of oil that worsens acne.
  • Certain active ingredients in acne facials target acne directly through antibacterial and anti-inflammatory mechanisms.

Reveal Vibrant Skin With Facial Treatments

While aestheticians who perform facials are trained to create a relaxing experience, did you know they are also highly knowledgeable about skin conditions?

According to Chicago aesthetician Ashley White, “Aestheticians typically provide longer time blocks with their clients (than dermatologists) so they receive extra attention and support during their skin optimization process.”

The value in establishing a long-term relationship with an aesthetician is having a skilled professional navigate healing from acne every step of the way.

Skin cells are constantly turning over and shedding. While not visible to the naked eye, one inch of your skin contains a staggering 19 million skin cells.

The top 20-30 rows of skin cells are the oldest and most ready to be shed to make way for new skin cells.

Dead skin cells can build up on the surface of the skin, clogging pores. When a pore in the skin gets congested, the oils secreted by the sweat glands get trapped.

Accumulating oils within the hair follicle shaft continue to build up as long as the pore stays clogged, creating acne breakouts.

During a facial treatment, your aesthetician will use exfoliants. Exfoliation encourages the shedding of dead skin cells, opening congested pores to prevent acne.

Hydrated Skin Is Clear Skin

Chronically dry skin can trigger sweat glands to produce more oil. The oils of the skin can get thick and clog pores, leading to acne breakouts.

Facial treatments improve acne by restoring hydration levels in the skin, essentially telling the skin to dial back the overproduction of oils.

A conversation with your aesthetician can also help determine which ingredients in your skincare might be contributing to dry skin in the first place, getting to the root of the problem.

Targeted Active Ingredients To Soothe Acne

Your facialist may customize your treatments to address acne by including acne-fighting active ingredients.

Acne is an area of inflammation in the skin, which can be soothed with anti-inflammatory active ingredients.

Anti-inflammatory skin ingredients can calm the redness and irritation that accompanies acne.

The arsenal of anti-inflammatory active ingredients is massive. Niacinamide, alpha hydroxy acids, vitamin C, salicylic acid, aloe vera, and ceramides are just a few examples.

What has your experience been with facial treatments? Comment below to share your thoughts. Share this post with friends, loved ones, or family who you think might benefit from more support for healing acne.


Acne is a common skin complaint with many different treatments. Acne facials, performed by a skilled aesthetician, combat acne on multiple levels.

Acne facials exfoliate dead skin cells to decongest pores, supply ample hydration to the skin, and provide anti-inflammatory active ingredients to calm redness.

If you are dealing with acne, consider a facial treatment at Transformation Aesthetics for clearer skin!


Question: How often should I get facial acne treatments?

Answer: The frequency of your treatments will depend on many individual factors, which an aesthetician can evaluate for you and provide a recommendation for. An average is one a month, however more pronounced acne may require more frequency.

Question: Can facials worsen acne?

Answer: Worsening of acne due to a facial is always due to a sensitivity to a skincare ingredient. If you tend to have sensitive or reactive skin, your aesthetician may do a patch test before proceeding with you full facial treatment.

Question: I have a sunburn. Should I reschedule my facial?

Answer: It’s recommended to hold off on a facial treatment if you have an active sunburn, as your skin is exceptionally sensitive until it is healed and may be more prone to irritation from the active ingredients used during facials. If you need to schedule your appointment for a your facial treatments visit Transformations Aesthetics today!


Dr. Laurel

Laurel Ash, ND, MS is an Oregon and Washington board-certified Naturopathic Physician and medical director of a medical spa in Vancouver, WA. Dr. Ash graduated from the National University of Natural Medicine in 2019 and proceeded to work in a primary care for 2 years with a focus on women’s health. Aesthetic medicine became a focus of her clinical practice as she realized beauty is a reflection of inner vitality and health. Dr. Ash’s clinical focuses include optimal aging, hormone replacement therapy, and aesthetic medicine for women.

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