By: Rene Sacchitella
When we think of severe acne, we think of redness, irritation, excess oil, pustules and congested pores. We think of it predominately in teenagers, and that is only on the face. This stigma has clouded our representation of what acne is for years. It affects how much we as skincare experts can offer people that are suffering.
At Denver Laser Solutions we work with a variety of acne clients, young and old. All of whom who are all looking for skin solutions. Acne is defined as a skin condition that occurs when pores get plugged with oil and dead skin cells causing infection. The most severe form of acne is cystic acne. Cysts are nodular in their structure, incubating in lower parts of the skin. There they begin to cause pain and swelling. They develop when oil and bacteria deep inside a pore spreads, infecting adjoining follicles. The causes of cystic acne can include acidic diets or a diet with unknown food allergy, a hormonal imbalance, and polycystic ovarian disease.
However, because every person is different, it's impossible to think that any skincare product has a "magical cure" for cystic acne. Unfortunately, the problem tends to be more deeply rooted. And many of us that do suffer from cystic acne just want a solution to the problem. Sadly, we also have to battle peer bullying, low self-esteem and depression.
I have personally been battling cystic acne for 10 years and have tried everything possible. It started when I was 15 years old. I used to have very large painful nodules all over my face. Accompanied by teenage bullying and low self esteem, I was always afraid to ask for help with my skin or even show my face in public. Through my experience, I have come to a strong understanding on how to win the battle against your skin. I have accumulated the following tips to give you the most ammunition against your acne.
1. See a Nutritionist and a Doctor first.
It is important to identify a potential food allergy or hormonal syndrome first. It might give you a huge insight on the cause of your cystic acne. For me it was the fact I was gluten and soy intolerant. Once I accommodated my condition I saw a vast improvement in my breakouts and overall wellness.
2. Find an esthetician you trust and feel comfortable with.
All estheticians are knowledgeable and can help you find treatment options for your particular skin. But, when you have a sensitive subject, it's a more rewarding experience when you can fully trust your esthetician. From there, you can set up treatment plans such as salicylic chemical peels and regular facials to topically address the active cysts.
That esthetician will know your skin well enough to be able to find the right combinations of treatments and products to finally achieve a clear complexion. The esthetician I finally found was Colleen Dolan at Denver Laser Solutions. She was not only helpful and knowledgeable but also compassionate to the point that it made me feel human again. This was one of the most important parts of the healing process for me.
3. Stick to your skin care regimen.
Unfortunately, it tends to get very hard to stick to a regular skin care routine. I promise you, the more love and attention you give your skin, the more it will help the healing process. With the help of your esthetician, you will have effective and soothing products that you will feel excited to put on your skin.
I hope these tips will help you feel like it is ok to ask for help with your skin. Skincare has come a long way and we can help you feel better about yourself because that’s what skincare is: the ability to make someone feel human again in a judgment free zone. To help treat the issue through precise knowledge about what it truly is. I found my way to clear skin and so can you. Ask for help today.
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