Acne facials are an effective addition to your skincare routine. They hone in on cleaning blocked pores and clearing them of the accumulated build-up of oils, dirt, dead cells and toxins.

Why Do I Need an Acne Facial?

For every square inch of your skin, there are anywhere from 2,500 to 6,000 tiny glands working to keep your skin lubricated and healthy. Many of them are connected to a hair follicle while others open directly onto the surface of the skin. These glands predominantly appear on the face, scalp and chest, so not surprisingly, this is where most acne outbreaks also occur.

Acne is the presence or occurrence of inflamed or infected sebaceous glands (oil glands) of the skin and it occurs when these tiny lubricating glands become blocked or clogged with oil, bacteria or dead skin. While acne can be unsightly, experiencing it is nothing to be ashamed of; acne is the most common skin condition in the United States.

What is an Acne Facial Like?

An esthetician or dermatologist will start with a thorough Thousand Oaks acne facial cleansing and exfoliation to clear the skin of any dead cells that may have accumulated. Your skin sheds these naturally to make room for new cells about every 30 days, but they often don’t shed completely. The first step is a good exfoliation that will handle that.

When the dirt and any dead cells have been removed, you’ll already be feeling the difference. Warm steam is then applied near your face for several minutes to soften the pores and anything they might be plugged up with. Now we’ll get down to the foal point of the procedure: Cleaning out the pores themselves of any accumulated oils and unhealthy build-up that has had your skin looking less than perfect, lacking luster and feeling anything less than light and breathable.

Any blackheads will be cleaned out, as well as any tiny bumps on the skin that are a result of skin cells and oil getting trapped in a follicle — because these tiny bumps aren’t yet pimples or acne, they are usually unnoticeable. That is, until they’re gone and you see and feel the difference!

Following this, it’s time for a mask and/or facial massage to calm the skin and reduce swelling — not from the procedure itself, but from the body’s natural response to any previous build-up of toxins. Remember, pimples and inflammation are part of the body’s natural response and reaction to infection in the pores.

Feeling facially fabulous, the last step is usually offering you a choice of some great use-at-home products to extend dermal perfection for as long as possible. At this point in the procedure, your aesthetician or dermatologist will have a very good idea of your skin type and can recommend the most suitable products for your skin.

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Condition-Specific Acne Facials

If you feel you have a particular problem or concern, our aestheticians can tailor for you the procedure as well as products they use throughout it. For example, a different product line and softer cleansing work can be used for persons with sensitive skin.

Are There Side Effects to an Acne Facial?

Some people experience mild inflammation that subsides usually within a few hours.

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How Many Visits are Required for a Thousand Oaks Acne Facial?

A complete acne facial can be done during every visit, and for most patients this resolves the condition entirely. If more work is required for your particular condition or skin type, or if you just love the feeling of clean, glowing and healthy skin, it may be smart or necessary to schedule additional appointments. If you feel you suffer from very troubling acne, we would recommend getting an acne facial every 2 to 4 weeks.

A Deeper Understanding of Acne Facials

Pores are the skin's self-cleaning element. If blocked by accumulated dirt and debris which combines with natural oils, the pore is blocked off and it can build up bacteria that leads to the development of pimples. The relationship to hormonal changes is why teenagers are most likely to suffer from acne, however given the right conditions, it can happen to anyone. For example, we often notice that after switching up our beauty routines, taking steroids, using contraceptives and certain other drugs or eating foods high in sugar and carbohydrates, we are likely to experience acne shortly thereafter.

Your skin produces oil naturally to keep it from drying out. If hormonal or dietary changes cause an increase of that oil and it mixes with dead skin cells, a plug is formed, blocking the pore.

Exposed to air, this plug turns an ugly dark color (a blackhead), while unexposed to air, it would remain an off-white color.

While good facial hygiene helps tremendously, pimples are actually not the body’s reaction to a speck of dirt landing on the skin’s surface. Pimples actually begin their formation below the surface of the skin and are your body’s immune system responding to a collection or build-up of bacteria in the hair follicle that has been clogged by dead skin cells or oil. That’s why an acne facial is so effective. Yes, it cleans the skin’s surface quite well, but beyond that, it is also reaching well below the surface to better address the root of the condition. Contact the office of Dr. Schwartz for more information on one of the best acne facials Thousand Oaks has to offer.

Home Care Tips for Avoiding Acne

Genes and hormonal changes have a lot to do with the condition of our sweat glands. However, there is a lot you can do to help them stay healthy and functioning, including:

  • Staying well hydrated
  • Using warm compresses and washcloths
  • Applying skin moisturizes made especially for the face
  • Preventing the skin from drying out
  • Sticking to a healthy diet that avoids refined sugar and now overdoing carbohydrates
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Double board certified in both plastic surgery and general surgery, Dr. Michael R. Schwartz is the go-to plastic surgeon for face, breast and body procedures. With over 20 years of experience, his vast expertise, meticulous eye for detail and rare level of artistry allow him to achieve results that are both beautiful and extremely natural.

Sought after all over the world for his expertise in plastic surgery, Dr. Schwartz has authored and presented numerous papers and has been an invited speaker at several national plastic surgery meetings. With his wealth of expertise, artistic skill and national reputation, few surgeons are more qualified than Dr. Schwartz to enhance your appearance and deliver the exquisite cosmetic outcomes you desire.

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If you’re ready to love the skin you see when you look in the mirror, we encourage you to schedule a consultation with Dr. Schwartz or his nurses today for among the best skin resurfacing Westlake Village, Thousand Oaks and Calabasas have to offer. During that meeting, your skin will be carefully evaluated, and your concerns, goals and desired results will be addressed. From there, a custom treatment plan will be designed to address the cosmetic imperfections that concern you most, ultimately restoring a smoother and more youthful facial appearance.

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