Why You Should Ditch Your DIY Acne Treatment ASAP

Written by Ali Waychoff, Reviewed by Dr. Justin Harper, MD

It’s date night and you look in the mirror to find a breakout party happening right on your face (yikes). But, desperate times call for desperate measures, and you find yourself using some janky home remedy you’ve never tried in hopes it will hold you over until your next spa treatment. We warn you: we’ve all been there, but most of these DIY routines are ineffective or, at worst, harmful.

Juvly Master Aesthetician, Barbara Canter Peterson, has treated her fair share of acneic clients and has seen it all. Thankfully, there’s hope for those uninvited breakouts. With a few treatments paired with a good skincare routine, you have yourself a cocktail for glowing, healthy skin. Let’s chat about it!

What skincare routine is ideal for acneic skin?

“A home care routine for acne includes the use of a salicylic acid wash or beta-hydroxy acid (BHA),” says Canter Peterson. A few of the products she recommends are:

  • Clenziderm
  • BPO treatment
  • Skin Better Alpha Ret peel pads
  • Skin Better Alto- Defense
  • Vitamin C
  • HA5
  • Intellishade SPF 45 tinted or non-tinted
  • Clarisonic

I have mature acneic skin, what should I use?

Since Canter Peterson knows that acne isn’t picky and breakouts can strike regardless of age, she has a recommendation list for her clients with mature skin as well:

  • Obagi Gentle cleanser
  • SkinMedica AHA/BHA exfoliating cleanser
  • Skinbetter Alto Defense
  • SKinbetter Alpha Ret peel pads
  • Obagi Tretinoin
  • SkinMedica HA5
  • Clarisonic
  • SkinMedica TNS Essential Serum
  • SkinMedica Total Defense & Repair
  • Skinbetter Interfuse Eye & Lines

Since I have acne, am I able to receive skin treatments?

Yes, absolutely! For skin to thrive and be the best it can be, it is best to create a dynamic duo between treatments and a skincare routine. While skincare can take care of the superficial layer of skin, keeping it hydrated and smooth, professional spa treatments are able to dig a little deeper and help to treat where the acne breakouts began. According to Canter Peterson, she recommends:

  • BroadBand Light (BBL)
  • Chemical Peels — pre and post-inflammatory acne
  • Microneedling — as long as it’s healed or non-cystic
  • Laser resurfacing
  • Radio Frequency (RF) microneedling
  • Classic acneic facial
  • Classic Juvly Signature facial
  • Microderm and Dermaplane
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I had a breakout, how can I calm my skin?

Since we know breakouts happen at any given time and they don’t always leave your skin feeling the best after they do, seeking to calm your skin shouldn’t be off your radar. “In-office” treatments include, but are not limited to, doing a calming facial treatment — [using] either Obagi Gentle cleanser or Obagi Daily Care foaming cleanser with 2% Sal acid — steaming, or using a glycolic peel/PCA Sensi peel,” Canter Peterson explains. “Proceed with extractions, tone, then finish with a cucumber mask, cool towels, and top the skin off with Intellishade SPF45 to mask redness or Obagi un-tinted Sun Shield. Frequent visits every 3 weeks for extraction work is recommended to keep acne under control.”

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I’m new to the skincare game, where do I start with building a routine?

According to Canter Peterson, there aren’t many products one needs in order to keep your skin in check and those breakouts at bay. In fact, we only recommend five — less is more in this case!

  • Skinbetter Alto Defense Serum: provides antioxidant protection against free radical scavengers that cause aging and neutralizes pre and post hyperpigmentation from acne and other skin sensitivities
  • Skinbetter Alpha Ret exfoliating peel pads: a proprietary blend of glycolic, salicylic, and lactic acids that exfoliate the skin revealing a fresh and rejuvenated appearance
  • Skinbetter Alpha Ret: fourth-generation AHA and retinoid cream that rejuvenates and hydrates the skin. This is also used as a moisturizer
  • Skinbetter Refresh Exfoliating Cleanser: an enzyme-based cleanser containing jojoba beads
  • SkinMedica Total Defense and Repair: provides infrared protection to the skin along with it’s formulated with antioxidants to protect the skin against environmental stressors

I love individual products but, is there a system I could use?

Yes! The Obagi CLENZIderm System is a three-step system built to treat and calm acneic skin. Complete with:

When treating acne, there’s no denying that salicylic acid will become your new best friend. And according to Canter Peterson, CLENZIderm has the right idea for treatments. “CLENZIderm preps the skin for the next step, leaving the skin feeling clean and refreshed,” says Canter Peterson. “Also, this product will unclog pores and decongest skin with 2% salicylic acid.”

  • Daily Foaming Cleanser: A light, foaming acne cleanser with 2% salicylic acid
  • Pore Therapy Toner: Helps to unclog pores and clears away dead skin cells with 2% salicylic acid
  • Therapeutic Lotion: Lightweight lotion with 5% benzoyl peroxide (BPO)

Canter Peterson says these products are her favorite because they are fast-acting and deliver results in as little as four weeks. “Client satisfaction is high!” Canter Peterson explains. “Skinbetter manufactures its products to be the best on the market. They use the best possible ingredients to achieve desired end results. SkinMedica’s Total Defense and Repair (TDR) SPF34, has a patented SOL-IR that protects against UVA and UVB rays. This oil-free product is hydrating without the use of additional hydration.”

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