Are you ready for clear skin?
Acne can’t be cured, but it can be controlled- you can have clear, healthy skin. Your skin doesn’t have to be red, dry, and irritated to be clear. You can have soft, smooth skin that looks and feels healthy.You won’t see any fine print here saying “results not typical.” All my photos show real results from real clients, no filters, and no Photoshop. These results are typical of my dedicated clients who follow the program. We will work together to make it happen!
We will achieve clear, healthy skin with no drugs and no side effects.
It’s not just about using the best products for your skin; it’s also about using them in the proper strength, amount, and frequency for your skin. The products need to be strong enough to clear your skin but not so strong that your skin gets too dry or irritated. Irritated skin looks worse, not better.
Acne Treatment Program
My Acne Treatment Program combines mild chemical peels or enzyme treatments with a personalized home care regimen to achieve clear, healthy skin. Your first appointment will include an in-depth consultation with information on dietary and lifestyle changes you may need to make to help clear your skin.
The Acne Program includes treatments and home care. The home care you will need to purchase at your first visit will be around $190–$220, depending on your skin type and type of acne. Treatments, when you are on the program and purchasing home care products, are $45. In the beginning, the treatments are usually done every two weeks. Clients who follow the recommended regimen are usually 90–95% clear in three to four months.
The products you will be using at home ensure that your skin is making progress between treatments.
Acne Facial or Acne Peel without the Acne Program: $55
For most people, the root cause of acne is an inherited skin disorder called retention hyperkeratosis. The pores of an acne-prone person shed up to five layers of skin cells per day, while a healthy pore only sheds one layer per day. When skin cells are shed faster than the body can handle, it causes congestion under the skin. This congestion is also known as non-inflamed acne. If bacteria is also present on the skin, you will get inflamed acne (pustules, pimples, and cysts). Bacteria feed on oil and dead skin cells. Most clients have a combination of inflamed and non-inflamed acne.
I offer a personalized approach to clearing acne. You are unique, and so is your skin, which is why we work closely with you to ensure your skin stays healthy as it adapts to products and treatments.
A few things to keep in mind when we’re on the path to clearing your skin:
- Different types of acne and different skin types need different products. Just because a product worked for someone else does not mean it will work for you.
- We need to ensure that the products you are using are not too strong for your skin, starting slowly and gradually increasing the strength of your routine.
- You must follow the home care regime. Although you may see some improvement, your skin will not get clear with treatments alone.
Acne treatments aren’t just for the face either. We have a lot of skin, and sometimes other places besides the face can be affected by acne. Don’t panic! I can also treat your back and chest. The photos at the left show a client’s back after four chemical peels (over eight weeks). Proper home care products are essential for getting and maintaining clear skin.
Types of Acne
All acne starts as a micro-comedone. These micro-comedones result from dead skin cells and oils that accumulate inside the pore and form a plug. If no bacteria are present, the lesion will become a closed comedone or whitehead. If the pore remains open, it will become an open comedone, commonly known as a blackhead.
If there is bacteria on the skin, it will feed on the oil, and the micro-comedone can turn into inflamed acne. This acne is commonly referred to as a pimple but also known as an inflammatory papule. If the lesion contains white blood cells (pus), it is known as an inflammatory pustule.
Inflamed acne that extends deeper under the skin can form cysts or nodules. Acne cysts and nodules are similar, the difference being that cysts contain pus (white blood cells). Cysts are caused by a group of pustules that form a cluster under the skin. Both can be painful and cause scarring.
What does all this information mean for you? If we know that all acne starts as micro-comedones, then we know the answer is products and treatments that get down inside the pore and keep the dead skin cells from building up. These products and treatments will not only clear up your current acne; they will prevent new micro-comedones from forming. What’s better than getting rid of a pimple? Never letting it develop in the first place!
There is no cure for rosacea, but just like acne, it can be treated. Rosacea symptoms usually start around age 30 or later and may begin with periodic flushing of the cheeks, nose, and chin. If not treated, the redness will become more prominent, and bumps and pimples may start to appear. I have treatments and home care products that work together to control papulopustular rosacea (subtype 2). I have successfully treated many clients who have a combination of acne and rosacea. It may not be possible to eliminate all redness, but it can be significantly reduced.
Does Accutane Work?
Quite a few clients who come to see me have used Accutane (Isotretinoin) in the past. Some have done several rounds of it. Yet, they still end up in my office looking for a solution to their acne. It worked for some time for some of them, but their acne came back after they stopped using it. They came to see me because they were done with taking such significant health risks for a short-term benefit. Some of my clients have shared the long-term damage Accutane has done to their bodies, including Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis.
Accutane has many potential side effects, including depression, suicide, congenital disabilities, Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis, liver damage, and many more. Accutane is also entirely unnecessary for clearing acne. We can get your skin clear with no drugs and no side effects.
Nicole McGinnis has been a licensed aesthetician since 1998. She has been offering acne and rosacea treatments in Tulsa for over 20 Years! If you’re in Tulsa or the surrounding area, call today, and I’ll help get you on the path to the clear skin you’ve always wanted.