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Acne Care: Symptoms, Triggers, and Top Treatments of 2023

Acne is a skin condition that many men and women deal with on a daily basis – sometimes for years. Living life with acne can be frustrating because you feel like your face doesn’t reflect how you truly feel about yourself on the inside.

If that’s you, then we’re here to help. At Peel Simply Skin, we support you on your acne care journey, while educating you along the way.

Our team of estheticians has years of experience with various versions of acne. Here’s how your esthetician can help you:

Ways Your Esthetician Can Help Your Acne

Asses the Acne

When you first start working with your esthetician, she will assess how inflamed your acne is. As your skin responds to nourishing treatments, your esthetician is able to change your treatment plan, if needed.

Control the Acne

Your esthetician will use specific products formulated to prevent your acne from worsening.

Make Existing Scars Less Noticeable

Over time, your series of peels and other skin treatments will clarify your skin tone and texture.

Prevent Further Scarring and Skin Damage

As long as you’re sticking with your at-home skincare regimen, your professional skin treatments will maintain the health of your skin for the long-term.

How Do You Know If You Have Acne?

Acne shows up differently for different skin types, but here are some common symptoms of inflamed and non-inflamed acne.

Common Acne Symptoms

Inflamed Acne

Inflamed acne includes papules, pustules and cysts. It’s marked by redness and swelling and occurs deeper in the skin than non-inflamed acne.

Non-Inflamed Acne

Non-inflamed acne includes blackheads and whiteheads. It is characterized by congestion in the skin and open or closed comedones. The skin will appear dull or sluggish, possibly with excessive oil, bumps, and blemishes.

What Causes Acne?

Acne cysts, blackheads, and pustules begin forming within the skin, before you notice them for the first time. For example, a blackhead occurs when a pore becomes clogged with a mixture of oil, dead skin cells, and bacteria. If the top of the clogged pore is open, air begins to oxidize the trapped oil, turning it black.

Let’s get more practical. Which products cause that sort of reaction in the skin? There are many products and lifestyle factors that contribute to your acne. Here are a few key triggers to look out for.

12 Sneaky Acne Triggers


  • Laundry detergent & fabric softener

  • Peanut butter

  • Dairy

  • Sugar

  • Red #9 or #40 in makeup

  • Iodine

Lifestyle Factors

  • Diet

  • Smoking & vaping

  • Dental hygiene

  • Dirty pillowcases

  • Hard water

  • Medication

What these triggers have in common is they are associated with poor hygiene and/or unnatural ingredients that our bodies don’t know how to handle. Unfortunately, these triggers have a sneaky way of showing up in your everyday life, unless you’re super careful.

Eliminating these triggers and replacing them with organic – and generally healthier – alternatives is a great way to decrease the toxins that your skin has to deal with.

Removing these triggers may not 100% solve your acne. That’s where esthetician-approved treatments come in.

Top Acne Treatments of 2023

We’ve seen it time and time again over the years: The clients with the best skin results are those who are committed to their at-home skincare in between appointments.

Yes, get regularly scheduled professional treatments by certified estheticians, AND maintain a daily and nightly at-home skincare routine. We cannot emphasize this enough!

Now let’s look at the specifics of treating your acne.

How to Treat Inflamed Acne

  • Use chemical exfoliants

  • Avoid physical exfoliants

  • Use cleansing and exfoliating ingredients like lactic acid, glycolic acid, and benzoyl peroxide

  • Use healing ingredients like oxygen, hyaluronic acid, and antioxidants

How to Treat Non-Inflamed Acne

  • Use physical exfoliants

  • Use salicylic acid

  • Use oxygen

We cannot leave you without sharing this next-level acne care tip…

Get Glowing Micro-Peel for Acne

If you’re looking for a powerful way to treat your acne, we highly recommend the Elaine Brennan Get Glowing Micro-Peel. In terms of peels, it’s the best option for congested and acneic skin types.

The Get Glowing Micro-Peel is a treatment in which a cream is applied to the skin to encourage the exfoliation of dead skin cells and debris, while stimulating the skin’s natural renewal process. This peel is absolutely safe for acne, as it’s tailored to fit each client’s individual skin type and long-term goals.

Where can I find the Get Glowing Micro-Peel?

We’re happy to provide our clients with this exfoliating peel at our very own San Diego skin spa, Peel Simply Skin. Ready to start treating your acne in a judgment-free zone? Book your appointment today.

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