If you’re wondering how to get rid of acne fast, a google search will result in thousands of acne remedies. This information overload can make it hard to know where exactly to start on your journey to clear skin. We’re here to break it down and help you choose the best acne treatments for your skin.
What causes Acne?
When it comes down to it there are two general causes of acne: bacteria or hormonal imbalances. The realm of natural medicine suggests that acne can have many more causes and be triggered by many other factors. For example, environmental pollution can cause clogged pores, food allergies can aggravate existing acne conditions, and gastrointestinal issues such as Candida Albican, which is an overgrowth of yeast. Communicating your acne concerns with your doctor opens the door for better understanding your overall health and targeting your unique acne breakout triggers.
How Microcurrent works as a Natural Treatment for Acne
Microcurrent therapy is used for a variety of skin conditions. While anti-aging is the primary area of concern, acne is another condition that can be treated with this modality. Microcurrent therapy helps eliminate bacteria, and other microbes, both topically and internally. When we use microcurrent we are increasing oxygen into the skin, which makes it a more difficult environment for bacteria to live in.
How To use Microcurrent for Acne Treatment
Before starting the acne treatment, you should know that this is a simple modality to include in your signature acne facial. Simply integrate a basic microcurrent protocol in with your acne facial. You’ll want to follow these basic guidelines of a microcurrent treatment:
- Avoid using a Retinol product in the 24 hours prior to the microcurrent treatment.
- Do not perform a chemical peel prior to the microcurrent treatment.
- Make sure the skin is completely clean, preferably using a steamer, and that all make-up and creams are removed.
- You’ll also want to use some method of exfoliation to remove dead skin cells that might be causing bacteria buildup or clogged pores.
- Start with applying a liberal amount of conductive gel so the skin is not stretched during the session. Never use microcurrent without conductive gel as the connection with the skin and transfer of the current is not optimal without it!
- Begin your microcurrent facial. If you’re looking for step-by-step guidance on the correct movements and how to perform a microcurrent treatment, we recommend watching this demo from The Organic Esthetician on YouTube.
PRO TIP #1: When using a microcurrent machine for acne make sure to move very slowly over the affected areas.
PRO TIP #2: If there are any pustules you will want to turn the intensity of your device to a lower setting.
- If scarring is present, use the Erase mode on those affected area. Be patient with this process! Natural acne scarring treatment with microcurrent does take some time to break up that scar tissue, as scar tissue is hardened collagen. Rest assured that with patience and consistency microcurrent will make scarring less visible and, in many cases, eliminate it completely.
- For active and / or aggressive acne breakouts, it is recommended to repeat treatments two or three times each week.
A good facial treatment will usually consist of products either using salicylic acid or glycolic acid. Salicylic acid works by increasing the amount of moisture in the skin and dissolving the substance that causes the skin cells to stick together. This makes it easier to shed the dead skin cells. Glycolic acid which effectively removes the outermost layer of dead skin cells from the complexion, revealing brighter, more fresh skin. Many of the acne products used will have these types of acids along with Vitamin A, which is known to help in reducing inflammation. A common belief is that the best way to get rid of acne fast is by drying the skin out, but that is not the right way to treat acne. If you dry out the skin it will try to compensate by producing even more oil, causing bacteria to form. Your best option is to keep acneic skin hydrated. When Microcurrent is used on skin that has acne, it can help to infuse water based serums deeper into the skin and help to heal acne as well as to keep the skin hydrated.
We mentioned Gastrointestinal health at the beginning of this article. It is important to note that for a well-rounded approach to treating acne the gastrointestinal tract must be taken into consideration. Ideally, a skincare plan to kill off the ‘bad bacteria’ must be completed. When that is done, add a pre- and probiotic and a perfect balance between the “good" and “bad” bacteria can be obtained. There is always a certain percent of the “bad bacteria” present in the body but as long as the balance is kept in good order it is fine. Diet, of course, has to be taken into consideration as well. Eliminating processed sugar and other sweeteners is a great place to start. This is because sugar actually created inflammation in the body once it reaches the bloodstream, “and since inflammation is a key component in the formation of acne, you end up seeing flare-ups and an increase in the amount of acne on your face” (INSIDER, 2019). We recommend checking food labels and taking note of how much sugar is in your foods. There is sugar in almost all foods and complete elimination might seem impossible, so start with the goal of reducing your sugar intake and observe how your skin responds to that adjustment in diet.
A Case Study of Microcurrent for Acne Treatment
“Linda”, a teenager with rather severe acne on the cheeks and forehead tried antibiotics and topical medicine prescribed by the dermatologist. The skin became completely dry and flaky and was hurting and her stomach was severely upset. The acne, on the other hand, returned immediately after the program was finished. At this point, Linda decided to try a natural approach to acne treatment and worked with her esthetician on a regimen that utilized MyoLift true microcurrent technology. After about four months of consistent microcurrent treatments, the acne was significantly reduced and Linda was left with clear skin. While the acne scarring has not completely disappeared, Linda is still working on her ultimate skin health goals with her esthetician and using microcurrent therapy alongside a special natural remedy.
To summarize, there are many reasons you may be experiencing acne breakouts. Between environmental factors, your diet, hormonal imbalance and poor skincare habits it can be hard to know what exactly is causing your acne. Our team of estheticians recommends working with your doctor and esthetician to identify skincare goals and contributing factors to your unique skin condition to begin actively working toward healthy and clear skin.