Contrary to popular belief, acne is not limited to our adolescent years. In fact, it affects an estimated three quarters of all people between the ages of eleven and thirty years old. This statistic is a primary reason why many individuals now seek out facials that support acne treatments. If you suffer from minor acne and are searching for a solution that gives you healthier looking skin, consider getting a facial that supports acne treatments from a trusted provider.

How Facials Support Acne Treatments

Some facials are designed specifically to help minimize minor acne. Everything from the steps followed in a facial to the specific ingredients used in exfoliators, masks, and balms can be targeted to treat acne. By thoroughly cleansing and exfoliating debris from the skin, it becomes rejuvenated and often less susceptible to breakouts for a period of time.

Depending on the desired effect a patient hopes to achieve after a facial that supports acne treatment, additional treatments may be needed as the effects of a facial on acne are not generally considered permanent. A skin care professional can help determine the best facial schedule and skin care regimen for your specific needs.

What to Expect When Getting A Facial That Supports Acne Treatments

A good skin care professional will match each patient’s unique acne treatment needs with a facial tailored to best address them. Due to this customization, facials may look and feel slightly different from provider to provider and patient to patient. However, in general most facials designed to support acne treatments will follow a procedure similar to that listed below:

Cleansing of the skin:

Before any beauty treatment can begin, a patient’s makeup should be removed and the face will undergo a thorough cleansing.


Once the skin is clean, the next step is to remove any debris from the skin that could be clogging pores as well as any dead skin cells. While the end goal is the same, exfoliation can take different forms such as scrubs, chemical peels, or green peels. A patient’s sensitivities or lack thereof may largely dictate what form of exfoliation is used.

Blemish removal:

This usually involves the removal of blackheads from the pores. Depending on the amount of blackheads present, this may require blackhead removal at multiple facial treatments rather than all at one time.

Mask application:

Once the skin is clean, exfoliated, and blackheads have been removed, applying a mask can be the next step. A mask especially designed to treat acne can assist with clearing some blemishes from the skin. The type of mask applied will be based on a patient’s skin type and sensitivities.

Skin soothing balm:

After the mask is removed, a provider may suggest applying a soothing balm or toner to the skin to promote remoisturizing and rejuvenation.

Following a treatment, most patients will be advised to avoid sun exposure and wear SPF. This is an important step in protecting fresh and sometimes sensitive skin from sun damage.

The steps involved in recovering from a treatment will vary depending on the type of exfoliation and facial used. Patients receiving a basic non-chemical based peel generally do not experience anything other than some mild skin redness or irritation. Those patients who choose a more intense method such as a chemical peel may need to allow several days after the procedure to let redness and peeling of the skin subside.

Facials Supporting Acne Treatments provided by New Leaf

Because every patient is different, it is important to provide a variety of options ranging from chemical peels to natural peels to laser treatments for acne. At New Leaf, some of the services we offer patients that can target acne treatments include:


This type of facial can be instrumental in helping reduce or eliminate bothersome acne and some small acne related scars.

PCA Peel (chemical peel):

This chemical peel, sometimes referred to as the Sensi Peel, is designed to be milder than some other chemical peels, and for this reason it can be a favorite for individuals who have sensitive skin or who have never had a chemical peel before. The peel combines trichloracetic acid, lactic acid, alpha-lipoic acid, and silymarin to help with acne and even out a patient’s skin tone.

PCA Ultra Peel (chemical peel):

This type of chemical peel can be more intense thanks to the increased amount of lactic acid it contains. The lactic acid is key in minimizing adult acne as well as dark spots and the appearance of aging skin.

Green Peel Fresh Up (natural peel):

This peel is not a chemical peel. Rather than chemicals, this peel consists of key minerals, vitamins, and herbs that help to rejuvenate and refresh a patient’s skin.

Laser Acne Treatment:

A laser acne treatment is becoming a staple for modern med spas. The Fotona SP Dynamis laser can treat the skin for acne in a noninvasive manner. It offers a very targeted approach to acne and may also offer additional benefits to the skin such as a more smooth and youthful looking appearance.

Those suffering with mild acne should consider reaching out to a licensed aesthetician to learn more about how facials support acne treatments. To make an appointment or for any questions, please contact New Leaf Spa & Laser today.