How does acne treatment work?

Our in-office acne treatments are completely individualized, but all include mild exfoliation and extraction. The type of exfoliation we do is dependent on your skin’s needs and tolerances. Extractions vary according to how many you need and your tolerance. All of our acne treatments provide the following:

  • Appropriate exfoliation for your skin type, type of acne and your physical condition.
  • Proper exfoliation allows the products to penetrate the skin and into the pores much more effectively.
  • Hydration of the skin; which is necessary for more rapid healing of the lesions and to make your skin more receptive to your home-care acne regimen. The acne products have a tendency to dry out the skin as you are getting used to them.
  • Extractions to remove the acne impactions that are closer to the surface, allowing the lesions to heal more quickly.
  • Treatment to combat the bacteria inside the pore.
  • Lifting and lightening of any dark spots that may be a result of your acne lesions.

All acne skin care treatments have a specific focus for what your skin needs at the time of your visit. Sometimes the skin will need more hydration, other times it will need more anti-bacterial and/or anti-inflammatory action. Acne treatments are performed every two weeks until your skin clears. It is important that we see you every two weeks to assess your progress and how your skin is responding to treatment. At that point we will almost always adjust your home care, as your skin adapts to your current routine in about two weeks. Usually clearing takes anywhere from 6 to 12 weeks. It typically takes about six acne treatments over a three-months to get you mostly to completely clear; significant results will be seen within six weeks. After your acne is under control, you will need to maintain your acne skin care home regimen to keep your acne managed. Many of our cleared clients come in for a tune up acne treatment every few months just to keep their skin as healthy as possible.


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What is Microcurrent treatment?

Microcurrent is a low level of electricity that mirrors the body’s own natural electrical currents, triggering chemical reactions at a cellular level to enhance the production of natural collagen and elastin, to provide circulatory benefits and to assist in product penetration. The result is immediate firming, smoothing, and re-hydration of the skin while greatly reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Microcurrent is also referred to as facial sculpting treatment. It can lift, sculpt and tighten any part of your face or body. It can even lighten acne scaring or calm rosacea. This is a procedure has NO DOWNTIME and results are immediate. Microcurrent facials are painless and so relaxing that most clients often fall asleep during the treatment.

What is LED treatment?

LED stands for light emitting diode- a non-laser form of photodermatology. LED’S are special diodes that emit light when connected in a circuit; they emit an incoherent narrow-spectrum light when electrically biased in the forward direction. The color of the emitted light depends on the composition and condition of the semi conducting material used, and can be near ultraviolet, visible or infrared.

It is thought that light photons are absorbed by the skin and underlying tissue and triggers biological changes within the body in a process know as photo bio chemical reaction. Different wavelengths of the visible light spectrum act on different mechanisms within individual cells to promote healing and cellular regeneration.

At Skinworks, we use the the Max + LED.  It is reguarded as the most effective LED and uses a revolutionary way for treating the whole face including neck and décolletage. It acts long- term as a preventive treatment against various skin conditions.

What does it do?

  • Minimizes fine lines and wrinkles
  • Heals blemishes
  • Improves skin tone
  • Regeneration/stimulation of collagen
  • Restores skin’s natural cellular collagen activity Activates fibroblast cells which create collagen and elastin
  • Helps sun-damaged skin
  • Creates more skin moisture which will help fill out skin
  • Increases circulation to the skin
  • Reduces melanin production, which causes brown age spots
  • Promotes nutritional elements existing within the skin
  • Helps irregular pigmentation
  • Lessens skin coarseness
  • Stimulates and activates metabolic function in skin cells
  • Smoothes texture ·Reduces skin degradation
  • Reduces overall redness and flushing
  • Provides a healthier skin tone.

What makes it work?

The chosen “wavelengths” is one of the most important points. Depth of penetration is dependant on the wavelengths (nm or colors) This has a direct bearing on results achieved. Photoreceptors at the molecular-cellular level when triggered activate a number of biological responses DNA/RNA syntheses. Furthermore, DNA synthesis in fibroblasts and muscle cells can be quintupled when using specific single application wavelengths.



About Acne

Acne can be caused by:

  • Genetics
  • Essential Fatty Acid deficiency
  • Hormonal imbalance
  • Inappropriate skincare & cosmetics
  • Lifestyle choices
  • Environmental Stress

How does one counter these effects?

  • Restore balance and ration of natural oils
  • Restore the acid mantle PH
  • Restore moisture (those with dry skin)
  • With hold moisture (those with oily skin)
  • Provide essential active ingredients to support cell function and regeneration
  • Repair scar tissue
  • Essential fatty acids to liquify and suppress sebum, control inflammation and support immune system



About Lipid Dry Skin

Lipid Dry Skin can be a sign of:

  • Essential Fatty Acid deficiency
  • Menopause
  • Diffused Redness
  • Abusive skin treatments (over cleansing, over exfoliating)
  • Inappropriate ingredients in skincare products (emulsifiers, preservatives, fragrances, mineral oils etc)
  • Self induced through diet (caffeine, alcohol, junk food) medication, or lack of water intake
  • Environmental factors (indoor heating, air-conditioning, climate)

How does one counter these effects?

  • Restore the skin barrier.
  • Restore sebum production
  • Replace natural moisturizer in the skin, instead of washing them out
  • Avoid emulsifiers, preservatives, fragrances etc.


About Anti-Aging

Signs of Aging can be caused by:

  • Sun damage
  • Hormonal imbalance
  • Cellular Senescence (older cells forgetting their function; resulting in reduced moisture, loss of pigmentation; or too much pigmentation)
  • Lifestyle choices: smoking, drinking drug abuse

How to counter these effects:

  • Increase effective delivery of cell nutrients
  • Balance hormones
  • Increase the skin ability to create its own moisture
  • Energize the cells
  • Clean up the Extracelluar Matrix



About Menopausal Skin

Signs of Menopausal Skin:

  • Dry Skin, Pigmentation problems and loss of density.

How to counter these effects:

  • Phytohormone to balance estrogen deficiencies
  • Essential Fatty Acids to rebuild deficient oil layers
  • Provide active ingredient to support collagen and elastin formation
  • Include supplements to reenergize cellular function


About Diffused Redness

Diffused Redness:

  • Is a sign of thin damaged skin
  • Flushing
  • Inflammation

How does one counter the effects?

  • Rebuild the skin – (thicken the skin so the vascular does not show through
  • Support the blood vessels so that they cannot dilate as much (rebuild the connective tissue)
  • Essential fatty acids are metabolized in the skin to form strong anti-inflammatories
  • Repair the skin barrier to seal the good stuff in and keep aggravating particles out


About Oily Skin

Oily Skin is caused by:

  • Genetic predisposition
  • Hormonal imbalance
  • Excessive washing
  • Inappropriate skincare or product ingredients

How does one counter the effects?

  • Restore the balance of natural oils
  • Correct hormonal imbalance


About Pigmentation

Pigmentation can be a sign of:

  • Sun damage
  • Hormone imbalance
  • Photo sensitizers (perfumes, medicaitons etc.)

How does one counter the effects?

  • Protect and prevent further pigment cell damage. (repair cell membrane, restore cell function, prevent pigment formation)
  • Phytohormone to balance estrogen deficiencies
  • Essential Fatty Acid component have an anti-inflammatory action


What Most Don’t Tell You About Sensitive Skin

You can be born with sensitive skin or create it through products that strip the skin barrier.

Those born with sensitive skin can often trace it to health, digestive, and/or disrupted cellular functions. They likely had parents with the same sensitivities. Many times accompanied by autoimmune and/or inflammatory based issues.

Self Imposed Sensitive Skin Issues (SISS) is the most common. Aggressive use of OTC products strip the barrier. If you combine a poor diet, low water intake, and toss in stress and lack of sleep, you’ve created a recipe for SISSI without even trying!

Whether you are born with sensitive skin or have, you’re in the right place. The next step is to get help so you can heal it.

At the first appointment, we will discuss your history, the products you are using, and how it is effecting your skin.

There are many facials to choose from. If you have over-reactive problamatic skin, it is worth taking the time for the consultation. The consultation will give you an in-depth perspective of “why” your skin is reacting a certain way.

If you have skin that is reactive to certain products, but it is under control, then a deep cleaning is a great facial to start with.

Either way, you leave with beautiful clean skin, a new perspective, and more knowledge to help you make the best decision for your skin in the future

Helpful Downloads

Here are some printable PDF’s with important information on changes you can make to help improve your skin quality. Make yourself aware of what you may be doing to be contributing to the problem, and see how easily you can make lifestyle changes to help yourself feel and look better!

Lifestyle Issues That Can Negatively Affect Your Skin

PDF | 1.9MB

Laundry detergent, foods, sleep. All these and more impact the health of your body including your skin.

OTC Products, Proactive, and Antibiotics

PDF | 51KB

Be weary of products with dazzling displays of advertising and learn more about over-the-counter options.