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Regardless of the season, some people
with acne-prone skin look to shed a few layers for the good of their complexion
with a process called dermablading.
To put it simple, dermablading is a
procedure that rids the surface of the skin of dry, dead cells. Using a
surgical scalpel, a licensed aesthetician or dermatologist removes these dead cells by
essentially scraping them away, applying short, light strokes to the surface of
the skin after washing the face and applying an alcohol solution. The result? A
pile of dead skin, a renewed and youthful glow, and a complexion free of
Acne is the most common skin condition in
the United States, and can affect anyone regardless of age, race, or sex. Acne
is attributed to a hormonal imbalance, which can affect the function of the
sebaceous glands, whose job is it to create sebum, or oil, which travels along
the pore to hydrate and protect the skin on the surface. When too much sebum
becomes produced it can become clogged within a pore, and when paired with dead
skin cells from the surface, bacteria known as P. acnes can form, which
triggers an inflammatory response from the body. The result of that response
usually appears as red, swollen bumps such as pimples or cysts, although
symptoms of this condition can come in many forms, including whiteheads,
blackheads, comedones, or even just oily skin.
Many topical treatments are aimed at
eliminating oil, but because the formation of bacteria relies on those dead,
flaky skin cells to occur, exfoliation should be just as high of a priority in
anyone’s external skincare regimen. Dermablading takes the removal of these
cells a step further, and because it is performed by a professional, often
reduces the further spread of acne-related bacteria.
Exfoliation. Out with
the old and in with the new - this is exactly what exfoliating will do to your
skin. By removing old skin cells, new, healthy skin cells are able to rise to
the surface and replace them, which is especially important for anyone with
super oily skin that may hold onto dead weight. This cellular turnover can also
work to reduce the appearance of dark spots and scarring over time, and most
importantly, reduces the risk of pores becoming clogged, which can lead to breakouts.
Increases circulation. By increasing blood circulation under the surface, the
body is better able to break down harmful toxins that may harm the function and
appearance of our skin.
Allows topical products to penetrate more
effectively. Whether it’s a sunscreen,
night cream or topical acne medication, the removal of dead skin through
dermablading allows for the active ingredients of these products to penetrate
the surface of the skin easier, which can ultimately mean less use of product
with more immediate payoff.
Dermablading is definitely not a
procedure for everyone, and for those with particularly severe or painful
breakouts or cysts, it may cause even more discomfort. Because exfoliating is
an important part in maintaining healthy skin it isn’t a step that should be
skipped, and luckily there are several gentle and all-natural remedies you can
whip up from the comfort of your own home. Our favorites include this cranberry facial scrub,
which can even calm redness and irritation, and this apple cider vinegar and baking soda mask for those days when you may have a few extra minutes to
indulge in some good skincare.
While keeping the surface of our skin as
clean and free of flakes as possible can go a long way in helping keep your
complexion clear, treating the source of the problem is the only way to truly
rid yourself of the issue. Think about
it! Acne is an internal issue that
manifests itself externally. So even if
you made dermablading or deep exfoliation a regular part of your skincare
routine, unless the condition is treated at its source, the sebaceous glands,
acne symptoms will always return. The only long-term solution that will keep
your skin looking and feeling its best is to prevent acne before it starts,
which means breaking the acne cycle, and this is exactly what AcnEase® does. No
matter how mild or severe your symptoms may range, our users are able to experience clear skin (long term!)
knowing that there are no chemicals that will alter their hormones, and that
they won’t experience side effects.
We want to hear from you! Have you, or
would you, ever tried dermablading? Have any DIY exfoliating tips or tricks you
swear by? Tell us in the comments!