You’ve dealt with breakouts and been annoyed by pimples… But what even is acne? Let’s dive into a brief anatomy of acne.

If you were to take a magnifying glass to your skin, you would see that it is covered in tiny, fine, vellus hairs, commonly referred to as peach fuzz. Each individual hair begins growing out of something called a hair follicle: a tunnel-shaped structure that is in the outermost layer of the skin.⁠

Surrounding the hair follicle are sebaceous glands, structures that naturally produce oil to nourish the skin. Oil and sweat is released through the skin via pores, small openings on the skin surface that are attached to the hair follicle. While some oil is good, there is a tipping point. ⁠

When your hair follicles become plugged with oil and dead skin cells, you’ve completed the recipe for a common skin concern: ACNE!⁠

The signs of acne can vary. It may present as any of the following:⁠

• Whiteheads – plugged pores that are closed⁠

• Blackheads – plugged pores that are open⁠

• Papules – small red tender bumps⁠

• Pustules – (pimples), papules with pus at their tips⁠

• Nodules – large, solid, painful lumps under the skin⁠

• Cystic lesions – painful, pus-filled lumps under the skin⁠

So can we help treat your acne? Yes!

There are different ways to approach the treatment of acne, depending on its underlying cause. As our Master Skin Therapist, I am knowledgeable in medical-grade skincare and various treatments that can address concerns of acne. It may take time to see results, patience is key! But with consistency and a well-developed treatment plan, the benefits can be incredible.⁠

Melissa Rossi, Master Skin Therapist