Come as you are. Please don’t be concerned with applying makeup for us and also, don’t worry about removing your makeup for us either. We are happy to remove your makeup at the beginning of your appointment, after all – it is our job!
Aim to arrive a few minutes early so that we have plenty of time together. There will be an initial Acne Intake Form to help us fully understand your past and current skin issues, current homecare regimen, and any allergies or medications that may affect the treatment or your skin. Please take a moment now and fill out the Acne Intake Form to bring along with you to your first visit.
Other things to bring: Along with your completed Acne Intake Form, please also bring any current items you use on your face (or other broken out areas like your chest or back). If the product bottles do not have the ingredients listed, there is no need to bring them along – we can look up the ingredient lists online while you’re here.
Once we’ve reviewed your intake form, we’ll have a discussion so that we can better understand what you’ve marked on your form. After we have a thorough understanding of your skin history, its conditions and your goals – we’ll get started. You’ll just lie back on a cozy, comfortable, warmed spa bed and put your face in our hands for a while.
During this time, depending on the condition of your skin and the grade of your acne, we’ll prep your skin and then work to extract as many of your acne lesions as possible. We use a gentle touch, but this can be a little uncomfortable at times (the jawline and upper lip area tend to be most sensitive) – but well worth the discomfort, according to all of our formerly acneic clients.
After we’ve completed the extraction portion of your first visit, we’ll know so much more about your specific acne and we’ll talk through your next steps on your road to clear skin. Expect to leave with a great understanding of your acne, your new skincare routine and when to return to see us.
Please expect that your skin will be a litter pinker and possibly slightly swollen in the areas in which we focused, so schedule your first appointment accordingly. We always encourage you to ice any inflamed areas to help speed up the healing process. Depending on each individual’s sensitivity level, it may take just a couple of hours to subside up to a couple of days.
Over the next week to two weeks, you will be delighted with the clarity of your skin. As you continue to use your new homecare products, you may need to vary the usage slightly based on your skin’s sensitivity. Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions on how to do so. Based on your specific acne, and everyone’s is different, some breakouts may start to slowly reappear over the next two weeks until your next visit (typically 3-4 weeks after your initial appointment).
Icing: After cleansing your face, grab an ice cube and wrap half of it in paper towel -- this is the end that you will hold on to. Next, gently massage the exposed ice cube on the inflamed areas. Ice for 2 minutes, take a 1 minute break and then repeat this process 2 more times. Use caution to not hold the ice cube on one area for too long, this may cause ice burn. Once you've completed icing, follow up with the rest of your home care regimen.
Cleansing: Start by splashing your face with room temperature water until your makeup is starting to rinse away. At that point, turn the water flow off and grab about a nickel-sized amount of your cleanser. Disperse it between your two hands and then begin your cleansing on the area of your face that is most affected by acne. Continue to massage the cleansing product into your skin for several minutes. If this is the first couple of weeks of your new regimen, start with just 30 seconds around the outside of your face (this area is less sensitive). Remember that the apples of your cheeks, just below your eyes, and also your nostril areas are the most sensitive of your face. While cleansing, avoid those areas until the final moments of your cleansing so that you do not over-cleanse them.
Sensitivity: If you're having any sensitivity with your new skin care regimen, there are a few actions you may take. 1.) During your PM cleanse, use less product and more water to dilute the cleanser. Also, you may cleanse for less time than we initially instructed. 2.) Skip a night (or more) of your serum application. 3.) Apply more moisturizer throughout the day or slide a little bit of petroleum jelly to any inflamed areas.
Once your sensitivity has subsided, slowly work your way up to using the products as we discussed. Your skin needs the ingredients in these products to get your acne cleared, some people are just a little more sensitive than others and need to start more slowly.
As always, email us at email@example.com if you have any additional questions.