I knew the routine by heart. After a dermatologist visit I would begin a regimen of several oral antibiotics. Three to four months later my skin would somewhat clear, and I would move onto maintenance using topical prescription creams. Eventually the breakouts would return, and I would start the same process over again. This isn’t the routine of a 16-year-old; it’s the routine of a 40-year-old. For those of you with adult acne, you recognize that it isn’t a joke.
Six months ago, at the height of my frustration, I decided to try something different. After reading about her in Stylebook and knowing numerous women who trust only her with their skin, I decided to call Sarah Akram. She was finally able to help me break this frustrating cycle.
- After cleansing , Sarah used microdermabrasion to remove layers of dead skin and trigger the skin’s natural repair process that refines pores and accelerates skin renewal.
- After steaming the skin, extractions were next. This isn’t exactly enjoyable, but I’ve come to accept this is an integral part of the process, as it clears debris that clogs pores and leads to acne.
- An acid cream mask followed. This sounds frightening, but it really wasn’t. This mask sterilizes the skin and kills bacteria that reside deep in pores.
- Next up was the use of two hand-held Light and Heat Energy (LHE) devices that emitted a flash after Sarah positioned them on the congested areas of my skin. The localized treatment, specifically for cystic acne, works to calm inflammation.
- More light-based treatment with LightStim , an LED light therapy that uses wavelengths of light to reduce inflammation and destroy bacteria.
- A custom-blended cream mask finishes my treatment and deposits nutrients back into my skin.