Nothing will turn you into an overnight skincare expert like a bout of acne. Acne is one of the most common skincare complaints in the UK, and it can take many different forms – from a one-off hormonal flare up, to an ongoing ailment which can be painful, uncomfortable and frustrating.
Most acne sufferers are well versed in the treatments out there on the market, but if you’ve tried a few of them you’ll already know that what works for one person may not work for the next.
However, there are a few spa treatments which have been more successful than others when it comes to eradicating acne, and keeping it at bay. Here are our pick of the best spa treatments for acne:
Every spa should be able to offer you a professional skin consultation and a bespoke facial. First, your therapist will examine your skin and ask you questions in order to ascertain the cause of your acne and any contributing factors. They will then tailor an intensive cleansing facial treatment which has been designed to suit your specific skin type.
These types of facials are more effective when used regularly, so try to commit to four or six treatments, approximately four to six weeks apart. By the end of your course, you should notice a big difference in your skin, and you may pick up a few useful skincare tips along the way!
+ Best for: acne caused by oily skin or environmental conditions
Exfoliation is vital for removing dead skin cells and excess oil. But when you suffer from acne, over-the-counter scrubs can actually worsen redness and increase the risk of infection and inflammation, and they will do very little to reduce the appearance of acne scarring.
Chemical exfoliation (or chemical peels) will remove the top layer of skin without the abrasive action that comes with traditional scrubs. However, they absolutely cannot be administered at home – this is a spa-only experience.
Speak to your spa therapist before booking a chemical peel, and make sure that you are eligible for the treatment.
+ Best for: reducing the appearance of acne scars
If all else fails – zap it with lasers! The latest laser technology allows spa therapists to target tiny oil glands and shrink them instantly. This will limit their ability to produce the sebum which causes breakouts, and prevent acne from reappearing in the future.
It can be costly, and you may need more than one treatment to ensure results, but it is an effective and (relatively) pain free way to rid yourself of acne for good.
+ Best for: long-term results