When our skin freaks out, breaks out or just isn't doing what we want, it's tempting to go for a quick fix. In moments of deep frustration, I've seen clients try just about anything to get their acne under control. The truth is that in most cases, a quick fix usually has undesirable — sometimes drastic — consequences, offering little to no actual healing. It's not unlike crash dieting in it's inability to be sustained.
A friend of mine recently reached out to me, distressed about a flare up of cystic acne. I tried to guide him toward a path that would actually heal the root internal cause and calm the inflammation. But in his panic, he opted for the quicker fix: an intense treatment with the dermatologist. "I know it's harsh," he texted me. "But I'm just over it you know?"
I do know. I get it. I've been there before. Until I knew better, I also thought that if a treatment or product was abrasive enough, it would make the skin problem go away. But as I've seen and learned as an esthetician, this just isn't true.
When people reach the end of their rope regarding "problem skin," the most common — and most worrying — behaviors I see are: