Acne Awareness Month

The beginning fo June means the beginning of Acne Awareness Month and here at LABthetics we wanted to offer some routines and treatments that could help towards diminishing acne.

"Speaking as someone who suffered from acne for a long time, there needs to be much more awareness. When you ask people what acne is, most refer to the spots, but this is just the physical symptom" says facial specialist Andy Millward.

Acne is actually one of the most common skin conditions in the UK, affecting millions of people. While it traditionally affects teens, adult acne is also just as common and is on the rise. Acne can happen in occasional outbreaks, or it can be a constant and have a severe presence. When left untreated, acne can cause scarring, so it is best to treat acne early rather than trying to wait it out.

What Causes Acne?

Acne can be caused by a variety of factors, these include genetics, bacteria, hormones, lifestyle, and stress levels. Acne occurs when pores are clogged by dead skin cells that are trapped by sebum production. Bacteria then gets into the clogged pores, where it then multiplies and causes inflammation. This inflammation leads to acne cysts or nodules. Luckily, there are treatments available that can significantly help to reduce both active acne and acne scars.

Acne can cause six different types of spots on the skin: blackheads (one comedones); whiteheads (closed comedones); papule (red bumps); pustules (similar to papules but a yellow tip in the centre); nodules (hard lumps beneath the surface of the skin); and cysts (large pus-filled lumps that look similar to boils).

Here at LABthetics we have a range of products that will help towards the fight against acne because although we can't change our client's genetics or hormones, we can help them gain 'control' with repetitive exposure to certain active ingredients. A treatment that is great for acne is chemical peels.

Chemical peels work by removing the top layer of skin, allowing new, healthy skin to present,” says Deanne Mraz Robinson, MD, FAAD, assistant clinical professor of dermatology at Yale New Haven Hospital and co-creator of Pure BioDerm.

“Overall, chemical peels can be a great way to maintain and rejuvenate the skin,” she says.

“These are more effective at exfoliation than physical exfoliators (topical scrubs, for example). The trauma inflicted by the chemical not only kills and removes dead skin cells at the surface, but the intentional damage caused also stimulates the body’s natural response to produce collagen, which can help fill in scars.”

Here at LABthetics we offer Chemical Peel Kits and CPD accredited online training. Chemical peels are a great treatment to add to your clinic and offer to your clients especially those who suffer from acne.

LABthetics Chemical peel kits and CPD accredited online training is available at

Retinol is a natural vitamin A derivative commonly found in anti-aging creams.

But it can also be an effective ingredient for treating acne and reducing the appearance of acne scars. Retinol works in a few ways. On the skin’s outermost layer (epidermis), retinol exfoliates to remove dirt, dead skin cells, and oil from pores. This can help prevent the formation of pimples. It also works by literally getting under your skin, unlike many other acne treatments. Tiny molecules penetrate the middle layer of your skin (dermis), where retinol stimulates the production of collagen and elastin.

Our progressive Vitamin A renewal cream skin system introduces Retinol to your skin in stages to promote cell production, normalise skin function and promote collagen and fibroblast synthesis whilst minimising the likelihood of the irritation associated with Retinol. We have formulated the system by stripping back the cream to just the active ingredients to give you the best results from your skin care routine.

LABthetics Vitamin A progressive retinol system 6 step system is available in our Homecare starter package with CPD online training at

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