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Facials, peels can be solution to mild acne


Struggle with acne?

You’re not alone. According to the American Academy of Dermatology, acne is the most common skin condition in the United States, affecting up to 50 million Americans annually.

But there is no one-size-fits-all solution.

“Acne is tough. What works for one person may not work for the next,” said Kathe Malinowski, lead esthetician and marketing manager for Eterna MedSpa & Laser Vein Center.

However, mild blemishes and breakouts can be combatted with a facial customized for acne-prone skin.

At Eterna MedSpa, the treatment includes skin cleansing, exfoliation, steaming and pore extractions.

“We then mask with a clay mask and end with a moisturizer with SPF,” Malinowski said.

Clients are also asked about their skin care regimen during the facial.

“We like to see what their daily routines are and hopefully figure out what is causing the acne,” Malinowski said.

Following the facial, a foaming cleanser and either a retinol product, salicylic acid or benzoyl peroxide is suggested to help battle the breakouts.

“We can also do a series of salicylic peels for acne that helps to clear them up,” Malinowski said.

The peel is ideal for clients with oily, blemish-prone skin. It also has an exfoliating effect that can diminish the look of whiteheads, blackheads, papules, and pustules.

Those with severe acne are referred to a dermatologist who may prescribe some form of medication.

For more information, call Eterna MedSpa & Laser Vein Center at (815) 254-8888 or visit