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National Acne Awareness Month highlights skin condition, treatment options


Are you an acne sufferer who thinks treatment is a lost cause? Chin up.

“There is something out there that will work,” said Kathe Malinowski, lead esthetician and marketing manager for Eterna MedSpa & Laser Vein Center. “You just have to find the right combination.”

That is key, she said.

“What works for one person may not work for the next. People need to try different topicals to find what works for them,” Malinowski said.

June is National Acne Awareness Month, meant to raise awareness about the skin condition and highlight the treatments and products available to combat it.

At Eterna MedSpa, clients are encouraged to come in for an acne facial.

“We can take a good look to see what is going on and then determine from there which route we are going to take,” Malinowski said.

Options include chemical peels, as well as BroadBand Light Photorejuvenation treatment for the more severe cases.

“Sometimes just doing a series of acne facials and chemical peels does the trick,” Malinowski said. “A good cleaning out of the pores and then getting them on the right regimen at home is key.”

A daily skin route is important.

Malinowski recommends cleansing the skin every morning and then applying a topical and SPF that is non-comedogenic, meaning it won’t clog pores. An afternoon cleanse may also be needed.

But most important is a face cleanse before bed “to wash off all the bacteria from the day,” Malinowski said.

She suggests a foaming gel cleanser to clean out the pores, as well as a mild exfoliant once a week.

Makeup should also be non-comedogenic.

For the more moderate cases, Eterna MedSpa sells the topical cream Retin-A.

A simple change of the pillowcase could also help prevent breakouts.

“It is amazing how many people don't think about changing pillowcases on a weekly basis,” Malinowski said. “Even bi-weekly is better and turn the pillow every other day.”


Eterna MedSpa  | 217 Vertin Boulevard, Shorewood, Illinois 60404 | 815-254-8888 |

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