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Do Acne Treatments Really Work?

At Bentley Skincare & Wellness & Wellness in Springfield, MO, we know that when you suffer from acne, it affects your appearance, confidence, and emotional health. For those reasons, we want to help you achieve a beautiful acne-free complexion that you can feel confident about. We offer several different acne treatments designed to combat breakouts, clear your skin, and restore your confidence in your appearance.

Do Acne Treatments Really Work?

If you’ve tried every over-the-counter acne product and have seen little to no change in your skin, you may need something stronger. Topical acne products that you can obtain from a physician are more effective than the washes and creams you can buy at the store, but sometimes those products don’t deliver the kind of results you’re looking for. You need something more.

If you’ve suffered from acne for any length of time, you know that very few products can effectively control breakouts and clear your skin. It’s hard to put your faith in another new product or treatment when you feel like you’ve tried it all, but we want to restore your hope in acne treatments.

The Most Effective Acne Treatments 

The best acne treatments are often those that you can’t perform at home. In-office treatments are stronger. They must be administered by a professional, but they also work. We offer different treatment options that are effective, especially when you combine them with some lifestyle changes to target acne from the inside and the outside.

Our Acne Treatments

All acne is not created equally. Some acne is hormone-related; other forms of acne appear for unknown reasons, and still other forms result from improper skincare and bacteria on and below the skin’s surface. Whatever the case, we offer several different treatments that can help control and eliminate acne so that you can achieve a clear complexion.

Your concern about acne isn’t vain; it’s real and valid. Acne affects your emotional health, well-being, and your confidence in many different ways. It’s a real struggle. At our office, we can help deliver professional-grade, effective skincare treatments that will clear your skin in a way that your home remedies simply cannot.

Peel Alternatives

If you aren’t ready to commit to a chemical peel, we offer several different peel alternatives designed to target acne-prone skin. These treatments are gentle but will also help nourish your skin while reducing oil build-up and help clear active acne. They will also improve your skin health, remove bacteria, and help prevent the formation of new blemishes.

We have two peel alternatives specifically formulated to target acne and detoxify the skin. The Detox Gel Deep Pore Treatment uses lactic, glycolic, and salicylic acids to exfoliate and clear the skin, and the Clarify Therapeutic Salicylic Acid Mask purifies and calms acne-prone skin.

Chemical Peels

Regular chemical peels can help heal and control acne while improving skin health. Chemical peels provide your skin with a form of chemical exfoliation. They use a combination of acids to dissolve the top layer of the skin and, in doing so, remove dead skin cells, dirt, oil, and debris. They help treat active acne and improve other skin conditions, especially when performed regularly.

If you suffer from acne, beginning a chemical peel regimen with peels designed to target and control breakouts while improving the rest of your skin can help you achieve your best skin ever. One of the benefits of chemical peels is that they are fully customizable. We can choose from different options based on your skin, the severity of your breakouts, and your needs. We have a few different peels designed to help those with acne-prone skin. These peels include:

  • The PCA Peel Hydroquinone Free
  • The PCA Peel with Hydroquinone
  • The PCA Peel with Hydroquinone and Resorcinol

Light Therapy

Light therapy treatments provide an effective way to combat acne and help banish breakouts. One of the main causes of breakouts is the presence of p. acnes bacteria on and below your skin’s surface. This bacteria causes congestion that can lead to mild or more severe breakouts.

Blue light destroys that bacteria while red light helps reduce inflammation and increase collagen production to improve the quality of your skin. A combination of these light therapy treatments can make a significant difference in treating not only your breakouts but preventing future ones while improving your skin.

Venus Versa

The Venus Versa is an effective treatment that uses IPL to kill the bacteria that causes acne with blue light and reduce redness and inflammation with red light. This device emits light pulses that destroy acne-causing bacteria on the skin’s surface and deep within the pores. Patients can expect to see an initial improvement in their acne in as little as one session. However, typically the most drastic and noticeable results appear after a series of six sessions.

Skincare Products

In-office treatments provide an effective way to target acne, but you need to invest in a quality and professional-grade skincare line to get the best results from those treatments. Professional-grade skincare lines include a wide range of products that help deliver nutrients to your skin and combat skin conditions, even acne.

These lines have products specifically designed for oily or acne-prone skin that will help treat and prevent breakouts. We offer Elemis and Skin Care Solutions and can help you find the right products for your skin.

Selecting Products for Your Skin

After you undergo your first in-office acne treatment, one of our experienced estheticians can review the different products with you to help customize products designed to help control acne and improve your skin. Skin health starts at home, and when you use effective, professional-grade products formulated for your specific skin type and condition, you can expect to see improvement in your acne and overall skin health.

Treating Acne From the Inside Out

Our acne treatments are very effective and have helped patients find freedom from their acne and achieve a smooth, even, and clear complexion. However, there are ways to enhance your treatment results, and they have everything to do with your lifestyle. Your diet, exercise routine, and lifestyle choices all impact your skin. Making the right choices, exercising, staying hydrated, and eating a diet that promotes skin health can enhance your treatment results.

Consider Your Diet

The age-old saying that chocolate causes breakouts is not entirely untrue. What you eat does affect your skin, but it’s not always chocolate that causes those breakouts. Dairy, gluten, and excess sugar can cause inflammation and lead to acne. If you’re unsure whether sugar, gluten, or dairy are contributing to your breakouts, you may want to consider an elimination diet.

Try cutting dairy out of your diet for one to two weeks and watch your skin carefully. If you don’t see any changes in your breakouts, you can reintroduce it into your diet and cut out sugar. Eliminate dairy, gluten, and sugar separately for one to two weeks at a time to see how your skin reacts. Then, you can identify the acne-causing culprit, if there is one, and modify your diet accordingly.

Drink More Water

Hydration is another important way to achieve a beautiful complexion. Not only does it help keep lines and wrinkles at bay, but water helps your body flush toxins out of the system, some of which may be contributing to your acne. Increasing your water intake will benefit your skin in more ways than one and help enhance your in-office acne treatments.


Exercise is essential for healthy skin, and sweating can help flush toxins from your body, specifically your face. However, it’s important to exercise moderately, not excessively. Excessive exercise can increase your cortisol levels which can negatively affect your hormones.

Imbalanced hormones can contribute to acne, specifically hormonal acne. Moderate exercise will help clear your skin, increase circulation and blood flow to your face, and help you achieve a glowing complexion.

Which Acne Treatment Is Right for Me?

Whether you’ve had clear skin for your entire life and are now suffering from adult acne, or you’ve been struggling with acne-prone skin for most of your life, we have treatments that will help. You may benefit from one or a combination of our different acne treatments. A consultation with one of our skincare experts is the best way to help determine which of these treatments will help clear your skin and help you achieve an acne-free complexion long-term.

Live Acne-Free

Living with acne can feel all-consuming, but we can help you achieve clear skin thanks to these effective treatments. A beautiful and clear complexion is well within your reach. Contact us today at Bentley Skincare & Wellness & Wellness in Springfield, MO, to schedule your initial consultation so that you can begin your journey to clear skin.

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