problem skin treatmentLana has more than 18 years of experience dealing with Problem Skin (ACNE) Treatment!

Lana Tokar has profound success with her hundreds of clients with problem skin. From teens to middle-aged clients, Lana has treated all types of problem skin, including mild to sever acne, on the face, chest, neck, arms, and back.

Treatment at Lana’s begins with a free consultation where she examines your problem skin areas and recommends treatment. This treatment can include a series of in-spa sessions for proper and extensive exfoliation and cleansing procedures, as well as an at-home regimen using Lana’s proven acne-fighting products. Treatment may include the use of salicylic acid, a proven ingredient that consistently and effectively treats acne outbreaks, minimizes their duration and helps prevent recurrence.

Treatment of acne depends on whether inflammation or bacteria are present. Some acne consists only of blackheads and whiteheads on the skin with very little or no pimples (comedonal acne). Lana’s recommended topical acne cream treatments that can unclog pores and remove dead skin cells work best for this type of acne. However, if inflammation is present, acne treatments that contain anti-bacterial and/or anti-inflammatory ingredients may work better.

Depending on the severity of the problem, you can expect to see restuls in 4-6 weeks. Once acne clears, treatment must be continued to prevent new lesions from forming. And if you have prom or another important event approaching, remember that very often a blemish is forming for weeks before it reveals itself, so prevention and consistent maintenance is important.

Lana’s Recommended Products for Treatment of Acne

Bio-Drying Lotion
Blemish Control Gel
Bio-Drying Masque
Glycolic Treatment Gel

These products and more are available at Lana’s on-line store and on site.
Or call Lana at 650 947 4004 for questions or ordering by phone.

Here are some frequently asked questions regarding acne.

What is Acne?

Acne is the term for plugged pores (blackheads and whiteheads), pimples, and even deeper lumps (cysts or nodules) that occur on the face, neck, chest, back, shoulders and even the upper arms. Acne affects most teenagers to some extent. However, the disease is not restricted to any age group; adults in their 20s – even into their 40s – can get acne. While not a life threatening condition, acne can be upsetting and disfiguring. When severe, acne can lead to serious and permanent scarring. Even less severe cases can lead to scarring.

What Causes Acne?

Many things can cause acne. Here are some of the most common:

  1. Age. Due to the hormonal changes they experience, teenagers are more likely to develop acne.
  2. Gender. Boys have more severe acne and develop it more often than girls.
  3. Disease. Hormonal disorders can complicate acne.
  4. Heredity. Individuals with a family history of acne have greater susceptibility to the disease.
  5. Hormonal changes. Acne can flare up before menstruation, during pregnancy and menopause.
  6. Diet. Certain foods may cause flare-ups.
  7. Drugs. Acne can be a side effect of drugs, such as tranquilizers, antidepressants, antibiotics, oral contraceptives, and anabolic steroids.
  8. Personal hygiene. Abrasive soaps, hard scrubbing, or picking at pimples will make them worse.
  9. Cosmetics and hair products. Oil-based makeup and hair sprays can worsen acne.
  10. Environment. Exposure to oils and greases, polluted air, and sweating in hot weather may serve to aggravate acne.
  11. Stress. Emotional stress may contribute to acne.
  12. Lack of sleep. Depriving oneself of adequate sleep or rest may worsen acne.

What you can do?

Lana recommends that you wash your face and other areas of your body that are problematic — your neck, back, chest, and shoulders — no more than twice a day. While fruity scrubs, mineral masks, and cooling astringents may sound like a good idea, the ingredients used in these products can actually aggravate your acne. Instead, choose a gentle soap or facial cleanser. Lana can recommend products specific to your skin that are hypoallergenic, non-comedogenic, oil-free and alcohol-free.

After washing your face, follow up with an acne cream or gel designed to eliminate excess oil, reduce bacteria, and keep your pores clear. Lana has a series of products available designed for all skin types. Be sure to use an oil-free, broad-spectrum sunscreen with at least SPF 15 protection to help shield sensitive skin from damaging UVA and UVB rays.

Try to avoid touching or picking at your pimples, and never squeeze them. All these actions increase your chance of infection, which in some cases can lead to permanent scarring. If you use cosmetics, select foundations and moisturizers that aren’t oily or greasy. For example, a powder foundation may be better than a cream product for oily skin. Also look for products that are oil-free, water-based, and non-comedogenic. You may also want to select products that contain salicylic acid or other active ingredients to reduce breakouts. One last, important bit of advice: remove all makeup at the end of the day! Even cosmetics designed to help fight acne aren’t meant to be worn overnight.

Call and make an appointment with Lana. There is no reason you should live with acne. We have a treatment for you!

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