Report by Libby Stewart, Cosmetic Courses Trainer

The on-going training of our professional team is very important to us here at Cosmetic Courses.

In order to keep delivering the best to our delegates, trainers Libby Stewart and Ruth Atkins yesterday attended a day on skin health and diagnosing and treating acne and rosacea

The meeting was organised by the British Association of Cosmetic Nurses, a professional organisation of which the girls are both members. One of the aims of the BACN is to ensure that nurses in the aesthetic industry are well informed and well educated in the latest techniques and treatment methodology.

The course was held in the prestigious setting of the Wellcome Foundation and was hosted by Galderma. Galderma are one of the leading producers of presciption medicines relating to skin health as well as manufacturing Azzalure, a brand of wrinkle relaxing injectable medicine.

This is therefore very valuable background knowledge regarding skin contraindications, not just for nurses on our botox training courses but all medical professionals attending Cosmetic Courses medical aesthetic training. Look out for a detailed report from Libby Stewart about treating clients with acne and rosacea, coming soon on the Cosmetic Courses blog!

Many people get acne, usually in their teen years, and many people get scars by bursting the pimples caused by acne. Acne scars are a very irritating thing to live with and until recently were a permanent skin problem. Luckily with the advancements made in medical science this is no longer the case.

The top 4 ways to get rid of acne scars are each a little different from each other because different levels of acne require different methods. So whether your scarring is only slight or is extremely noticeable one of these treatments should definitely work for you.

1. Microdermabrasion

Microdermabrasion is a very useful, non-invasive skin care procedure. The top layer of skin is removed with an exfoliating device allowing new skin cells to come to the surface. This treatment is good for minor acne scarring and other minor skin problems, or just to keep your skin nice and healthy looking.

2. Collagen Injections

For more noticeable acne scars, collagen injections may be a good idea. The procedure is exactly what it sounds like, collagen is injected into the scars with a syringe and fills the areas, eliminating any signs of damaged tissue.

There is a little pain involved with collagen injections, but it should only last about 10-20 minutes. Getting the injections also takes only a short amount of time so it can be done easily during the day, leaving you with a nice, clear complexion.

3. Chemical Peels

Chemical peels are more commonly used for sun damage and other skin problems, but also work with acne. Chemical peels go where Microdermabrasion can’t, peeling off several layers of skin rather than just one. This allows them to get to the layers of skin where the roots of the scars are and erase them.

This method is a good one for bad scars because it is fast and easy, suited to both men and women and can be modified to fit your specific skin needs.

4. Laser Resurfacing

This method should only be used as a last resort because it is painful and takes time. Laser resurfacing gets rid of the most extreme acne scars by using a laser to remove the bad tissue and let new skin grow in it’s place. Do your research and consult your doctor before considering this procedure.

With these methods, now you and anyone else can have clear, scar-free and healthy skin.