skin care

Successful Acne Treatment

Successful Acne Treatment


Acne is one of the most common skin issues we treat at Glow Skincare where I work as an esthetician. We’ve researched to find the best treatments and have a wide variety of effective professional treatments and home care products. By combining professional treatments with proper home care, our acne clients have seen remarkable changes in their skin.

Effective acne treatment is a partnership between the client and aesthetician and one of the most important elements is continuation of treatment. It takes time to clear up acne, and to truly see changes in your skin it’s vital to give both professional and home care time to work. Clients who have the most success stick carefully to both their professional treatments and their home care regimen for five to six months.

Another important element of successful acne treatment is to only use the home care product regimen that we have recommended. We understand how frustrating it is not to get faster results and you may think the treatment and/or products aren’t working. But, if you stop using products or add new products, you may decrease the effectiveness of the system that you’ve invested time and money in.

Some acne products will cause your skin to become dry and this is normal. We’ll give you information on how to use your products so your skin has time to adjust and tolerate the products. We can also recommend products that will strengthen your skin and help offset some of the drying effects of acne products.

Picking and touching your skin will aggravate acne. It’s hard, but it’s important to keep your hands off your face.

Acne is affected by many factors- Hormones, stress, some medical conditions, diet, even sleep. But by sticking with your recommended treatments and home care, you’re on your way to clearer, brighter, skin.

If you have questions feel free to contact us at or 615-226-4627.


Why Would a Guy Get a Facial?

June 21st is Father's Day, so I thought I'd write about why your Dad (or your kids' dad!) would love getting a gift card for a facial for his Father's Day present. I love giving my guy clients facials, and they love getting them. What guy, whether he admits it or not, wouldn't like relaxing while getting their skin deep-cleaned, and getting a hand, arm, neck, and shoulder massage to go with it? Based on the number of men who are my regular clients, once they try a facial service, they love it! So, here's what happens during a man's facial, as well as the benefits.

We start with a short scalp massage followed by cleansing the face thoroughly and analyzing the skin. The cleanse includes using a Clarisonic cleaning brush for a deep clean and a scrub with alpha-hydroxy acids to remove dead skin cells and stimulate the skin for better skin health, and smoother, clearer, skin. Men like it because it helps clean blackheads and deep pores (many guys are prone to deep pores that trap oil, dirt, and dead skin) that are clogged. While the scrub is working the steam is softening the oil and blackheads and opening the pores for easy extractions. After the scrub and steam, I'll gently extract any remaining blackheads, clogged pores, or blemishes. Then comes the most relaxing part! After applying a cool, soothing, manly smelling mask to the face, he'll get a hand and arm massage, followed by a neck and shoulder massage. The mask smooths and nourishes the skin and once its job is done, I'll remove it with a warm towel, apply a serum that hydrates and cools the face, and top it off with sunscreen, eye cream and a lip treatment. All the products used are "guy friendly." They smell refreshing, not girly, and feel non-greasy. It's guaranteed that your Dad will leave feeling so happy that his smart kids got him a facial for Father's Day!

Glow Skincare, where I work, has a Father's Day special! Our Men's Skin Treatment is $20 off this month. It's a $70 value for $50. Looking forward to seeing your dad for a facial soon. 

Stay pretty,

Helen Gaye

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Should You Try Microdermabrasion?

Have you ever tried microdermabrasion? Or, have you wondered why you should? It’s one of my favorite skin treatments to give clients because they can immediately see glowing skin that’s more smooth and clear.

Microdermabrasion, commonly referred to as “microderm,” uses a machine with a tip to lift dead skin cells while it vacuums to stimulate the skin and sweep away the dead skin cells. Stimulation of the skin helps to improve collagen production.

Microderm is also used to help reduce hyperpigmentation (brown spots), mild acne scars, and improve fine lines and skin texture. It can also help improve acne by unclogging pores and reducing the dead skin cells that, along with oil, clog pores and create breakout. You’ll see visible results with one microderm, but a series of six to eight treatments will maximize the benefits.

Microderm can be done using a fine spray of crystals to exfoliate the skin, but today most machines use a tip made of diamonds. The tip is applied to each area of the face in a crosshatch pattern or sweeping pattern, depending on the manufacturer.  The amount of suctioning and pressure with the tip are adjustable so that microderm is comfortable for almost everyone.

One of my favorite ways to use microderm is to alternate a series of microderms with a series of peels. The combination maximizes the results of both treatments. My acne clients especially find it effective to reduce the number of breakouts, nodules, and cysts. Be sure to apply SPF every day, especially immediately following any facial treatment.

Whether you have microderm done as part of a facial or as a stand-alone service, you’ll leave with clearer, glowing skin. And, don’t we all love a little instant gratification?

Stay pretty,

Helen Gaye

Contact me

Make an appointment by calling Glow Skincare at 615-226-4627