Comprehensive Guide to Acne Treatments: Hydrofacials, Microneedling, and IPL PhotoFacials Explained

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Understanding Acne

Acne is a skin condition usually caused by excess oil or sebum production, hair follicles clogged by oil or dead skin cells, or bacteria and inflammation that are triggered by hormonal changes, diet, stress, and certain medications. At Jack Nathan MedSpa, we offer many treatments that may help prevent and diminish blemishes, including Hydrofacials and Microneedling. In this article, we will discuss these two skin care treatments that deep clean, exfoliate, and remove the buildup of bacteria.

DermaPen Dp4™ Microneedling

Treating Acne with Venus Glow Hydrofacials

What is a Hydrofacial?

The Venus Glow Hydrofacial is a non-invasive treatment that deep-cleanses and hydrates the skin using a special device that combines suction and a gentle vacuum with a serum infusion. Imagine your skin as the floor, although you sweep everyday like how you use your facial cleanser, it is not enough. The skin always needs a deep cleaning.

Your skin produces sebum that can block pores causing breakouts. The Hydrofacial will open up your pores and clean out all the dirt and dead skin cells. Even though Hydrofacial is a non-invasive treatment with minimal to no downtime, congested pores and breakouts may pop after the treatment.

Venus Glow Hydrofacials

This is normal and you will notice that this acne heals faster than usual, as this type of acne lies deeper into the skin causing redness that takes time to come out from the skin. The goal is to clear and reduce build-up in the skin. The Hydrofacial can target underlying congestion and allow it to come out and heal itself rather than staying longer under the skin, becoming more irritated and inflamed.

What to Expect During Your Hydrofacial

Hydrofacial deep cleans the skin in three steps:

  1. Step one – Skin Prep: The esthetician will first cleanse the skin using a gentle cleanser to remove any makeup, dirt, or debris.
  2. Step Two – Customized Serum: Hydrofacial serums are picked depending on the skin problem. For Acne, GLOWCLARA is used as it contains peptides, antioxidant properties, and plant extracts.
  3. Step Three – Venus Glow Device: The rotating tip is ‘dragged’ across the skin allowing the serum-infused water to flush out your pores.

How Many Treatments You Need

Consistency is the key to maintaining healthy skin. Venus Glow treatments can be performed as often as once a week. The actual number of sessions depends on the client, the area to be treated, and the initial condition of the skin. Some clients enjoy the Venus Glow regularly about every 4 to 6 weeks and some clients like to schedule a treatment every 3 months.

These treatments effectively help treat and reduce congestion and at the same time give the skin a boost of hydration and rejuvenation. It is perfect for anyone who wants long-term, clear, and youthful-looking skin.

Side Effects of Hydrofacial

Hydrofacial treatments are very well tolerated. Some redness and/or mild edema (swelling of the skin) is common and will resolve within a few hours. It is advised to seek a consultation and follow-up appointment with your practitioner should you have concerns post-treatment.

Treating Acne with DermaPen Dp4™ Microneedling

How Microneedling Works to Treat Acne

Microneedling is another popular treatment that can help various skin problems. It is a simple, safe, and minimally invasive treatment that uses thin needles to make micro-injuries in the top layer of the skin. This helps stimulate your skin’s healing process, so it produces various growth factors. The procedure can help reduce the appearance of skin concerns such as stretch marks, wrinkles, enlarged pores, uneven skin tone, acne scars and acne itself.

DermaPen Dp4™ Microneedling before and after

Microneedling is an effective treatment in terms of preventing developing acne or ongoing acne by reducing the production of sebum responsible for making the skin oily which leads to the formation of whiteheads, blackheads, and chronic cystic acne. It also allows for acne scars to look lighter or smoother by stimulating collagen production, resulting in the production of new skin cells which replace the old ones. Microneedling will also open the door for your skin to absorb products faster and deeper using Dp Dermaceuticals.

What to Expect

Before your microneedling treatment, your skin will be cleaned with our Dermaceutical ® line of cleansers. Numbing cream may, or may not, be applied, depending on the treatment area and client’s preference. The treatment is then delivered using a DermaPen DP4. Your service provider will select the settings for your treatment and will perform the treatment by dragging the tip of the DP4 across the surface of your skin.

How Many Microneedling Treatments You Need

How many microneedling treatments you will need depends on your skin and your specific concerns. Most patients will need three to six treatments spaced out over several weeks to several months.

Side Effects of Microneedling

After you have a microneedling procedure, you may experience some side effects. Skin may appear pinkish to red right after treatment with a sunburn-like sensation on the skin and redness. This will mostly fade within 48 hours. Other side effects, like bumps, breakouts, and dry skin, are also common after microneedling but not everyone will experience them. It is advised to seek a consultation and follow-up appointment with your practitioner should you have concerns post-treatment.

Treating Acne with IPL PhotoFacial

How IPL Photo Facial Works to Treat Acne

Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) Photo facial is a laser light treatment that targets pigment issues including acne, acne scars, Brown Spots, sun damage, red spots, and rosacea. The bright light passes through the epidermis, drawing out the pigment-producing cells and dispersing the uneven pigment.

Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) Photo facial

IPL Photo facial can be used on the face, neck, chest, shoulders, back arms, and legs.

IPL treats acne by targeting the skin. Pulses of light energy safely target acne. The light is naturally absorbed by the skin without causing any injury to the surroundings, the top layer of the skin.

What to Expect

Upon starting the treatment:

  • First, your skin will be cleansed to remove any makeup.
  • A cooling gel will be applied.
  • The treatment will commence.
  • During the IPL treatment, patients might feel pulses which may cause a snapping, warmth sensation. However, this treatment is typically very well tolerated by most.
  • The great news is that there is no downtime with the IPL photo facial!

How Many IPL Photo Facial Treatments You Need/ Side Effects of IPL

For those seeking optimal results, they typically require a series of 3-6 treatments spaced 1 month apart. After the treatment, some may notice:

  • Skin appearing red for 3-24 hours.
  • Improved complexion becoming visible 1-3 weeks post-treatment.


In the battle against acne, this skin condition has proven to be stubborn for many. Especially if you are someone with oily skin-prone skin or if you’re dealing with ongoing acne unresponsive to topical creams. Alternatives like microneedling, hydrofacial, or the IPL photo facial could be the ideal treatment you’ve been searching for. Ready to take the next step? Book your free consultation with Jack Nathan MedSpa to assess your skin and determine the best treatment tailored for you.

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*All before and after photographs on our website are examples only and do not constitute an implied or any other kind of certainty for the result of the procedure. Several treatments may have been performed and other products and procedures may have been used to enhance and improve results. Individual results may vary.

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