Click on any of the frequently asked questions to learn more about Atlanta Acne Specialists skin care treatments and acne solutions.
Atlanta Acne Specialists knows that YOU are your best advocate for your skin. We arm our clients with a three-pronged approach; Education, Products, & Lifestyle.
First, our clients receive heavily-researched and clinically-proven information to understand their skin. Second, we recommend the best products for their skin and acne type based on their Health Intake Form. Dedicated use of these products prevents new acne from forming deep down in the pore. We do recommend that our clients change how they use the home care products every 2 weeks according to the set of instructions that will be provided. This approach strengthens their skin care in order to get them clear without irritating their skin or causing too much dryness. Third, we recommend dietary, lifestyle, and hair care changes. Our most successful clients accept that in order to achieve clear skin, they must make these changes.
Many clients are able to take advantage of our safe and effective extractions every two weeks. Extractions remove the acne that has reached the surface of the skin. Coming in to the office for treatments can help hasten the process of getting clear, but even without extractions, which are not required to achieve clear skin, our clients typically see results in about 3-6 months and some have their acne under control in as few as 3 months.
Well, if your current products were working, you wouldn’t be searching for an alternative acne treatment, would you?
Unfortunately, many big skin-care companies will change their formulas for various reasons. It can be very frustrating!
Also, while some of your products may not contain necessarily pore-clogging ingredients, they most likely don’t contain ingredients to prevent new acne from forming. The Virtual Clear Skin Program boasts that our clients know that the products they purchase are formulated with the proper ingredients and the correct pH to make them effective for getting rid of acne and preventing new acne from forming. Our clients use our products exclusively. The use of other products will inhibit your results.
Most of us wear and think of SPF as the way to prevent a sunburn at the pool or beach. We all know that sunburns are painful and that serious sunburns can potentially lead to skin cancers. We, obviously want you to avoid that, and a full spectrum sunblock, which is what we offer, blocks UVA rays (Aging rays) as well. These UVA rays go deepest into the skin, down to the dermis, and cause the most damage. These affects manifest in about 20-30 years in the form of wrinkles and age spots. Avoiding the outdoors and direct sunlight does not prevent contact with UVA rays as they penetrate windows (think of driving in the car). If the sun is up, UVA rays are present. Wearing SPF is the most anti-aging step you can take for your skin. Wear it every day of the year even during the cold months and/or rainy days. Our Everyday SPF does double-duty as it keeps your skin hydrated which is very important while on our program, especially in the winter months, so skin doesn’t get too dry.
The cost of our program largely depends upon which program you chose.
In-office clients will have the benefit of extractions as well as other treatments.
Our Virtual Clients enjoy the lower-costs and freer schedules.
In either program, our goal is to get you clear in 6 months or less. The average client is clear between 3 and 4 months. Many factors apply, specifically acne type and the client’s commitment to adhere to our program and suggested lifestyle changes.
Consultations, if desired prior to beginning the program, are $75. Kits usually cost $249 and cover the consultation fee, but other factors can contribute based on your specific circumstance. All costs can be reviewed with you if you would like.
Treatments cost $95 for a 30-minute session and $125 for a 60-minute session. The consultation, client availability, and adherence to the program are some of the factors that will determine which treatment option is best.
Once our clients achieve clear skin, they are able to stay clear with continued use of our products and if their diet/ lifestyle is in line, without continuing treatment. The average cost for maintenance per month is between $50 and $75.
We prefer our clients to be off all prescriptions for 2 weeks before starting our program. This is for your benefit. Most prescriptions tend to make the skin very sensitive and products are exfoliating and if they are mixed with topical prescriptions, they will have unfavorable results.
And as per our Waiver agreement, you are not to use other products while on our program.
Unfortunately, many makeups contain pore-clogging ingredients. That is why we strongly recommend our clients use Priia makeup which we can match you for in the office. Our clients love it and it’s completely acne-safe. We do also have a few others that we know are acne-safe and we’d be happy to review them with you. We recommend making this change at the start of the program so that you our clients may get their desired results as quickly as possible.
It’s all about the iodides. Iodides, when excreted from the skin, irritate the lining of the pore causing more oil production and shedding of dead skin cells. When you are acne-prone, you already over-produce dead skin cells which, along with your natural oil, is stickier, causing the plugs in the pore that form into acne. We don’t want to exacerbate that, so we have you remove as many iodide-rich foods as we can (i.e. cutting out dairy).
We know it is not easy to eliminate your favorite foods from your diet. However, we also know our happiest clients have embraced these changes.
The iodide rich foods we will educate you about should be avoided for at least the first 3 months of the program. Some of our clients stay away from these foods while others will try adding one at a time back to their diet very slowly and in moderation to see how their skin is affected. Sometimes, the addition of a food will cause a break-out and is thus not safe for that client. Sometimes it doesn’t allowing the client to be relatively sure a little of that food will be okay.
Our most successful clients understand that getting clear is a process and that discovering food triggers is part of it.
Please contact us with any questions you might have about what is involved in our program. And, sincerely, if you’re not ready to commit, you should wait. We are here to support our clients in making the changes necessary to achieve clear skin and we definitely want our clients to be excited about the results they achieve, but we know it can be a lot.
We will never pressure you to start our program. We trust you will know when you are ready. And when you are, we will be here for you.
It takes acne between 2 and 3 months to reach the surface of the skin. Therefore, it will take a minimum of 3 months for clients to see clear skin, regardless of acne type, lifestyle, age, etc.
Our Virtual Clear Skin Program clients can achieve clear skin between 6 and 9 months without treatments.
Our monthly in-office clients typically enjoy clear skin in about 6 months.
And our bi-weekly clients can be clear in as little as 3 or 4 months.
These results are enjoyed by clients who commit fully to making necessary changes required and will vary depending upon each client’s ability to utilize all aspects of our program. If you begin with us, you are in charge of your results. If you follow all our recommendations you will get the best possible results in the shortest amount of time.
*Note that result times may vary slightly from person to person as no two clients have the same set of circumstances.
Probably not. Being acne-prone means your skin is not “behaving”. So, in our program, we help you train it to “behave”. Until your skin begins to function the way it is supposed to, and there is no way to know when that is, you will need to use our products to continue to get the results you desire. However, once you are clear for at least 6 months, you can start to wean off of the active products (never “cold-turkey”) and see how your skin reacts. We continue the weaning as long as your skin continues to “behave.” If you start to break out again, your skin is telling us it’s not ready to be without the products. That being said, no client’s skin can “behave” unless the basics continue; wash, moisturize, and use SPF. Every day. Forever.
Treatments are always done by a highly qualified and trained acne specialist in a private room.
We begin treatments with either a mild chemical peel (after which some clients experience a little flaky skin for a few days), or a light enzyme (no flakiness depending on the skin’s condition the day of your treatment).
Our second step is to extract. There will be some mild to medium discomfort during this process. It should not “hurt”.
We complete each session with an LED light treatment to kill bacteria in the pores, reduce redness, and promote the healing of your skin.
Yes, you will be red and bumpy after your acne treatment. Sadly, there is no other effective way to do extractions. Using ice when you get home helps. Our clients know the results are worth it!