Author: Selena Belisle, Owner/Instructor, CE Institute LLC, Miami FL
Acne is a noncontagious skin condition that occurs when your hair follicles become plugged with oil and dead skin cells. Blockages, inflammation, and infection can develop deep inside the skin and produce a cyst-like lump within the skin.
Depending on its severity, acne can cause emotional distress and scar the skin. In older adults, a sudden onset of severe acne may signal an underlying disease requiring medical attention.[i]
It is important to note that some instructors teach different “grades” of acne (i.e. Grade I, Grade II, Grade III & Grade IV – or another system). However, the American Academy of Dermatology states that “…there is no universally agreed upon grading system, and systems can differ greatly between studies…”[ii]
Massage therapists, salon & spa service providers should never work on or over broken skin. That means that service or touch should be avoided over facial or body areas that have severe acne break-out. Not only is the skin broken but there could be significant infection as well.
If your client is concerned about severe acne, refer them to a dermatologist or physician for proper medical care. For estheticians, facial specialists and those licensed to work with skin conditions, you may be able to help a client with acne with proper skin care acne treatment product(s) and regimen.
Author Selena Belisle is the Founder of CE Institute LLC in Miami FL. She is a retired professional athlete and has been practicing massage therapy for over 30 years. Selena is an approved CE Provider with NCBTMB & the Florida Board of Massage. She now teaches full time for the Complementary and Alternative Health Care Industries. You can learn more about Selena’s training and CE classes at www.CeInstitute.com
[i] Mayo Clinic Staff. “Acne.” Mayo Clinic, Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research, 31 Oct. 2017, www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/acne/symptoms-causes/syc-20368047.
[ii] “Practice Management Center.” Systems for the Grading and Classification of Acne: Recommendations | American Academy of Dermatology, Retrieved on: 25 Apr. 2018, www.aad.org/practicecenter/quality/clinical-guidelines/acne/systems-for-the-grading-and-classification-of-acne.