What is acne?

Acne is a common skin condition that occurs when hair follicles become clogged with oil and dead skin cells. It often results in the formation of pimples, blackheads, whiteheads, or cysts, primarily on the face, neck, chest, back, and shoulders.

What Causes Acne?

Excess oil production

Oil glands in the skin (sebaceous glands) produce an oily substance called sebum, which can combine with dead skin cells and block hair follicles, leading to acne.

Hormonal Changes

Hormonal fluctuations, such as those that occur during puberty, menstruation, pregnancy, and certain medical conditions, can stimulate the sebaceous glands to produce more oil, leading to acne flare-ups.


The bacterium Propionibacterium acnes (P. acnes) is naturally present on the skin, but when trapped in blocked follicles, it can multiply rapidly and cause inflammation.


Acne can run in families, suggesting a genetic predisposition to the condition.

Recommended Products for Acne

Recommended Spa Treatments

forever clear

Target post-acne scarring and improve post-acne texture during the FOREVER CLEAR treatment. Plus, blue light technology helps to reduce inflammation and bacteria, fighting future breakouts.

High frequency

An esthetician waves an electrode-tipped wand that emits argon gas along with an electrical current to generate oxygen, kill bacteria and calm inflamed skin — effectively disappearing that zit away with no downtime!

LED light therapy

Available with every Rescue Spa Facial. LED Therapy recharges your skin cells, administering the benefit of light into its deepest layers. 

Best skincare ingredients for acne

Several skincare ingredients have been shown to be effective in treating acne. Here are some of the best ones

It kills acne-causing bacteria, reduces inflammation, and helps unclog pores by removing excess oil and dead skin cells.

This beta hydroxy acid (BHA) exfoliates the skin, penetrating deep into pores to remove oil and dead skin cells. It also has anti-inflammatory properties.

These vitamin A derivatives help unclog pores, reduce inflammation, and promote cell turnover, preventing new acne lesions from forming.

It has antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties, helping to reduce acne lesions and fade post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation.

An alpha hydroxy acid (AHA) that exfoliates the skin, promoting cell turnover and helping to unclog pores.

It has anti-inflammatory properties and helps regulate sebum production, reducing acne lesions and redness.

This ingredient helps unclog pores, reduce oiliness, and has antimicrobial properties, making it effective in treating acne.

It has antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties, making it effective in reducing acne lesions and preventing new ones from forming.

Zinc has anti-inflammatory properties and regulates oil production, making it beneficial for acne-prone skin.

While not directly treating acne, hyaluronic acid hydrates the skin without clogging pores, helping to balance the effects of drying acne treatments.