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Acne Treatment

Esthetician applying a facial mask to client’s cheek using a brush Skincare treatments can help exfoliate the skin, removing dirt and oil that can block pores and lead to acne. For many clients, receiving acne treatments from a qualified esthetician can greatly improve their sense of self-confidence. HICI Go offers online acne treatment courses for professional estheticians, as well as esthetics students and independent learners across the United States. Acne treatment is just one option in our online catalog of skincare courses. In-person courses are available in Connecticut, Florida, Maryland, Pennsylvania, and Texas.

Learn more about acne treatments from HICI Go.

What Causes Acne?

Acne is a common inflammatory skin disorder that affects people of all ages. When hair follicles become clogged with oil and dead skin cells, acne can develop in the form of blackheads, whiteheads, or pimples. Acne outbreaks are usually on a person’s face, but they can also develop on other parts of the body like the shoulders, back, and chest. For some individuals, acne clears up after adolescence. For others, it can continue well into adulthood.

To receive medical treatment for acne, a person will need to see their primary care provider or a dermatologist. The provider may recommend over-the-counter treatments for mild acne or prescribe topical or oral medications for more persistent flare-ups. However, an esthetician can provide complementary cosmetic services to help a client achieve and maintain clear skin.

How to Treat Acne

Before recommending any type of skincare treatment, an esthetician will typically conduct a skin analysis to identify areas of concern. By examining a client’s skin under bright light, they can look for areas of inflammation, damage, or dryness.

Estheticians provide a wide variety of services that exfoliate, moisturize, and rejuvenate the skin. These include:


Facial treatments cleanse the skin to wash away the dirt and oil that block pores. Professionals may use different combinations of botanicals and other ingredients to soothe and hydrate the skin.


An esthetician can safely extract pore blockages to stop pimples from developing. While it is not recommended to try to pop or clear blocked pores at home, a trained professional can perform safe extractions in a sterile environment.


This is a non-invasive skin treatment that shaves off the top layer of skin. Dermaplaning can help reduce the appearance of scarring and hyperpigmentation caused by acne.

Hydrogen Oxygen Facial

This three-step skincare treatment cleans deep into the pores. First, an esthetician uses an exfoliating device to cleanse the skin. Next, they use suction to remove impurities from within the pores. Finally, they hydrate the face with moisturizers and targeted serums.

Estheticians also have an opportunity to educate their clients on lifestyle changes that may minimize the severity of their acne. These include eating a balanced diet, drinking plenty of water, avoiding touching one’s face, and recommending specific cleansing and moisturizing products. Generally, individuals with acne should look for non-comedogenic products, meaning they’re unlikely to clog pores. They can also suggest over-the-counter treatments with acne-fighting ingredients such as salicylic acid and benzoyl peroxide.

Benefits of Acne Treatment

By taking the time to examine a client’s skin and discuss their concerns, an esthetician can offer a personalized set of recommendations. In addition to skincare services, they can suggest products the client can incorporate into their everyday routine to help keep their skin clear. Acne treatments can:

  • Hydrate the skin to minimize excess oil production
  • Remove dead skin cells that block pores
  • Rejuvenate the skin to improve tone and texture
  • Help clients feel more confident in their skin

Many treatments also have the added benefit of minimizing fine lines and wrinkles, helping to improve the overall appearance of the skin.

Flexible Courses Nationwide

HICI Go is proud to offer online instruction throughout the U.S., as well as in-person courses through our two partner institutions: Cortiva Institute and Hollywood Institute. Online learners can sign up for live webinars or watch recorded video courses at a time that’s convenient for them. While our extensive selection of courses is designed for professionals seeking continuing education opportunities, non-licensed learning enthusiasts are also welcome to register.

Get Started With HICI Go Today

Want to improve your knowledge of skin care techniques? Choose HICI Go for online instruction anywhere or in-person courses in Florida, Connecticut, Maryland, Pennsylvania, or Texas. HICI Go offers courses on:

  • Body and Speed Waxing
  • Dermaplaning
  • Electrolysis
  • Hydrogen Oxygen Facial
  • Raindrop Therapy
  • Sugaring

Plus, current students at Cortiva Institute and Hollywood Institute are given an account for online instruction, providing access to a wide range of continuing education courses. For more information about esthetician continuing education and registering for skin care classes online, contact us today.