Frequently Asked Questions
What makes Nirvana by Autumn so unique?
Forget trying to treat acne with everything under the sun. I will work with you and dive deep into your skin type and lifestyle to design the best treatment and regimen plan for your specific skin needs. When you start your journey on The Path to Skin Nirvana, you will get real results without prescriptions and drugs.
How does the acne program work?
What is acne?
If my skin is sensitive can I still join the acne program?
Absolutely, at Nirvana by Autumn, I know that all skin is not one size fits all. There are different layers of treatment and products. That's the beauty of this program; it is completely customized for YOU. We won't give up until we find the right treatment + products for you.
I have tried everything on my acne, and nothing works, can you still help me get clear?
My acne isn't too bad and I don't want to join the acne program, can you still help me?
What is the cost of the acne program?
What is going to happen at my first appointment?
What are extractions?
A manual form of cleaning out blackheads and comedones from your pores. I apply gentle pressure with my fingers, q-tips, or my ultrasonic skin spatula.
Do extractions hurt?
Why do you perform extractions?
It’s the fastest way to get you clear – I extract the current lesions out and the home care prevents the new ones from forming. It takes up to 90 days for acne to form and reach the surface of your skin, so in the 3-6 months that I'm working with you, you will see breakouts. These are just old lesions coming to the surface that I will extract every two weeks.
Will extractions make my face red?
It's normal for most people to get pretty red after extractions – there is no way around it. So, you really need to plan ahead and make sure you do not plan on being out in the sun or have a special event within 24 hours of getting a treatment.
Will I breakout after my treatment?
Getting a breakout after a treatment is very common. Extractions can cause your skin to purge because they remove toxins that are just hanging out below the skin's surface. It's normal to have a new acne lesion or two pop up, when this happens I recommend icing to reduce any inflammation and redness.
How long will the appointment take?
Your first consultation + treatment is scheduled for about 90 minutes, and your bi-weekly treatments are 30-45 minutes. When you start to get clearer, there will be fewer extractions to do, treatments will take less time.
Do I have to use your products?
Can I combine your regimen with one that I've been using?
Will I have to use your products forever?
You will need to use products to control your acne or until you outgrow acne, and no one knows when that is. Many people do outgrow acne, but we cannot predict when, so you may have to use the products for a while to manage your acne, but not forever.
Are your products all-natural?
The product line that I use for the acne program is a pharmaceutical-grade product, which means that all of the ingredients are naturally sourced and 99% pure. Unlike products that you might find in a beauty store or retail store, professional products go through more testing and contain pure and potent ingredients. Face Reality is a clean product that is cruelty-free.
Can I still join the acne program if I am pregnant or breastfeeding?
You can! You will just need a note or list from your doctor with a list of ingredients that they would like you to avoid.
How long will it typically take for me to get clear?
If you do your home care twice a day and come in every two weeks for a treatment, you will most likely be clear in about three to four months. Some people might take a little longer depending on the nature of their acne and how closely they follow the recommended home care guidelines that they are given.
What is a peel?
I like to call peels advanced exfoliation. Advanced exfoliation is superficial peels that mildly removing the top layer of dead skin and kills bacteria. This process allows new, healthy skin to be present and unclog your pores to prevent future breakouts.
Do you treat acne scarring?
What other skin conditions do you treat?
Do I have to receive treatments every two weeks?
Yes, bi-weekly treatments are apart of the protocol of the program. Bi-weekly treatments are required because this is the quickest way to get clear skin, and it also helps me monitor your home care to get you clear in the safest and fastest way possible.
What can I expect after my treatment?
After a treatment, you may experience some redness from extractions. If a peel is performed, you might have some dryness and peeling, which is completely normal. New breakouts are even possible after your treatment.
Can I continue to use my prescriptions while doing the program?
I require you to stop your prescription products, two-four weeks before starting on our program. I have found that they make the skin much too sensitive to use my system. Therefore I generally do not recommend the use of any of them with our regimen. You would have to choose between my program or the prescription products you are using.
Why do I leave my credit card information while booking?
Why do you only offer online booking?
Nirvana by Autumn is a home-based studio that requires online booking for security and liability reasons. I am the only person that runs the studio, and online booking acts as my receptionist. It's easy and convenient with 24/7 access. Online booking also allows you to cancel appointments and reschedule.