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Acne and Acne ScarsIn Palo Alto, CA

Who does acne affect?

Acne can affect people of all ages, although it often occurs in younger people the most.

It can pop up on the face, but also on the chest, neck, shoulders, scalp and back as well. While acne is not life-threatening, it can have a significant impact on social comfort, well being and positive self-esteem. At Total Glow, our Palo Alto wellness center, we take acne very seriously and have designed several skincare regimens to get at the heart of the problem and solve it holistically from the inside out.

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What is acne?

When the sebaceous glands within hair follicles become clogged with oil, bacteria begins to build up, causing a breakout. Thus acne is a chronic inflammation of the sebaceous glands. It can be difficult to treat. Topical products may further irritate the skin, while oral medications can harm the stomach. Non-invasive solutions at a med spa are often more expensive up front, but in the long run these options save time, money and suffering.

What are acne scars?

Once the pimple has run its course, it often leaves in its wake a dark scar that may be raised and bumpy, or it maybe concave and depressed. Acne scars can cause a lot of self-consciousness for the client, especially when they cover the face. They are hard to cover with makeup, and hiding them may become a preoccupation for some clients.

What are the best treatments for combatting acne and acne scarring?


During microneedling, multiple ultra thin needles are used to create tiny punctures in the skin. These micro injuries prompt the body to rebuild its collagen reserves. The collagen can be instrumental in healing facial scarring.

Chemical Peels

A chemical peel is a customized facial application that exfoliates the outer damaged layer, ridding the skin of excess dirt, oil and debris. Our team will perform an analysis of your skin to make sure your peel is tailored to your problem skin.

Skin Care Treatments

Our skin care treatments use several different steps, including exfoliating, cleansing, extracting and hydrating/protecting to thoroughly revitalize your skin. The pores are cleaned out of excess oil, dirt, debris and bacteria. Finally, antioxidants, peptides and other nutrients are infused to help promote long-term skin health.


The IPL technology uses precise pulses of energy that penetrate the skin to kill bacteria within the hair follicles, and free the pores from debris and sebum. IPL also helps to reduce facial redness and facial scarring.

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The Total Glow Difference

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When you come to Total Glow for treatment, you are entering an environment of total commitment to you. Terrie Absher, our founder and Sherpa, has implemented every measure to ensure each step of your journey is met with complete attention to detail. Terrie trains every provider in the practice for months before allowing them to treat clients. This ensures each provider has “the touch” with each client, not only providing excellent results, but also making each client as comfortable as possible.

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“Every day I stand in front of groups of women teaching exercise, wearing very little makeup, my face to the world. Looking my best is important. I have been a skin care client of Terrie for over 10 years. In her new wellness & skin studio Total Glow, she offers the most current and innovative technologies to transform your skin and the face you bring to the world. If your goal is to have great-looking skin, this is the place.”
– N. Dante

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