Acne Sсаrѕ Removal in Edmonton
It was bad enough when you were a teenager and you had zits on your face. Now, as an adult, you look in the mirror and see the scars of those terrible little skin infections. There they are every day as a permanent reminder that you had acne when you were younger. Acne is the most common skin condition for people under 40. For some of us, it will continue well into adulthood. Many of us will have acne scars that will remain on our faces for decades afterward. But now they don’t have to.
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How can you get rid of acne scars in Edmonton?
Albany Laser and Cosmetic Center in Edmonton, Alberta was founded by Dr. Kamal Alhallak (Doctorate in Pharmacy) provides a number of ways to get rid of acne scars permanently and with little or no pain.
These treatments include fractional lasers, radiofrequency microneedling, Fraxel laser resurfacing, and microdermabrasion, help to reform the skin and help it heal with a smoother, less scarred surface.
What causes acne?
There are six primary causes of acne:
Genetics - Family plays a major role in the development of acne. If one parent had acne, the odds that you do too are much higher.
Food - Many types of acne are caused by or exacerbated by food allergies. Gluten, soy, junk foods, and many other types of food have been known to cause acne to get worse or to have more frequent outbreaks.
Bacteria - Phones, pillowcases, anything that touches your face can harbor bacteria and cause repeated outbreaks. Things like sebum, skin oils, makeup, and, of course, bacteria will acne to worsen.
Hormones - Hormones affect from puberty, period, and pregnancy can cause acne outbreaks. In fact, many times women who never had acne will get it suddenly when they get pregnant.
Cosmetics - Those fun and colorful cosmetics clog pores and bacteria to grow in your skin. It might simply be that the cosmetics are clogging pores or that your skin is having an allergic reaction.
Lack of sleep - You’ve heard all your life that good night’s sleep is vital, but you didn't realize that it could affect your skin. Your body is less able to fight off the infections that cause acne.
The chronic infection and inflammation associated with cystic acne cause a permanent change in the deep skin tissue in the area affected, not only the top layer of the skin. The body tries to fight the bacterial infection that caused acne by causing acute inflammation. Therefore, our immune system will deploy abundant supply from white blood cells, cytokines, and other material to try to resolve the infection promote tissue healing. The repetition of the inflammation-healing process is what causes the scar.
Different types of acne scars
There are four major types of acne scars:
- Ice pick - These look like tiny pock marks across the skin. They are caused when the acne infection expands pores that then heal in that enlarged state.
- Boxcar - These are scars are depressed scars with steep sides. They are wider than ice pick scars and give skin a pitted appearance.
- Rolling scars - These scars give skin a wave-like look. It’s caused by depressed scars that have soft sides. It makes the skin look uneven and craggy.
- Keloid scars - This is where pillows of scar tissue have developed on the skin. They look like inflamed skin, often with a pink appearance. They can mislead people into thinking they still have a skin infection with its only scar tissue left behind.
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Treating Acne Scars in Edmonton
The “gold standard” for skin resurfacing is Fraxel Dual Lasers. Lasers are used to gently damage the scar tissue and force it to reheal in a softer, less scarred way. It’s suitable for all skin types and colors. Using two different wavelengths of light, Fraxel Dual Lasers are quick and extremely effective. We also offer cold laser fractional laser with Fotona
The next treatment is fractional needling. Microscopic needles penetrate the skin and heat the skin. This lightly damages the skin and starts a new healing process without the original infection causing problems. This is often used in conjunction with special masks and PRP injections. (See the Vampire Family)
Chemical peels are just what the sound like gentle acids are applied to the skin in special creams. This acid breaks down the scar tissue and the skin heals smoother and without the pronounced scars.
Microdermabrasion is extremely effective. It’s usually used after Fraxel Dual Laser treatments or microneedling. This gentle abrasion will help you eliminate the small amounts of scar tissue that might be left behind by the other techniques.
“Which technique is best for you depends on your skin,” said Dr. Kamal Alhallak, Doctorate in Pharmacy, and founder of Albany Laser and Cosmetic Center in Edmonton. “There really is no one treatment that works best for everyone. In fact, we often find that you need to use different treatments to get the maximum effect. Of course, all of our treatments are gentle and safe.”
Schedule an appointment with Dr. Kamal (Pharmacist with Ph.D.) to plan a course of treatment that can free you from those scars that you’ve been carrying around. Smoother skin will look younger and make you feel younger!