Have you tried a variety of acne treatments, including oral antibiotics (prescription medication such as minocycline), topical antibiotic creams (salicylic acid, azelaic acid, and glycolic acid), hormonal therapy such as oral contraceptives, and even home remedies such as honey masks and over-the-counter products, but they failed you? We're here to assist you!
What is acne?
Acne is a common skin condition that is caused by clogged follicles filled with dead skin cells and sebum. Around 85 percent of people between the ages of 12 and 24 suffer from acne. Adult acne, alternatively referred to as post-adolescent acne, occurs after the age of 25. Acne can be mild, moderate, or severe, and can occur at any age.
Mild: pimples, blackheads, and whiteheads
Moderate: Rather than mild, more intense. Increased inflammation (redness, pus, and pain) increases the risk of scarring as a result of the skin injury.
Sever: Swollen, painful, fluid-filled cysts and/or large, hard lumps lodged in the skin are considered severe.
Scars can develop as a result of any type of acne. The pores swell, which may result in a follicle wall rupture. On the other hand, shallow lesions are typically minor and heal quickly. However, if the pore wall is ruptured, a deeper lesion develops, which may result in scarring.
We offer a variety of treatments and protocols for active acne, acne control, and acne scarring at Albany Laser & Cosmetic Center. We strongly recommend that you first come in for a consultation, which we believe is necessary. This provides insight into the best treatment plan for the patient, Dr. Kamal, and/or one of our Medical Aestheticians.
What is New in acne treatments?
Acne is distressing regardless of whether it is cystic, papules, or whiteheads. However, there is some encouraging news! Numerous new laser acne treatments are now available in Edmonton. We will discuss laser, microdermabrasion, and the Levulan Photodynamic Therapy System in this section. Having said that, proper skin care and hygiene are critical components of any long-term acne treatment regimen.
Causes of different types of acne
We will not go into detail about the various types of acne's causes. We will, however, provide a summary in the form of this infographic. In summary, acne is a result of excessive sebaceous gland activity and insufficient skin resurfacing (lack of dead skin cells turn over). Some of us are born with acne-prone skin as a result of these two factors.
At Albany Cosmetic and Laser Center, the majority of cases are complex. The majority of patients are desperate, having seen their family physician or primary care physician and exhausted all conventional treatments.
Treatment options at Albany Laser & Cosmetic :
We recommend treating acne on a daily basis with medical or pharmaceutical-grade products. This explains the availability of the Vivier and ZO. Vivier is a pharmaceutical skin care company based in Canada, and ZO is Dr. Zein Obagi's medical-grade skin care line.
We would like to offer the Vivier Acne Treatment system. This system includes two full-sized pharmaceutical-grade products that are both effective and user-friendly. It contains hexamidine, 2% salicylic acid, and 5% benzoyl peroxide, all of which contribute to the reduction of acne breakouts' frequency and severity.
ZO's Acne Prevention and Treatment Program consists of an exfoliating cleanser, an exfoliating polish, complexion renewal pads, and a sulphur masque. It is a comprehensive line of products that have been clinically proven to effectively treat clogged pores, blackheads, papules, and cystic acne. Additionally, it acts as an anti-acne preventative measure.
This treatment is effective at controlling acne and minimizing the appearance of acne scars. Equal amounts of salicylic acid, lactic acid, and resorcinol are present. This combination penetrates the skin, unclogs pores, and skims the surface, eroding blackheads and diminishing surface scars.
Microdermabrasion is a skin rejuvenation procedure. It kills bacteria by combining exfoliation and suction. Additionally, impurities such as dead skin cells and excess skin oil are present. Also, Microdermabrasion It is a non-invasive procedure that does not require the use of chemicals and aids in the attainment of a clear and bright complexion.
Furthermore, the treatment is appropriate for all skin types and shades. It leaves no traces behind. It contributes to the reduction and erasure of scars! You can resume your normal activities following microdermabrasion. This results in more rapid completion of the treatment. Additionally, you do not require any recovery time for safety reasons.
Carbon laser peel is a cutting-edge procedure for skin rejuvenation. This treatment has grown in popularity over the last few years as a way to combat oily, acne-prone skin. This is partly due to the publicity generated by high-profile celebrities incorporating the treatment into their skincare routines, but also to the treatment's efficacy. This peeling procedure, which requires only a carbon mask and a laser, is highly effective at clearing active acne from the skin.
Spectra Gold Toning:
If you have a problem with redness, Spectra Gold Toning can help you alleviate and manage it. This treatment does not eliminate the abnormal blood vessels; rather, it normalizes them. Gold Toning improves the health of the cells that surround the microvessels.
This procedure uses blue light to kill acne bacteria, resulting in clearer skin. During this treatment, the patient sits in front of the blue light for a few minutes. To achieve the best results, it is recommended to schedule 1-2 sessions per week. It is a minimally invasive procedure that is frequently used in place of medications and antibiotics. This treatment could be combined with the photodynamic approach using the levolan kerastic
Fotona ND Yag:
This laser light safely and effectively penetrates the skin to target overactive sebaceous (oil) glands, lowering the risk of developing new acne. Additionally, the acne laser treatment promotes collagen remodelling and accelerates the healing process.
Fotona ER Yag
This is an excellent procedure for scar resurfacing. The laser gently vaporises micron-thin layers of acne-scarred skin, exposing healthy, scar-free skin beneath. It is not intended to treat active acne, but rather to alleviate scarring caused by previous acne breakouts.
As with the Fotona ER Yag treatment, the Fraxel dual laser is not indicated for active acne treatment but is ideal for scarring. With minimal downtime, it is capable of removing deep scars and pigmentation. Additionally, it improves the skin's texture, diminishes the appearance of icepick or boxcar scarring, and diminishes post-acne hyperpigmentation.
At Albany, we provide a range of treatment options in recognition of the fact that each situation is unique. We want to ensure that you receive the best possible treatment so that you can feel confident in your own skin. Schedule your complimentary consultation today and embark on the path to clear, radiant skin.
More on Laser For Acne Removal
You may be familiar with laser hair removal. However, how effective are laser treatments at preventing and eliminating breakouts?
The treatment eliminates bacteria through the use of light. Additionally, IPL, or Intense Pulse Light Therapy, is used in the treatment. The following are the effects of the treatment:
Eliminate the bacteria that cause acne
Removes existing acne
Prevents future breakouts and resurfaces previously damaged skin
When skin cells are not properly shed, bacteria and sebum build up and clog your pores. Lasers are used to specifically target bacteria and aid in acne removal. Additionally, it helps to reduce the appearance of superficial scars and dark pigmentation. It is critical for clients to understand that they should discontinue the use of certain acne medications (topical or oral), such as Accutane or minocycline, for up to six months prior to treatment. Otherwise, the laser treatment may aggravate acne and delay the appearance of positive results.
What is the recommended treatment protocol?
It varies in severity according to the acne. If you are experiencing breakouts, Dr. Kamal (Ph.D. in Pharmacy) recommends six treatments every few months. To rebalance the skin, scarring and deep pigmentation must be reduced. Touch-up treatments will increase collagen production, help prevent acne, and improve your skin's overall appearance.
Will I see any improvements?
Yes, your skin will appear clearer and more refined. If you have sun damage or dark spots on your skin, you will notice that your skin colour will appear more balanced. In general, your skin will appear more radiant, supple, and supple.
What laser do you use at Albany?
We have over ten different types and wavelengths of lasers. As a result, we can tailor the acne laser treatment to your specific acne type, severity, and skin type. Our most effective lasers include the Fraxel, Dye pulse 532, 585, and ND Yag 1064.