Acne Awareness

By May 31, 2017 News

June is acne awareness month so we thought it would be a great time to share some information.  

Acne comes in many different forms affecting people of all ages.  Most people have had experience with some kind of breakout in their life.  It is common for us to hear what a negative impact acne can have on someone’s self confidence.  

The most reasonable way to approach acne, according to dermatologist Dr. Murad, is to recognize that the skin is the largest and most connected organ in the body.  This means that you have to include the whole body when helping the skin. He recommends a complete inclusion Health approach including a diet built on water-rich foods, regular exercise, attention to sleep cycle, routine targeted skin care and self care that enables each individual to best manage their stress.  

There are several different types of acne.  Some of the most common types include:                                                    

Comedones: Hair follicles that become clogged with oil and dead skin cells that develop into bumps and whiteheads.                                                                                                                                                          

Whiteheads: Clogged pores that remain below the skin and are not inflamed.  They can appear as a small bump or a raised bump with a white head.                                                                                                         

Blackheads: These are comedones that are open to the surface of the skin.  They appear black or dark brown in colour which is caused by oil’s reaction to air.                                                                                                

Papules: Appear as small, red or pink bumps on the skin.  These are whiteheads or blackheads that have become inflamed.  Picking at these may lead to scarring.                                                                                                             

Pustules: a version of an inflamed pimple, a pustule looks like a whitehead but is also has a ring around the bump.  This type of acne is the classic pimple.

More Severe types of acne that involve deep inflamed and pustular cysts, nodules on face and body and severe flushing require assessment, diagnosis and treatment by a physician.

While there is no one cause that leads to acne and clogged pores, some of the factors that may aggravate the condition include: Hormones, certain medication, genetics, comedogenic products, stress and physical pressure from helmets, chinstraps etc.,

The more common forms of acne can be improved ( along with a holistic whole body approach) with skin care treatments and medical grade products.  We are proud to be able to offer technology, treatments and products that can make a difference in your skin.  

Oxygen- the oxygen kills the acne-causing bacteria as well as reduces acne-based inflammation

Exfoliation-removing superficial dead skin cells removes the medium where acne causing bacteria can live as well as removing trapped dirt and oils.

BBL Acne Treatment- Blue light treatment attack p-acne bacteria on the surface and in the sebaceous gland helping acne breakouts resolve faster and skin stays clearer.

Medical Grade Home care products with Salicylic Acid ( unclogs pores) and  Benzoyl Peroxide ( prevents pores from becoming blocked and targeting bacteria that cause acne)

Makeup that does not clog pores.

THIS MONTH TRY OUR ACNE BUSTING FACIAL.  This treatment includes an exfoliating enzyme mask and application of oxygen incorporating a vitamin rich serum.  This facial targets superficial skin buildup and acne causing bacteria.                                                                                                                                                                     

Not sure what is the best treatment for you?  Book a consultation with our facial specialists for a customized protocol.  We offer several options for professional exfoliating treatment that leave your skin smooth and clear.