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What Is Acne
Acne, also known as acne vulgaris, is a common skin disorder. It occurs when pores become clogged from oil gland grease build-up. Blackheads usually form in larger pores, while whiteheads usually form in smaller ones. Cystic (severe) acne can also result. This usually occurs when the clogged pores become tender, swollen, and sometimes infected. Acne can affect both teenagers and adults. It can also have a negative impact on people’s lives, self-esteem, and confidence. Acne treatment is one of the most commonly procedures here at Q Esthetics Laser Clinic.
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Causes of Acne
There are many factors that can lead to acne; with most cases appearing on the face, chest, back, and shoulders. The root cause of acne is the abnormal development of cells inside the hair follicles under the skin’s surface. This can lead to blockage, excess oil production, and accumulation of bacteria. The bacteria in the small follicle can then cause redness, and pain.
Teens acne is typically caused by the drastic fluctuations in hormones. It is a misconception that “dirty” skin causes teens acne. While dirt and pollutants can certainly build up in pores, severe (cystic) acne is usually related to internal factors.
Adult acne often appears during pregnancy or during other hormonal change. Some birth control pills, high stress levels, and some medications are also known to be a cause. Many adults can experience acne between their 30’s and 50’s.
Are you suffering from acne? There’s now an effective procedure recommended by many dermatologists – The Palomar Starlux 500 system. This system uses IPL (intense pulsed light) to treat acne. It is the first device that obtained FDA approval for “Acne Clearing”. Many patients require only a few treatments to get rid of acne. This award-winning system is currently one of the most powerful light systems in the cosmetic industry.
At Q Esthetics we combine IPL with other acne treatments (such as Chemical Peels, Kenalog Injections and Acne Blue Light Therapy), for best results. Your acne specialist will create a skincare plan for you, and may recommend skin care products to speed up the recovery.
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How does the acne treatment work?
The Palomar Starlux System works on active acne by eliminating the bacteria. This procedure is beneficial to those with severe or cystic acne, and who have had little success with medications. The IPL destroys bacteria to clear breakouts quickly and efficiently, and the longer wavelength can also penetrate deeper to prevent future acne.
What is the procedure like?
The IPL acne hand-piece gently and quickly flashes a high-intensity light onto targeted areas of skin. You may experience a slight stinging during treatment, but most do not experience this as painful. Your skin may be slightly red after the IPL acne treatment. This temporary redness, which may look and feel like a slight sunburn, may last a few hours to a few days. You should apply sunscreen following post-treatment to protect your skin. As a result, acne blemishes shrink, become less noticeable and then fade after about one week.
Post acne treatment instructions and tips
Acne is an inflammatory skin disorder caused by a number of factors including hormones, stress and the environment. As a result, acne clearing and control is an ongoing commitment. Proper skin care is essential, and good hygiene has been shown to improve and maintain acne treatment results.
- It is important to wash your face with a gentle cleanser (pH balanced gel or liquid soap), morning and evening, and after any vigorous activity.
- Rinse face with cool or warm water. (Do not use hot water as it will activate the oil glands.)
- All cosmetics such as foundation, blush and moisturizers should be oil free. Products should be non-comedogenic.
- Avoid frequent handling of the skin, as well as rubbing or touching any lesions.
- Acne patients with oily hair should shampoo regularly.
- If you smoke, quit, as nicotine has been linked to acne.
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Acne Clinic Near You
Here at Q Esthetics, we work with thousands of acne patients each and every year, so we understand how you feel about unsightly acne and the frightening possibility of acne scarring.
With cutting-edge technologies and a team of talented and experienced professionals, we provide best acne treatments for teenagers and adults in Toronto, North York, Scarborough, Thornhill, Brampton, Etobicoke, Mississauga, Markham, Richmond Hill, Woodbridge, Vaughan, Newmarket and other surrounding areas of the GTA. Call one of our three convenient clinics today and book your complimentary consultation to find out how we can assist you.