Don’t You Deserve a Little Festive Pampering?

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When the hustle and bustle of Christmas and New Year starts taking its toll, treating yourself to a little festive pampering can really help you re-energize! Everyone wants to look their best at the office Christmas party, in the obligatory family photos, and perhaps even on that beach vacation scheduled for January, but the winter air, dehydrating central heating, and those late nights, rich food and glasses of champagne can quickly leave your skin looking less than vibrant. Continue reading “Don’t You Deserve a Little Festive Pampering?”

Skincare Treatments for Acne

While most people will only ever experience the mild development of acne in their teen years, there are those that suffer a severe form of this skin disease known medically as Acne Vulgaris. This skin condition involves the oil glands at the base of hair follicles. Human skin has pores which connect to oil glands located under the skin. These glands produce an oily liquid called Sebum. The sebum job is to carry dead skin cells through the follicles to the surface of the skin, and if these follicles get blocked, a pimple can grow that results in an accumulation of oil under the skin.

woman hiding her faceAcne can be embarrassing and cause self-esteem issues in all ages. Understanding the signs of acne is the first step in determining which treatment may work best for you. Whiteheads are small blemishes with a whitish head whereas blackheads look like tiny dots on your skin. Both are referred to as comedones, which is another term for clogged pore. The next phase of acne is called Papules and occurs when bacteria, sebum, and dead skin cells cause inflammation under the skin. They are small hard lesions, but there is no pus in papules. Similar to papules are pustules in appearance, but they are pus filled. These types of mild to moderate acne should be treated to heal existing spots and lessen the chances of scarring. It is also advisable for those with a darker complexion to seek treatment at the early stages of acne to prevent hyperpigmentation.

If you’re experiencing large, red, inflamed blemishes that last longer than a month these can be symptoms of severe acne. Nodular acne and acne cysts are both types of severe acne and need a customized treatment plan. Nodular acne is usually painful and covers large areas of your skin. The nodules are lesions that are deep within the skin. Similar to nodules, cysts are deep under the skin’s surface as well, but they are filled with pus and are usually softer than a nodule. These severe types of acne are usually caused by genetics and if left untreated can cause scarring.

There are stronger medications and therapies that can help treat severe acne if over the counter products aren’t working. The following types of treatment are offered for severe acne:

Topical medications
These products work best on clean, dry skin and may take a few weeks to notice any improvements. The most common topical prescriptions are Retinoids, antibiotics, and Dapsone. These products come in a gel, cream or lotion.

Oral medications
For moderate to severe acne, you may need oral medications to reduce bacteria and fight inflammation. This may include a drug called Accutane. This powerful drug was used almost exclusively years ago, and in most cases, the first signs of healing occurred after two to three weeks of treatment although it could take as long as one to two months for the benefits to be noticed. While Accutane can be beneficial for some patients, the best results are obtained when combined with other treatments for severe acne.

Light Therapies
Photorejuvenation is a procedure that uses lasers or photodynamic therapy. It treats only the area that is required and does not affect the surrounding tissue. During treatment, a laser emits a controlled light that is absorbed by the skin. The body’s natural healing system encourages the production of new collagen to improve the texture of the skin. You will be asked to wear dark goggles to protect your eyes from the bright light. A cold gel is applied to aid in the absorption of the light. Treatment lasts about 30 minutes, and five or six treatments are recommended for maximum results.

Blu-U is a narrow band of blue light is emitted in this non-invasive, pain-free treatment that is safe for all ages and pregnant women. The light causes a photodynamic effect within the oil glands that kills the primary bacteria responsible for acne. While this treatment can be effective on its own, it can also be combined with other forms of therapy to enhance results. These simple sessions last approximately 30 minutes during which time you will sit with the affected area exposed to the light. Aftercare may include the doctor recommending special attention in choosing a sunscreen.

Levulan Photodynamic Therapy (PDT) combines light and a special light-activated solution called Levulan. This effective treatment controls hard to treat acne and may also improve skin texture, pore size, and pigmentation. Prior to applying Levulan, an active scrub or microdermabrasion will be performed to the treatment area. You will then be positioned under a Blu-U or IPL light in a darkened room. After the treatment, the Levulan is washed off, and a sun block is applied to the treated area before leaving the clinic.

Laser and Skin Care Medspa offer a free consultation to assess each individual before recommending any course of action. Please note that treatment is covered by Alberta Health Care and some 3rd party insurance plans. We also carry special medical grade skin care products and water-based therapeutic foundation such as the Jane Iredale Makeup line that aid in acne care and not harm your skin like some over the counter products can. We employ the most advanced treatments for maximum benefit for you. If acne is a concern for you, there are treatment options available that can help.teen with acne

Laser Treatment for Skin Care

Over time lasers have become a useful tool to meet growing demands of those that suffer from skin conditions such as acne or Melasma. Others want to diminish the appearance of fine lines, facial wrinkles or remove tattoos. And while there are many topical creams in the marketplace that claim to assist with these conditions, nothing is quite as effective and safe as laser treatment.

The Spectra™ Laser is one such available laser that is manufactured by the Lutronic company that has a proven track record of commitment to providing the best in class solutions in both reliability and performance. Their Spectra™ Laser is the most versatile and offers the best results for superior tattoo removal. Their passion to improve the lives of patients is evident in the focused solutions on patient outcomes.

For this article, the following laser treatment for these particular skin conditions are highlighted.

 

Melasma

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This condition is also called chloasma and it is the brown patches of skin that are caused by exposure to the sun and hormonal changes such as pregnancy. These patches of darkness most often appear on the cheeks, bridge of the nose, forehead, chin, and above the upper lip but can also be seen on other parts of your body that get lots of sun. While this skin condition can affect both sexes, it is more commonly found in women than men.

Laser Toning will not only improve the texture of your skin but will reduce the visible pigmentation. Safe for most skin types, it is a comfortable procedure with long term results that have little down time for the patient.

 

Acne

acne scarring

Acne vulgaris, more commonly called acne, is the most common of skin diseases seen in people especially during the preteen and teenage years. There are many different forms of acne (read about that here) and may appear on the skin with different severity for differing lengths of time. Scarring is a common concern for those who suffer from this.

Not only will laser treatment improve post-acne redness but it also helps subdue the inflammation. The laser energy is absorbed by the hemoglobin in the dilated microvasculature which plays a significant role in allowing the skin to return back to normal. 

 

Tattoo Removal

Laser Tattoo Removal

At one time, tattoos were thought to be permanent choices but with a growing number of people rethinking that ink, removal of those choices is an option. Decorative tattoos have a history that dates back to ancient times but sometimes a person will reconsider their choice for personal reasons.

Every tattoo is different and the response to removal may vary. The laser targets the ink particles and breaks them into small fragments that your body can then absorb. It is not an overnight solution as the tattoo ink is deposited deep into your skin but using a laser for tattoo removal can significantly lighten or completely remove the ink the most effectively compared to other options available.

 

The Spectra™ laser emits energetic short pulses in nanoseconds of high energy and peak power. The Spectra™ laser from Lutronic is a dual mode Q-switched Nd:yag laser designed for treatment versatility. The advanced technology that has gone into this laser offers the power needed to assist in the treatment of skin care without damage to surrounding tissue. Lutronic is committed to improving the science behind laser treatments for optimization for each individual patient.

Laser Skin Care and Medspa continue to look for ways to help improve our services to you in the treatment of your skin care needs and are currently looking into acquiring a Spectra™ laser. Do not hesitate to contact us to book your appointment to learn more. Our consultations are free and will give you the opportunity to learn more about us while we assess your skin care concerns.

 

**Research and information gathered from 
http://www.international.lutronic.com/spectra
https://www.aad.org/public/diseases/color-problems/melasma
https://laserskincaremedspa.ca