How does acne form?

Acne is a condition affecting 5.6 million Canadians (nearly 20%of the population), mostly among teenagers but across all ages of population.

Acne forms when oil, dead skin cells, and environmental residues such as dirt clog the openings of hair follicles (pores). This creates an oxygen-free environment in which acne-causing bacteria (P. acne) can thrive and trigger inflammation.

Acne type and progression

Infini RF Microneedling

Energy-Based Acne Treatments

Excessive sebum production is a major contributing factor to the development and worsening of acne. By targeting the sebaceous glands, such treatments can help to regulate sebum production, which can reduce the frequency and severity of breakouts.

  • Gold PTT — Acne

  • INFINI RF Microneedling — Acne

  • Photodynamic Therapy (PDT) — Acne

Energy-Based Acne Treatments:

▸ Gold PTT — Acne

Gold PTT (Photothermal Therapy) is an laser acne treatment that targets the root cause of acne: overproduction of oil by the sebaceous glands.

During the treatment, gold nanoparticles (encapsulated in ethosomes) are applied to the skin and then targeted by a 1064nm Spectra laser. The laser heats up the nanoparticles, causing selective thermal damage to the oil glands. This damage reduces the amount of oil they produce, which in turn reduces the likelihood of future breakouts.

Additionally, the laser helps to kill acne-causing bacteria and reduce inflammation, further preventing the development of new acne.

  • Duration: 60 min
  • Price: $450/session


▸ INFINI RF Microneedling — Acne

Infini RF microneedling is an radiofrequency treatment that targets the root cause of acne: overproduction of oil by the sebaceous glands.

The Infini RF microneedling treatment works by using microneedles to bypass the outer layer of skin (epidermis) and create controlled heat injuries to the sebaceous glands located in dermis layer, with a goal of reduces their activity and sebum production. This reduction in sebum production helps to decrease the frequency and severity of breakouts.

  • Duration: 120 min
  • Price: $900/session
  • Single session of after-care (LED with soothing) included.

▸ Photodynamic Therapy (PDT) — Acne

Healite II PDT (Photodynamic Therapy) is a type of light-based acne treatment that utilizes LED light to target and destroy acne-causing bacteria.

The treatment involves applying a topical solution that contains a photosensitizing agent, which is then activated by the LED light. This causes a reaction that creates reactive oxygen species, which are toxic to the bacteria that cause acne.

In addition to killing acne causing bacteria, PDT LED also has anti-inflammatory properties that can help to reduce the redness and swelling associated with acne.

  • Duration: 60 min
  • Price: $300/session

Acne Medi-Facials

We offer a range of acne medi-facials specifically designed to cater to different skin types and concerns.

Whether you're dealing with dry skin acne, oily skin acne, or any other type of acne, our team of skincare professionals can customize a treatment plan that is tailored to your unique skin type and goals.

  • Vitamin A Infusion Facial

  • Hydrafacial Syndeo™

  • JetPeel Pro Infusion — Acne

  • Microneedling + Vitamin A Infusion Facial

Acne Medi-Facials

▸ Vitamin A Infusion Facial

The Vitamin A (retinol) Infusion Peel is a non-chemical peel that promotes natural skin cell turnover, reduces oil production, and calms acne inflammations. It is customizable and allows for the creation of a custom blend of formulation with the addition of active powders such as vitamin C, mandelic acid, and niacinamide to address specific needs and concerns

Ideal for oily, acne-prone skin types.

  • Duration: 50 min
  • Price: $270/session


▸ Hydrafacial Syndeo™ — Acne

Hydrafacial helps with acne by deep cleansing and exfoliating the skin, extracting impurities, and infusing the skin with nourishing serums that can improve acne-prone skin.

More about the Hydrafacial treatment and its price

Ideal for both dry and oily, acne-prone skin types.

▸ JetPeel™ Pro Infusion — Acne

Jetpeel can help with acne conditions by utilizing high-pressure oxygen to deeply cleanse the pores and remove impurities, which can reduce inflammation and the appearance of breakouts.

Additionally, the treatment can infuse the skin with targeted serums containing acne-fighting ingredients.

More about JetPeel™ Pro Infusion and its price

Ideal for both dry and oily, acne-prone skin types.

▸ Microneedling + Vitamin A Infusion Facial

Microneedling + Vitamin A Infusion Facial is a two-step treatment that involves microneedling followed by a Vitamin A Infusion. Microneedling creates tiny punctures in the skin, which facilitates the infusion of Vitamin A (retinol) into the skin. Retinol is known for its ability to unclog pores, regulate sebum production, and reduce acne breakouts. The combination of microneedling and Vitamin A Peel treatment produces synergistic effects that cannot be achieved with either treatment alone. Together, they can improve skin texture, reduce acne breakouts, and even out skin tone by promoting cell turnover and fading discoloration.

Ideal for oily, acne-prone skin types.

  • Duration: 90 min
  • Price: $500/session

FAQ

How soon will I see results?

The time frame for seeing results from laser or facial treatments for acne can differ depending on various factors such as skin type and severity of acne.

For some individuals, there may be noticeable improvements after a single treatment, whereas others may require several treatments before significant changes occur.

It's worth noting that acne treatments work by targeting the root causes of acne, such as excess oil production or bacteria, which can take some time to address. Therefore, results of the acne treatment are gradual and typically become more noticeable after several treatment sessions.

Additionally, following a proper skincare regimen and adopting a healthy lifestyle can also contribute to achieving the best possible results from acne treatments.

How many sessions of acne treatments do I need?

The number of sessions required for acne treatment can vary depending on various factors, such as the severity of your acne, the type of treatment you receive, and how well your skin responds to the treatment. Generally, it is recommended to have multiple sessions (at least 5) of acne treatment in a scheduled manner to achieve optimal results.

Is it a good idea to have several sessions of a single type of acne treatment, or should I combine different types?

When it comes to managing acne, you might face a dilemma of choosing between a single type of treatment or a combination of methods. Although there isn't a universal solution, there are several crucial factors to consider. The severity of your condition is one significant factor to think about. If your acne is mild, you might achieve satisfying outcomes with one type of acne treatment.

However, if it's more severe, combining various treatments may be necessary to get the best results as each treatment has its unique benefits. Additionally, your personal preferences and lifestyle play a role in selecting the right approach. For instance, if you have a hectic schedule, you might prefer a single type of treatment with minimal downtime. Conversely, if you enjoy exploring various treatments and have the time and resources to do so, combining different types of treatments could be an excellent option for you.

How can I prevent acne from forming?

Although there is no guaranteed method to prevent the development of acne, there are measures you can take to lower your chances. These include keeping your skin clean, avoiding harsh oil-based products, maintaining a healthy diet, managing stress levels, and refraining from picking or squeezing pimples.

Is my breakout caused by acne or folliculitis (inflammed hair follicle)?

Inflamed hair follicles (folliculitis) can resemble acne and have various causes. This condition, known as folliculitis, can occur anywhere there is hair, except on the palms, soles, and lips. Contributing factors may include sweat, bacteria, yeast, dry skin, and activities like shaving with a soiled or old razor or spending time in a hot tub. Although folliculitis may resolve on its own, preventive measures like exfoliating with a chemical exfoliant can be helpful. Treatment options include avoiding squeezing the spots, using antibacterial cleansers, and undergoing laser hair removal to permanently reduce hair density and prevent inflammation.

Is there any downtime?

Gold PTT: no downtime.

Infini RF microneedling: Temporary redness, swelling, and mild discomfort may occur, but these typically subside within a few hours to a day. Peeling and dryness may also occur, but they usually resolve on their own within a few days to a week.

Photodynamic Therapy (PDT): mild redness up to several days after the procedure.

Vitamin A Infusion Peel: the skin may appear red and feel tight, and it may start to peel and flake off for a few days following the treatment.

Hydrafacial Syndeo™: no downtime.

JetPeel™ Pro Infusion: no downtime.

Microneedling + Vitamin A Infusion Peel: Mild redness and tightness may occur, and the skin may begin to peel and flake off for a few days following the treatment.

Is it painful?

Invasive treatments like Infini RF and microneedling may cause some discomfort, but most people find it tolerable. A topical numbing cream is applied before the procedure to minimize any discomfort.

Gold PTT, PDT, and Vitamin A Infusion Peel: minimal to mild discomfort during procedure.

Hydrafacial and JetPeel Infusion: painless.

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