There are many types of acne and acne treatments. The most common type of acne is acne vulgaris. Just beneath the surface of the skin lie hundreds of tiny glands called sebaceous glands. Their function is to collect and excrete the oily substance called sebum to keep the skin healthy. The tiny pathway for the sebum to escape often becomes clogged, and a bacterium called propionibacterium acne or p. acne grows inside. In a short time, the area swells and forms a pimple on the skin.

Acne problems

What Afterglow can do for your acne

Your acne will be evaluated by Dr Shehla Ebrahim, who will then recommend an individualized regime involving a treatment or combination of treatments.

There are a variety of treatments for controlling moderate acne, including creams, washes and medications. If your moderate case of acne is not responding to medications, or other conventional treatments, options for treatment include:

Located in West Vancouver, Afterglow’s sister practice, The Acne Clinic is thrilled to announce the latest technology in its state-of-the-art skincare catalogue. The LumiCleanse™ system is designed to target the fundamental issues that typically lead to acne vulgaris and stimulate collagen production in traumatized skin. A topical photo-converter gel is applied to the affected area and activated with a non-thermal multi-LED light. Non-invasive and quick, the system can work from deep within the epidermis up to the surface, promoting healing safely and painlessly.

THE Acne Clinic is proud to be the first to offer this treatment in Western Canada. Non-abrasive, non-thermal, and gentle, LumiCleanse™ is completed within 15-minute cycles, including preparation, and requires twice a week applications for six consecutive weeks. Other benefits include no downtime, no antibiotics, and no Accutane. Ultimately, LumiCleanse™ offers patients a comfortable, powerful, and effective treatment system for acne.

Blue Light Therapy for Acne

  • Blue light therapy is a non-invasive therapy during which patients are exposed to a light source (high-intensity, narrow band blue-light) in order to treat mild to moderate acne.
  • Blue-light does not contain ultraviolet light.
  • Blue light therapy is extremely safe and affects problematic areas only.
  • Blue light therapy is a natural treatment choice as well as a painless one.

Photodynamic Therapy (PDT) for Acne

PDT is a non-invasive treatment combining light and a special light-activated solution. The procedure involves applying the light activated solution to the area to be treated. The solution causes the skin to become more receptive to the light therapy.

A specific wavelength light is used to activate the solution. Targeted cells are destroyed as well as acne activity.

Patients will experience:

  • Increased smoothness and textural improvement
  • Pore minimization
  • Reduction in size and activity of sebaceous glands (reduces skin oiliness)
  • Reduction of bacteria in the hair follicles

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Silk Peel™ Microdermabrasion

Afterglow's Microdermabrasion with Silk Peel™ Infusion is a non-invasive technique that works on the top layer of the skin (the epidermis). The procedure exfoliates the skin by essentially removing dead skin cells, clearing clogged pores of oil and dirt, and killing bacteria.

The technology is painless and safe, and does not require a topical anaesthetic. It is suitable for all skin types and colors. Afterglow's state-of-the-art equipment is a technological advancement that is not abrasive and works well on sensitive or problematic skin. It does not use messy and harsh crystals or other particulates.

  • The technology is gentle enough for all skin types, including sensitive, rosacea and acneic skin.
  • The procedure delivers an even exfoliation.
  • The moisturizing function, specific to this technology, boosts hydration levels and leaves the skin soft and supple.

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Vitalize Peel

The Vitalize Peel is a unique blend of retinoic acid, alpha-hydroxy acids, resorcinol and other active cosmeceutical ingredients, creating one of the safest, strongest medical peels for treating acne. Extensive peeling begins within 48 hours and begins the process of skin rejuvenation. The Vitalize Peel can be repeated at three-week intervals for maximum benefits and is recommended as a great way to jump-start a healthy skin care routine.

Skincare Regime

A skin care regime will be recommended by the physician (most likely as part of a comprehensive skincare protocol) combination with other treatments.


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