Acne is one of the most commonly experienced skin conditions among people. Even after the blemishes have diminished, many people are left with side effects like scarring and discolouration. While uneven skin texture and pigmentation changes may lessen with time, many people are unhappy with the long-lasting changes caused by acne that may ultimately distract from their appearance.
At Afterglow Physician Directed Medical Aesthetics, Dr. Shehla Ebrahim and Dr. Christopher Pavlou work closely with patients to determine the best course of treatment for their unique needs. Since this particular skin condition is such a widespread problem, our team can see patients here at Afterglow or at The Acne Clinic, where we offer many advanced options devoted to the treatment of acne and its effects.
We encourage anyone suffering from acne concerns to request a referral from their family Doctor to see Dr. Ebrahim and learn about the many treatment options available to help them achieve the beautiful, glowing skin they desire.
What Afterglow Can Do for Your Acne
Your acne will be evaluated by Dr. Shehla Ebrahim, who will then recommend an individualized regimen 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 may include:
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, is extremely safe and affects problematic areas only, and 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.
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 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.
A skin care regimen will be recommended by the physician (most likely as part of a comprehensive skincare protocol) in combination with other treatments.
What Afterglow Can Do for Your Acne Scars
Laser Skin Resurfacing
A laser skin peel can significantly minimize the appearance of scars by stimulating the regeneration of your cells for a smoother skin texture and healthier-looking complexion.
The ProFractional™ laser resurfacing technology can improve the effects of acne scarring as well as discolouration by stimulating collagen production and healing the damaged cells caused by acne.
IPL (Intense Pulsed Light)
IPL is a non-invasive treatment method that exfoliates the damaged skin tissue and stimulates collagen growth, typically resulting in improved texture and a more even skin tone.
In addition to their anti-aging benefits, dermal fillers can be used to treat the appearance of acne scars when they are administered into trouble areas. This option can ultimately provide a smoother skin surface.
A proper skincare regimen can combine the most beneficial over-the-counter and prescription products to improve the discolouration caused by acne marks.