Acne and acne scarring are some of the biggest beauty concerns that affect all of us! Some studies have shown a 200% rise in people seeking treatment for their acne breakouts and acne scarring concerns in recent years, since these problems can affect both men and women well into their 30s and 40s. Many people are frustrated with the ineffectiveness of their at-home skincare regime and products. They need something a little extra to truly rid the skin of acne or the remnants of acne scarring.
If you’re trying to deal with problematic acne outbreaks or acne scarring left over from breakouts, we have some great treatment options available at Sovereign Skin to regain the clear and luminous skin that you want. Advances in the treatment of acne have helped many a person transform their complexion, restoring beautiful skin. Read on to find out an acne treatment that may be suitable for you!
The SilkPeel Facial treatment for acne is a powerful dermal infusion treatment where you will have the best results for acne if you follow a program of 4 treatments spaced a few weeks apart. During a treatment, the skincare aesthetics technician cleans your face and then begins to gently resurface the skin with the SilkPeel technology.
The hand-held device gently exfoliates and sloughs away dead skin from the surface, while simultaneously infusing the skin with a clarifying serum specially formulated to target acne-prone skin. The diamond-tipped applicator is slowly moved across the surface of the skin to help slough the outer layer of the skin from damaged and dry cells. Next the handpiece uses vacuum pressure to gently suck up the debris and dirt from the surface of the skin, replacing it with the clarifying acne treatment serum. The entire SilkPeel facial will take only about 20 to 30 minutes, which is great for anyone’s busy lifestyle.
Afterwards, the skin can appear red, but it will also have a freshly cleaned glow. There is no downtime or pain associated with the SilkPeel acne treatment, so you can head straight back into your daily routine. Following a series of SilkPeel facial treatments, an obvious difference in the quality of the skin and a reduction in the amount of acne should definitely be noticed. This treatment is not recommended for acne scarring. Rather, the best acne scarring treatments are listed further below. The SilkPeel facial is really the perfect entry-level treatment to get your acne breakouts under control! The cost is not prohibitive and is very affordable for anyone wanting to invest in clearing their skin. Don’t underestimated the power of a good facial to help treat mild acne! More information about the SilkPeel facial can be found by clicking here.
A chemical peel acne treatment can be performed and repeated at 2-week intervals to address acne and acne scars. The chemical peels provided at Sovereign Skin are Health Canada-approved, so they are safe for use. Generally, chemical peels are made up of various acids and concentrations. There can be superficial, medium, or deep chemical peels that are made up of any of the following ingredients: glycolic acid, salicylic acid, lactic acid, polyhydroxy acid, amino fruit acid, trichloracetic acid (TCA), and others.
A chemical peel is not a long treatment, and it can usually be performed in under 45 minutes. Following treatment, it is important to avoid direct sun exposure and wear an SPF. As to be expected, a chemical peel does involve the peeling of the superficial layer of the skin. Such peeling can last anywhere from 2 to 5 days post-procedure, but it should not adversely impact the daily schedule of patients undergoing the acne treatment. The end result is usually a sun-burned look for a day. However, that sun-burned look can actually diminish with each subsequent chemical peel and will not be as noticeable as the first time.
The way a chemical peel works is to penetrate the skin superficially (or even slightly deeper), working across the surface of the face to shed dead skin cells. This allows fresh, new skin cells to migrate upward and be revealed. The younger skin looks fresher and is stronger. Chemical peels can help reduce oil secretions that cause acne problems and can provide anti-inflammatory benefits – especially with acne papules and pustules. The medium to deep peels will resurface the skin to improve the look of acne scars. Peels are also generally a safer option for acne treatment with people of colour who have darker skin tones, because there are fewer risks than classically associated with laser treatments (i.e. hyperpigmentation) for people of various ethnic backgrounds. Our well-trained Sovereign Skin medical professionals can let you know if you are a suitable chemical peel candidate and can help you chose the right chemical peel for your skin. The chemical peels offered through Sovereign Skin are much stronger and more effective than any at-home brand you could purchase. If you want to learn more about the chemical peels offered at Sovereign Skin to treat both acne and acne scarring, please click here.
There is an extensive breadth of possibilities when it comes to laser treatments for both acne problems and acne scarring. At Sovereign Skin, we offer several treatment options. Beginning with acne-prone skin, our laser treatments offer a precisely controlled Nd:YAG laser to target inflammation and overactive oil glands that are often to blame for acne. This acne laser treatment is comprehensive, fast, and can treat active acne. It can also encourage the production of new collagen in the skin, which helps combat future acne problems. Within a few days post-treatment, younger and healthier-looking skin should be revealed. It will take a few treatments to tame the active acne, but the results are safe and effective, fast and convenient. Our acne laser treatment of choice is the Nd:YAG with the Fotona laser technology. By clicking here, you can learn more about the Fotona laser skin-rejuvenation advantages. Acne scarring laser treatments also come with a wide selection of offerings to help make it easy to customize an individualized treatment plan and find out which laser is the most suitable for you.
The erbium laser is also another excellent option when looking for the best laser treatments for acne scars. Acne scarring treatments with the erbium laser will usually require a series of treatments spaced several weeks apart. The erbium laser offers the controlled ablation of a very fine layer of skin, helping resurface the appearance of the scars. The erbium laser acne scar treatment is most suited for people who have mild to moderate acne scarring and fairer skin tones. Individuals with a darker skin type may run the risk of a complication and should speak to one of our Sovereign Skin medical professionals before undergoing a laser treatment. After the erbium laser treatment, people will typically take 2 to 4 days off of their regular routine to allow the skin to heal while they are at home. For a further, in-depth look at the various lasers that Sovereign Skin offers, please check out our detailed laser information page here.
For mild acne scarring, an IPL laser treatment such as AFT might be suitable. IPL laser treatments can help greatly reduce the visibility of the discoloration and pigmentation problems that acne can leave behind. IPL laser treatments are non-invasive and very tolerable. They can help restore a more cohesive, blemish-free look to the skin. It is important to remember that when treating acne or acne scars, most people will experience clearing of the skin, but it has to be combined with an excellent commitment to a skincare regime at home to prevent future breakouts. Acne treatment results can vary from person to person, so to get the best results, most people need a series of treatments, regardless of whether they choose SilkPeel facials, chemical peels, or laser treatments. Patience is also an important virtue on the journey towards clearer skin, since it takes time to see results in the reduction of acne and to see a smoother complexion. It’s also important to note that follow-up treatments may be necessary once or twice a year to maintain results.
CO2 laser treatments are a superior treatment for the toughest and deepest acne scars, whether they are atrophic or hypertrophic, icepick or V-shaped. Usually one treatment is all that is required to banish the scars. However, some more severe acne scarring cases may require a second C02 laser treatment. The CO2 laser reaches the deepest depths of any laser used on the skin’s layers and, therefore, is the most effective. The laser treatment consists of making tiny, microscopic perforations, or holes, across the surface of the skin, leaving the surrounding tissue intact to promote faster healing. The laser removes the upper layers of the skin, thus targeting the depth of some of the acne scars so that the freshly revealed skin is more evenly matched to the original scarred area. These tiny holes will heal, stimulating healthy new collagen to help smooth out what remains of the acne scars. Improvements in the visible look of the skin will be seen as soon as the skin heals within 7 to 10 days.
At Sovereign Skin, we recommend that our acne scarring patients take 4 to 7 days off of work to recover. Skincare creams will be recommended by our medical professionals to help speed along the healing process and promote healthy skin.
There are some risks involved with C02 laser, but if a proper, reputable laser clinic, such as Sovereign Skin, is chosen for your treatment, the more serious risks are significantly reduced because of the quality of care taken. Some of the risks can involve hyperpigmentation, hypopigmentation, and further scarring, all of which can be reviewed with you during your free consultation as you decide if you are a good candidate for a CO2 laser treatment or not.
At Sovereign Skin, we will work with you to develop a plan to help combat active acne and acne scarring. Contact us today to set up a free consultation to discuss treatment plans, the cost, pricing structure, and possibilities!
*Disclaimer: Similar and/or permanent results are not guaranteed based on the treatment/procedure and may vary from patient to patient, based on multiple factors, including the genetics and lifestyle of each patient.
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