Acne Treatment

Acne Treatment in Victoria, B.C.

Acne is a condition that often requires a multi-faceted approach to get under control. Incorporating a healthy diet and staying hydrated are as important as medical grade supportive skin care products, periodic chemical peels and a diligent skincare routine. Exfoliating facials and chemical peels can also be used in conjunction with laser acne treatment to prevent future breakouts, reduce the severity of the break outs and to calm the inflammation. The chemical peels work to loosen and separate the dead skin cells from the surface. The laser heats the skin to expel the excess sebum from the pores, and destroys the bacteria within the skin.

Treat your acne, fade out your acne scarring and restore your skin to a smoother, brighter, healthier complexion.

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What is Acne?

Acne is a skin condition that presents with blackheads, whiteheads, pimples and cysts. Acne results when pores become clogged or congested with excessive oil or sebum production, dead skin cells, makeup and environmental pollutants. Acne bacteria, called Cutibacterium acnes get trapped within congested pores causing an infection. This infection presents with redness, swelling, and pustules and can be very uncomfortable. People with oily skin are more likely to develop acne as their skin is more likely to become congested. However dry skin can shed and trap sebum and bacteria within and above the pore causing acne as well.

Acne commonly appears on the face, neck, back, chest, and buttocks, can be uncomfortable and embarrassing. 

Before and After Acne Treatment

Acne Scarring and Changes to the Skin

The inflammation created by acne can change the texture and colour of the skin. Initially the skin can be red or red/purple in tone which tends to settle as the acne settles. After the inflammation settles some may develop a brown discolouration which often looks speckled or patchy and creates an uneven appearance to the skin tone. We refer to this brown hyperpigmentation as Post Inflammatory Hyperpigmentation (PIH). People who tan easily are more prone to develop PIH as they have more melanin in their skin.

Change in the texture of the skin can also create shadowing and intensify the appearance an uneven skin tone as the uneven amplifies the appearance of the red and brown colours created by the inflammatory response. Moderate to severe acne can cause hollow pits or indentations to form on the skin. The inflammation caused by the acne breaks down the collagen and converts the existing collagen into fibrous strands that pull the surface of the skin inwards creating a pitted or uneven texture.

Acne can leave scarring and changes in skin colour which can be disfiguring and upsetting. Once the acne is under control we can combine microneedling, chemical peels and laser resurfacing techniques to fade out the redness and brown pigmentation and plump up skin and reduce the scarring with new collagen formation.

Acne Treatment FAQ

What are the side effects of laser skin tag removal?

Side effects can include minimal redness and mild swelling that fades within an hour. Some may experience a burning sensation, like a sunburn that also fades quickly. Occasionally skin tags don’t respond to laser treatment and require treatment by a medical doctor.

What is the aftercare instructions for laser skin tag removal?

Keep the area clean and avoid sun. You can apply a topical aloe vera or witch hazel to soothe, reduce initial inflammation and encourage healing.

What is the aftercare instructions for laser skin tag removal?

Keep the area clean and avoid sun. You can apply a topical aloe vera or witch hazel to soothe, reduce initial inflammation and encourage healing.

What to Expect After Laser Wart Removal?

The wart has been wounded by the laser so it may be painful for a few days after laser treatment. If it’s more than you expected or seems abnormal please call us or your doctor.
If you experience any adverse reactions or severe pain within the first 24-48 hours after treatment, please call the office to schedule a follow-up appointment.

During and After Care during Laser Wart Removal Therapy

Keep the area clean and protected. Since warts are spread by skin-to-skin contact, the best way to prevent further spread is to keep it covered up in between treatments. This also reduces it’s oxygen supply which is helpful.

Please do not pick or file the affected area unless you have received the go ahead from your laser practitioner/doctor. Premature filing or picking may cause the new capillaries under the dead skin to spread, if disrupted to early.

If a callous forms on the wart please call your doctor to make a footcare appointment to have the affected area inspected and possibly reduced.

Disinfect your shoes with an antifungal spray before and after wearing them with and bring a clean pair of socks to wear after treatment.

Wash your socks inside out.

Put your shoes in the freezer for 3 days prior to treatment and after each wearing.

What risks are associated with laser wart removal treatment?

The laser heats the skin which can be painful. This is short lasting.

There is a very slight risk of infection associated with laser wart removal. Signs of infection include:
· Increased pain, swelling, redness, tenderness or heat.
· Red streaks extending from the area.
· Discharge of pus
· Fever of 38 degrees Celsius or 100 degree Fahrenheit with no other cause.

There is also a risk that new warts can develop.

See your doctor if you experience bleeding (especially bleeding that lasts more than two or more days), a fever, severe pain or bad smelling or white, or yellowish discharge as these signs may mean an infection has started.