Philosophy of Beauty is an aesthetic beauty clinic that specializes in the treatment of all types of acne. In the Greater Toronto area, if you want to reduce the appearance of acne breakouts and acne scars, our experienced complexion guides can help you stop the cycle of breakouts and protect your skin from future blemishes or scarring.
We invite you to schedule a complimentary consultation with one of our medical experts to find out how we can help you get clearer, acne-free skin today.
What Is Acne?
Acne is the most common skin condition, affecting an estimated 80% of teenagers and young adults aged 11-30. We also see numerous clients at our GTA medspa who are over the age of 30 and still struggling with this stubborn problem.
Blemishes affect all ethnicities and skin tones. They are often the result of the overproduction of sebum, an oil naturally created by the body to moisturize and protect the skin. Excessive sebum, in combination with dirt and dead skin cells, can cause blocked pores. Blocked pores become infected and inflamed, thereby producing red, raised pustules on the face, known as acne.
While it is most common for teenagers to suffer from severe acne due to hormonal fluctuations during puberty, adults can continue to deal with this problem well into their 30s and 40s.
Different types of acne range in severity. Mild acne may include whiteheads and blackheads, as well as pustules. Cystic and nodular acne are more severe manifestations, causing small, painful lumps under the skin which can leave red marks and scars. Although acne usually appears on the face, it can also appear on the back, neck, shoulders, chest, and buttocks.
All types of acne, on any area of the body, can qualify for laser acne treatment. Although the most common trigger for acne is hormonal, other causes include:
- topical irritants
Laser Acne Treatment is an effective, comfortable way to reduce your acne. We apply gentle laser light to the skin; face, back, chest, or other areas, to clear away acne pustules without the application of harsh creams or medications. The specialized lasers treat acne by heating the sebaceous, (oil) glands, causing them to shrink in size, and this reduces oil production.
We use Fotona and V Beam Prima lasers for acne treatment.
V Beam Prima works in 3 ways to treat active breakouts. Its yellow laser light kills the P. Acnes bacteria which causes infection and swelling. The laser light directs gentle heat into the affected skin, stimulating collagen to boost the healing process and shrinking oil-producing glands. The V Beam system also helps to prevent future acne breakouts by modifying the immune response to acne bacteria.
Fotona laser therapy can semi – permanently diminish acne on the face and body through direct sebaceous gland treatment. The precisely controlled Nd:YAG light penetrates past the skin surface to target hyperactive sebaceous glands, which shrinks swelling and reduce s new acne development.
Our protocol involves 3 steps:
HydraFacial – to cleanse pores and gently exfoliate surface skin. Read more about HydraFacial
ZO home care – to control sebum levels and maintain results at home. Read more about ZO Obagi skin care.
And laser – to kill acne bacteria, treat redness and hyperpigmentation.
Most people who suffer from acne are candidates for laser acne treatments and the other medical skincare services and products we offer.
People who have been prescribed photosensitive drugs such as Accutane will be advised to wait six months before obtaining laser acne treatments. This is because Accutane has been known to promote scarring and interfere with laser treatments, thereby preventing the patient from experiencing optimal results.
The severity of your acne symptoms will guide your practitioner to recommend a treatment package specific to you. Ongoing maintenance treatments are usually recommended to minimize acne flare-ups and maintain your clear, smooth complexion. Most of our clients have seen a substantial reduction in breakouts after just one session!
Most of our patients describe the sensation as rubber band snaps, but they are not severe enough to be painful.
We use a unique cooling system to spray the treatment area s before and after the laser pulses. This soothes the area and reduces discomfort. Your skin will be kept at an ideal temperature for maximum benefits and a minimum of passes. Treating acne blemishes in one pass is a quick process and generally comfortable.
You can expect your entire treatment session to be done in just 15-30 minutes.
You may experience temporary, mild swelling, minor irritation, and redness which feel s like a mild sunburn. There are no activity restrictions after, and we’ll let you know which products and make-up with help soothe and support your clearer skin.
During a consultation, we will review considerations with you and discuss the suitability of Laser Acne Treatment for your unique skin type.
When you meet with one of our skincare specialists, they will develop a personalized treatment plan for you. Depending on severity and type, treatment plans will vary.
General Acne treatment requires an appropriate daily skincare routine along with, systematic HydraFacial MD treatments, and laser therapy. Our clinic specializes in customized, individualized plans to not only treat but prevent acne, diminish scarring, and help encourage balanced, even-toned skin that lasts.
Numerous gentle peels, laser light therapy, scar treatments, and medical-grade skin products can help you to balance, clarify, and hydrate your acne-prone skin.
We often recommend the HydraFacial MD and ZO HydraFacial MD which lessens oil production responsible for clogged-up pores. Dr. ZO Obagi has also created a superb line of skin care products that cleanse, soothe, refine, and nurture an acne-free complexion.
Laser acne scar treatment helps to reduce pigmented scars and undented, textural irregularities caused by reoccurring pimples and scab formation. If you have lasting effects of acne visible on your skin, we can help to smooth, lighten and erase them for good.