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Acne Treatment

*At Philosophy of Beauty, we are 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 and acne scars, look no further than Philosophy of Beauty. We invite you to schedule a complimentary consultation with one of our medical experts to find out how we can help you get clear, 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. It affects all ethnicities and skin tones. It is 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 be frustrated by this problem well into their 30’s and 40’s. There are different types of acne that 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 the hormonal, other causes include; medications, menopause, genetics and topical irritants.*

*When you meet with one of our skin care 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 skin care routine along with (insert hyperlink ZO Skin care line), Systematic Hydrafacial MD treatments (insert hyperlink to hydrafacial), and laser therapy.*
*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 genetics and lifestyle of each patient. View full disclaimer.*

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Laser Treatment For Acne

*Laser Acne Treatment is an effective and comfortable way to treat acne. By applying gentle laser light to the skin, the face, back, chest or other areas can be cleared of 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 signals them to produce less oil.*

Frequently Asked Questions

1Who is a good candidate for Laser Acne Treatment?
*Most people who suffer from acne are candidates for laser acne treatments and the other medical skin care 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 the full benefits of the treatment.*
2What are the side effects of Laser Acne Treatment?
*Common side effects include slight swelling, minor irritation and redness which feel similar to a mild sunburn. During a consultation, patients will review considerations and discuss the suitability of Laser Acne Treatment for them and their unique skin type.*
3How many Laser Acne Treatments are needed?
*Severity of 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.*
4What are Acne scars?
*Due to the fact that acne is the most common skin disease, acne scars are an extremely common occurrence. The most common types of scars caused by acne include:*
Ice pick scars – These types of scars are deep, but narrow pits on the surface of the skin and are extremely common among those who have had acne.
Boxcar scars – Boxcar scars are round or oval depressions on the skin, which have sharp angles or steep vertical sides. They are wider than ice pick scars in size and give the skin a pitted appearance.
Rolling scars – Rolling scars tend to be wide and shallow and are caused by damage under the surface of the skin. This type of scarring usually causes ‘wave-like’ undulations across the skin, hence the name.
Macular acne scar – A flat scar, with increased or decreased pigmentation.
5Laser Acne scar removal
*Acne scarring can take an emotional toll on those who have successfully healed from their acne outbreaks but still see the aftermath in the form of textural and pigmentation changes on their faces. Laser treatments are a fast and effective way to deal with the scars and hyperpigmentation left behind by acne. The laser works to reverse acne scarring by using high- energy pulses of light to remove the damaged top layer of skin and tighten the middle layer, leaving skin smoother. As the laser smooths the skin, the appearance of scars, uneven skin tone and hyperpigmentation is minimized.*
*For treating acne scars, the Fotona SP Dynamis laser is utilised. The wavelength of the Fotona laser is ideal for scar revision as it safely and effectively provides the minimal penetration depth required for light resurfacing of acne- scarred skin, helping to improve skin texture and tone. Unlike methods used for chemical peels and dermabrasion, Fotona laser skin resurfacing allows the penetration depth and targeted cells to be precisely controlled. The laser gently vaporizes only micron-thin layers of the acne-scarred tissue and reveals healthy, undamaged skin below.*
6Who is a good candidate for Laser Acne Scar Removal?
*Patients who no longer have active acne are generally good candidates for laser scar treatment. It is recommended that those who have used Accutane should wait for 12 months before scheduling laser acne scar removal. There is some evidence to suggest that Accutane may alter the fibroblast activity which helps our skin to heal well.*
7What are the side effects of Laser Acne Scar removal?
*Common concerns during recovery from Laser Acne Scar treatment are generally mild and self-resolving. They can include: swelling, itching, lighter looking skin, (new skin which has been less exposed to sun light) pink or red skin areas.*
8How many Laser Acne Scar treatments are needed?
*Patients usually require between 4 to 8 treatment sessions to see optimal results and full scar removal. Each individual client will be assessed and a customized treatment plan created during their initial consultation with one of our medical experts. Conveniently located in Vaughan, we proudly service clients in the Thornhill and Toronto areas, helping them to look and feel beautiful. Schedule a complimentary consultation with one of our practitioners today to discuss if Laser acne treatment or scar removal is right for you.*

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