Acne is a skin condition that occurs when your hair follicles become blocked by accumulations of oil and dead skin cells. It can cause whiteheads, blackheads or pimples, and most often appears on the face, forehead, chest, upper back and shoulders. Acne is very common amongst teenagers, but it does affect people of all ages.
Many effective treatments are available, but acne can be stubborn. If you suffer from acne, you may feel that these pimples and bumps are healing slowly, and that as soon as you get rid of them, others begin to form.
Severe acne can cause emotional distress for many people. It can also lead to scarring. The earlier you start treatment, the lower your risk of such problems, but what matters is that you do seek treatment at any time of life.
We are proud to offer this service at both our downtown Toronto and North York locations and are happy to service customers from the Mississauga area.
Causes of Acne
Four main factors cause acne:
- Excess oil production
- Hair follicles plugged by oil and dead skin cells
- Excess hormonal activity (androgens)
What Are Comedones ?
A comedo, or basic acne lesion, is a hair follicle that has become plugged with oil and dead skin cells.
What Are Blackheads?
Blackheads are comedones that are open at the skin’s surface. They are also filled with excess oil and dead skin cells.
What Are Whiteheads?
Comedones that stay closed up at the surface of the skin are referred to as whiteheads. The built-up oil and skin cells then prevent a hair follicle from opening.
What Are Papules?
Papules are comedones that have become inflamed. They create small red or pink bumps on the skin. Having a significant number of papules may indicate moderate to severe acne.
What Are Pustules?
Pustules are really just another kind of inflamed pimple. Resembling a whitehead, with a red ring around it, the bump is typically filled with white or yellow pus.
Effective acne treatments reduce oil production, speed up skin cell turnover, fight bacterial infection or reduce inflammation — all of which help to prevent scarring. Progress can feel a bit slow. Most acne treatments take four to eight weeks before results show and your skin may get worse temporarily before it gets better.
These therapies may be suggested in select cases, either alone or in combination with laser treatments.
- Lasers and intense pulse light therapies
- Chemical peels
- Steroid injections
How Does 2D Laser Acne Therapy Work?
2D Laser Acne procedure utilizes non-invasive Nd:Yag laser technology to treat moderate to severe acne. The laser emits a wavelength that penetrates the skin and is concentrated within the overactive sebaceous (oil) glands. The result is a noticeable reduction in acne breakouts. The second laser treatment has proved effective for shrinking pores, clearing up inflamed acne lesions, and fading those chronic red blemishes and red acne scars. After this painless treatment, you’ll be back at your regular activities immediately—no downtime needed.
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