Chronic acne, while commonly associated with puberty, is a lasting condition for many people. Researchers estimate that 85% of young people (those between the ages of 14 and 24) have at least one breakout per month. 20% of adults under the age of 44 struggle with the same problem.
For some individuals, acne can come on unexpectedly later in life. Hormonal changes during the 30s and 40s, for example, can cause blemishes to erupt on once clear skin. Likewise, hormone therapy and changes in birth control can sometimes trigger acne.
Given the widespread prevalence of acne, the medical field has devoted few resources to discover why some people get acne and others don’t. The emotional toll acne takes is disregarded by many clinicians because acne is considered a purely cosmetic problem, rather than a medically dangerous one. Fortunately, in recent years, cosmetic medicine has stepped in to rectify this situation. Significant advances have been made by cosmetic surgeons and dermatologists committed to providing relief to acne sufferers.
Acne Treatments at the Grace Clinic
Here at the Grace Clinic in Ontario, we offer safe, effective acne treatments. Our acne treatments are designed to limit breakouts, help existing lesions heal, and reduce secondary symptoms like redness, swelling, and scarring. To get an idea of the different skincare services we provide, review the list below:
Clenziderm is an innovative three-step acne solution from Obagi, makers of the popular ZO Skin Health system. Unlike Obagi chemical peels, the Clenziderm acne treatment can be administered at home; however, it’s only available from certified cosmetic surgeons like Dr. Grace and Dr. Tutino.
The Clenziderm system includes three different skincare products that are intended for daily use: A cleanser containing 2% salicylic acid, a pore therapy serum containing 2% salicylic acid, and therapeutic lotion containing 5% benzoyl peroxide. Salicylic acid prevents breakouts by dissolving excess oil, dirt, and dead skin cells so that they cannot clog the pores. When the pores are clear and free to breathe, the bacteria that causes acne is deprived of the conditions it needs to thrive. (Most types of bacteria need a dark environment to grow and organic material like dead skin cells to feed on.) The therapeutic lotion included in the Clenziderm package packs an additional acne fighting punch by killing acne-causing bacteria.
The BHA 20 Peel
The BHA 20 peel is a salicylic acid-based chemical peel from Alumier MD. For patients with chronic acne that is resistant to topical treatments, the BHA 20 peel is the acne treatment we most recommend. Because it contains a higher percentage of BHA than take-home products, it’s able to penetrate deeply into the epidermis, reaching excess oil, debris, and dead skin cells that have become embedded into the base of hair follicles. When paired with topical treatments, the BHA 20 peel can be highly effective for treating persistent, severe acne.
As a bonus, the peeling action induced by the BHA 20 acne treatment helps to reduce scarring, redness, and pigmentation problems. Like all chemical peels, the BHA 20 peel encourages the uppermost layer of the epidermis to flake off. As it does, damaged skin cells and the deposits of fibrous collagen that makeup scars are removed, revealing a smoother, healthier looking layer of skin.
Some patients with acne have extremely sensitive skin that does not respond well to conventional treatments. For these patients, we recommend Silkpeel Dermalfusion, a type of microdermabrasion. During treatment, the skin is exfoliated, cleansing pores of the debris and oil that contributes to chronic acne. Once this step is complete, Dr. Grace and Dr. Tutino administer a special nourishing serum, knowing that freshly exfoliated skin is much better able to absorb topical treatments than skin that is clogged with debris. This serum is optimized to clarify oily, blemish-prone skin, making it more resistant to breakouts.
Note that, unlike chemical treatments, microdermabrasion is safe for use by pregnant women and nursing mothers. If pregnancy hormones have caused your skin to break out, you may elect to have this procedure. Microdermabrasion can also be used to treat the skin hyperpigmentation that sometimes accompanies pregnancy.
Book an Acne Treatment Consultation
To learn more about these acne treatments and other skin care services offered at the Grace Clinic, contact us to book a consultation. The Grace Clinic is conveniently located in the heart of the Greater Toronto Area and serves patients throughout Ontario.