What is Acne?
Acne is one of the most common skin conditions out there, occurring due to hormonal changes, stress, and hair follicles under the skin becoming clogged. Oil from your skin, which keeps it from drying out, and dead skin cells plug the pores, leading to pimples or zits.
What Treatments are Available for Acne?
Why Choose Skin Matters for Acne?
With a combined experience of 55+ years in medical aesthetics, the Skin Matters team of doctors and medical professionals make sure to provide you with effective, rejuvenated results in a relaxing spa setting. We will cater your acne and acne scar treatment to your individual needs and enhance your natural beauty on your terms.
Vancouver’s Acne Experts
With decades of experience and talent in medical aesthetics, including acne fighting, the team of doctors, nurses, and other medical professionals at Skin Matters are second to none. Dr. Charles Cheng founded Skin Matters nearly 30 years ago with extensive experience in acne treatments, investing in the latest technologies that can provide patients with the best results. To learn more about Dr. Cheng and his colleagues, Dr. Kim Liew and Dr. Collin Yong, click here.
What Causes Acne?
- Air Pollution. A clogged, grey sky means clogged pores! When you can’t expose your skin to fresh, toxin-free air, it picks up all of the free radicals outside and brings them inside in the form of acne.
- Your Skincare Routine. If you use fragrance-heavy or oily moisturizers, cleansers, and exfoliants, you may be hurting your skin more than helping it. Try options for sensitive skin or ask for skincare advice from the Skin Matters team!
- Stress. Stress at work, school, or home increases the hormone called cortisol, which makes the skin more sensitive and reactive. High cortisol levels can equate to the glands on your skin creating more sebum (the natural oil in your skin which can cause acne in excess amounts).
- Side Effects of Medication. Many medications, such as antidepressants or birth control, can cause acne as they affect your hormones. Breakouts and skin infections could also be a side effect of your prescription, so check in with your doctor if you are experiencing this.
- Picking At Your Skin. When you scratch at your acne, you are introducing new bacteria into an already sensitive area. When you have acne, the best thing to do is avoid picking at it or popping the pimples - only touch your face when you are washing it.
- Diet. For many people, consuming large amounts of dairy or oil can cause acne, as gut health is often related to your overall health. This will usually just cause a small zit or breakout, but if you have a severe acne reaction, you may be allergic to certain foods.
- Hormones. As mentioned, when your hormones are fluctuating and changing, so is your skin. You’ll notice acne during puberty, menopause, pregnancy, and during stressful periods of your life.
Types of Acne
Fungal acne occurs when yeast builds up in your pores, causing your skin to be itchy and red.
Cystic acne shows itself as deep, pus-filled pimples that can cause scars.
Hormonal acne affects adults who have an overproduction of sebum on their skin which clogs their pores and hair follicles.
Nodular acne causes pimples to form on the surface of your skin and nodular lumps under your skin. It is the most severe form of acne and will require the deepest type of treatment.
Treatment Options for Acne?
Are acne treatments painful?
Many patients report little to no pain during and after their acne treatment at Skin Matters, whether it be a Peel or LED light therapy. You may experience some itchiness and redness, but this will clear on its own.
How long does it take to see results from an acne procedure?
This depends - you could see results in one week or in one month. The amount of time it takes to see results from your acne procedure depends on the treatment type you receive, the severity of your concerns, and any shedding or redness you may have to go through before your full results appear.
How much does an acne treatment cost?
The cost of Skin Matters acne treatments depends entirely on your chosen treatment, so it is best to book a consultation to learn more about the procedures we offer and how much they will cost.
How many acne treatments do I need?
For Betaclear, you may require 6-10 topical applications, scheduled once per week until the treatment ends for optimal results. With LED Light Therapy, you may require a treatment each week for a month, followed by maintenance treatments every few months. When it comes to Chemical Peels, it depends on the depth of the peel you receive.
How long does an acne treatment last?
The BetaClear plus LED Red Light Therapy treatment ranges from 15 - 45 minutes depending on the severity of the skin condition. Along with your acne treatment and aftercare instructions, the Skin Matters team will provide you with a detailed treatment plan to ensure you get the right amount of sessions for the severity of your acne concerns. You will also receive skincare routine product advice to ensure your treatments see the best results and are long-lasting.
Book an Acne Consultation Today
Please schedule a short consultation to find out how Skin Matters can help you find a solution for your acne. We are standing by and ready to help you look and feel your best!