Ugh, acne. Whether it’s a pimple that pops up just in time for a special event, or persistent acne that just won’t relent, when our patients come to us asking about bumps and blemishes, they’re frustrated.
So what do we tell them? Well…we can relate. Acne has affected many of us to varying degrees and we know that healthy skin can be the product of daily commitment. Our best advice comes down to good habits, and finding products and treatments that work for you to prevent or manage active acne and blemishes and minimize the possibility of scarring. The good news is, you don’t have to navigate this alone – we’re here to help.
Whether you’re prepping to get back to school, or you’re on a mission for skin-clearing after a summer spent slathered in sunscreen, these acne treatments, tips and tricks will help your healthy skin shine.
Invest in good (medical-grade) skincare.
For some people, treating acne can be as easy as changing an everyday skincare product. We recommend SkinCeuticals, because their products employ pharmaceutical-grade ingredients that are non-comedogenic (meaning they won’t congest your pores). Their formulations are safe and effective, which makes them perfect for acne sufferers.
Use your Clarisonic.
Most of our staff—especially those who struggle with acne—agree that the Clarisonic is a skincare must-have or, dare we say, a game-changer! Unlike other brushes, the Clarisonic doesn’t spin or irritate skin, and it provides eleven times the cleansing power of manual cleansing alone. In combination with your tailored SkinCeuticals skincare program, the penetration of key active skincare ingredients is improved by more than 60%. Watch day-to-day as blackheads and pore size are reduced with regular use, and your acne improves.
Change up your makeup.
Did you know that conventional makeup contains chemicals, perfumes, oils and other additives that can irritate your skin and cause unnecessary breakouts? That’s why we recommend switching to a mineral makeup like Colorescience. Not only will Colorescience not cause pesky breakouts, the products can also conceal problem skin without irritating or drawing attention. A bonus? Many of their products also provide UVA and UVB protection.
Try a customized Acne Peel.
Offered in the PS Glow Room at both our Vancouver and Richmond locations, an Acne Peel is specifically tailored to address acneic skin and reduce inflammation to reveal a clear complexion over time. With a combination of physical and chemical exfoliation (salicylic and/or lactic acid peel) as well as manual extractions, we remove dead skin cells, decongest and unclog pores. Included in this procedure is a targeted MAX+ LED light therapy protocol proven to kill p-acne bacterias, responsible for causing active blemishes and acne lesions. We recommend this treatment be performed bi-monthly during the acute acne phase and then monthly for maintenance.
Attend Project Skin’s Acne Clinic.
If you’re still feeling overwhelmed with options, and you don’t know where to start, Project Skin MD offers an Acne and Rosacea Clinic every other Thursday. Dr. Danya Sereda—a double-board certified Dermatologist with a special interest in acne—sees patients on an MSP basis and works with them one-on-one to develop customized plans for optimal skin health and freedom from acne. A referral from your family physician is required to secure an appointment.
If you’re struggling with acne, don’t suffer alone. Project Skin MD is fully equipped to help treat your skin from the inside out.