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We offer multiple treatments for acne sufferers, at our clinic in Surrey. That said, we treat patients from around the Lower Mainland and Fraser Valley, including Vancouver, Delta, Langley, White Rock, Burnaby, Richmond, New Westminster, Abbotsford and beyond.
However, it is possible to treat acne in Surrey, and to keep it at bay to a reasonable degree. If you have acne, not taking treatments measures can worsen your condition over time. So, it is highly advisable to do what you can to prevent breakouts.
If your child has acne, addressing it early is also an important family decision. This condition can be linked to off-shoot effects, such as serious depression, low self-esteem, social relationship strains and other psychological issues.
If you would like to know more about our medical cosmetic solutions to acne, such as with lasers, professional facials or advanced skincare products, we encourage you to book an appointment at our Surrey clinic. Our on-staff physician will be able to assess your skin, and give you recommendations, as well as options for your specific condition (remember – not all acne cases are the same).
For acne patients, we’ve noticed that effective treatment usually includes a series, or combination of treatments over time (sometimes indefinitely). That said, we’ve had great results with our past acne clients, when they stuck with our program. So, there is probably hope for you too!
The first step is booking a consultation, which we encourage you to do here.
What types of acne solutions do you offer at your skin care clinic?
Solving the outbreak of pimples for a condition like acne often requires multiple types of treatments. This is because there are many types of acne, and different people respond differently to treatments. The location of acne on the body, the age of the person, and their health history can also play a part in the solutions we’ll recommend for this skin problem.
It all starts, with a personalized consultation at our clinic. During this consultation, you’ll meet with a licensed physician (though, this is not covered by MSP). You’ll also undergo a UV photography scan using the VISIA® Complexion Analysis system. In addition to measuring your skin’s aging factors, it also identifies large pores, and regions containing porphyrins bacteria (the precursors to acne). We’ll be able to see under your visible layer of skin, so we can really hone in on acne treatments, and see how severe, or promising, your condition is.
The other thing we’ll look out for are your acne scars, if any. These often go hand-in-hand with acne treatments.
Thereafter, possible solutions to solve acne include:
- High-concentration skin care products, such as the SkinMedica® line, or prescriptions
- Chemical Peels
- HydraFacial™ (including a popular, non-invasive acne treatment with blue light therapy, as an option to your treatment package)
- Laser therapy for active acne
Important to note:
Before booking an appointment at our Surrey cosmetic skin care clinic, please know that although you’ll be seeing a licensed medical practitioner during your consultation, our service is not covered by insurance, nor MSP in B.C.
Our acne treatment services are geared towards those who have already tried an over-the-counter approach, or are looking for a non-prescription solution to their acne.
Am I eligible for medical facials or laser acne treatments in Surrey?
Certain stages of acne are more likely to respond to certain treatments than others. The best way to find out if your acne is eligible for any of our treatment modalities, is to come in for an in-person consultation.
We will start with a UV photography scan, to determine underlying skin factors that could be indicative of how severe your acne is. A licensed physician may assess your skin for the intention of using cosmetic treatments, which are not covered by MSP.
A major reason for the success of any acne treatment, whether at our clinic, or another route, is that it must be handled in a consistent, systematic way. A lot of this happens with you, at home, and for the long-term, indefinitely.
Please be mindful that for the potential of results, you will need to:
- Follow medication directions diligently
- Show up to scheduled facial appointments
- Protect your skin from sun and UV exposure
- Wash your face, hands, and belongings adequately
- Resist the temptation to pop your pimples, incorrectly
- Keep your face clear of hands
Unfortunately, there is no ‘overnight fix’ to acne.
What other options exist for acne treatments out there?
Treating acne outside our Surrey clinic can involve over-the-counter products (such as those containing resorcinol, tea tree oil, salicylic acid, benzoyl peroxide, sulfur, etc.). Of course, that goes in combination with good acne prevention habits and routines, noted above.
Medically, the options for treating severe acne can be undesirable. This is because some of them can involve medications with serious potential side-effects, or surgical procedures which are considered a ‘last resort’ by some doctors.
- Retin A (tretinoin, a prescription form of Vitamin A), or other strong retinoids including: adapalene (Differin) and tazarotene (Tazorac). Note that vitamin A derivatives, like retinol, can be found in varying degrees in some high-end skincare products, and may not require a prescription.
- Highly concentrated benzoyl peroxide products (more than you can buy over-the-counter).
- Antibiotics (including erythromycin and clindamycin, which are only for inflamed acne). Excessive use of antibiotics can cause your body to become immune to their effects. These can be oral or topical.
- Birth control pills (i.e. oral contraception, by prescription). These can be effective for some, but, like most acne solutions, they are a ‘use it or lose’ it solution. Those who have hormonal reactions to them may need to look for another solution.
- Isotretinoin, historically known by the brand name, Accutane (it now has generic versions on the market, sold under other names). This ‘last resort’ drug for cystic acne has the potential for many side effects that may not be worth the risk for you. These include depression, birth defects, inflammatory bowel disease or dangerous effects on the liver and cholesterol levels. You will need to be monitored while on this drug, and should only take it for up to 6 months at a time.
- Cortisone injections and drainage of existing cystic lesions or nodules. This is not ideal unless the acne is bad enough to warrant the use of these procedures. It is mostly done to prevent the instance of scarring, if the cyst were to rupture. Cortisone is also a one-at-a-time solution, which can make it impractical.
- Spironolactone (Aldactone). This blocks androgen receptors and is used on women. It can affect the menstrual cycle and have other side effects.
- Various other drugs for treating acne, which also have side effects.
What are the risks of treating acne with lasers, chemical peels or other solutions at your clinic?
Compared to the risks of treating acne with medical prescriptions, the risks of what we offer at our clinic are almost nil. At most, you may be a little red from a microdermabrasion, HydraFacial or a mild laser peel. A chemical peel is meant to cause your topmost layer of skin to shed considerably, so you should expect that to happen. Good skincare products would only be an issue if you happen to be allergic to their ingredients.
That said, some of our more intense laser treatments, such as a fractional CO2 laser resurfacing session, or a Fraxel® DUAL treatment, can require some dedicated healing time. These treatments are limited to the dermis (i.e. your skin). Their potential side effects are rare, too. If they happen, they are more along the lines of fixable discolouration issues, rather than affecting organs and your body’s biological processes.
We encourage you to read more about each of our acne treatments at the links mentioned above. Explanations on possible side effects are given in their descriptions. Plus, during your initial consultation with us, we will go over more details pertaining to your treatment, and its factors for success.
What is the cost of acne treatments at your Surrey skin clinic?
Each service we offer has its own price as well as package rates, which you can read about on the pages linked to above. Sometimes, however, it will be impossible for us to let you know a price until we see you in person. This is because your exact condition won’t be like everyone else’s, and may require a customized package we’ll put together for you.
We encourage you to get started by booking your initial consultation with us. We aim to make our consultation sessions very educational and personalized. Your first appointment with us should help you understand your condition, and what can be done about it, from a professional standpoint.
Prices on this website are to be used as a guide, and not a definite cost for your treatment. Prices can change at any time.
Procedure results are not guaranteed, and can vary from patient to patient.
Our services are not covered by MSP, nor by most insurance companies. They are considered cosmetic.