Acne in adolescents and adults can have debilitating effects on your self-esteem. At Luminesce, we attack acne from all angles with the goal of achieving great results.
Acne and acne scarring
Acne is a skin condition caused by the inflammation of hair follicles when they get clogged up by dead skin cells and oil. This can cause blackheads (open comedo), whiteheads (closed comedo) and pimples. More severe kinds of acne produce pustules, cysts and nodules. The impulse to pick at pimples and pustules is strong, but it eventually leads to scarring. Acne scarring makes the skin look “pitted”, like the peel of an orange. Unless treated, these scars can remain over a lifetime.
Acne and self-esteem
Acne is one of the main causes of low self-esteem in adolescents and adults that suffer from it. The condition is difficult to control without a proper treatment plan, which may include topical creams, oral antibiotics, and laser treatment. Acne can cause people to become withdrawn and depressed, to avoid social contact and activities, and to develop chronic issues around their appearance.
At Luminesce, we approach acne with kindness and understanding. Charmaine herself suffered from acne in adolescence and knows first-hand how it can make you feel.
Acne treatment at Luminesce
At Luminesce, we approach acne from several angles at once to achieve effective results. There is no quick-and-easy fix, but you will work closely with Charmaine to prepare a treatment plan that works for you and your lifestyle.
Step 1 is a consultation with us to determine the type and severity of your acne. This is when you can discuss lifestyle and environmental triggers, your expectations, and your previous treatment methods.
Step 2 is building a treatment plan that’s personalized to your needs and condition. Every person is different, and so is the method to treat acne. Your treatment plan may include but not limited to, a combination approach of medicated skin care and an appropriate clinical treatment. Clinical therapy can include laser, Hydrafacial Md with blue light therapy, or clinical peels. This acne management approach is ideal for those who don't want to or can't take antibiotics, Accutane or birth control pills. Lifestyle and environmental changes will also be discussed and treatment may include a referral to a naturopathic doctor.
Step 3 is implementing your complete treatment plan. There is no cure for acne or a silver bullet that is without risks for your health. Managing acne is about maintaining a careful lifestyle and a following a well-thought-out, expertly guided skin care regime. Laser treatment for acne can offer excellent results—sometimes even in one treatment! It is our most popular skin treatment, and when you see how laser can help improve the appearance of your skin, you will understand why people love it. While the number of treatments varies for each individual, generally 3-6 sessions are recommended.
How does laser help with acne?
Laser and other light therapies fight acne in two ways.
The first way laser fights acne is by working with the biology of acne-causing bacteria. Inside the bacteria, there are compounds called "porphyrins”. The laser works by stimulating the compounds called porphyrins, causing them to break the bacteria cell walls, killing the bacteria.
The second way laser works is by temporarily reducing or stopping the production of sebum (skin oil). Since acne requires sebum to appear, less or no skin oil will prevent acne from appearing in the first place.
Although laser doesn’t cure acne, it can help support your fight against the condition by slowing down or killing the bacteria that causes it. Laser therapy combined with topical treatment and simple lifestyle changes can improve your skin’s appearance—and your self-esteem.
Micro Needling (CIT collagen induction therapy)
Micro needling is an innovative, safe way to help minimize the appearance of fine lines and scarring and give skin a beautiful fresh glow. With minimal downtime and natural-looking results, micro needling is ideal for anyone looking for an alternative to all-over skin resurfacing using lasers or rollers. Our micro needing includes specialty epidermal growth factor (EGF) serum, peptide and stem cell cooling sheet mask and Celluma LED light therapy to reduce redness and increase collagen and elastin production.