An interesting study published in the Clinical and Experimental Dermatology medical journal surveyed a group of 100 patients who suffered from facial, chest and back acne to determine the extent to which their acne interfered with their life. The survey, How much disability is caused by acne?, examined this by hypothetically offering patients either £500 (about $780CA—a considerable amount of money in 1989, the time of the study) or proper acne treatment, finding that almost 90% of the group would rather be free of their skin condition than receive the money.
The results of this study will come as no surprise to those of us who suffer from persistent acne that negatively affects our face, back or chest. Luckily, Edelstein Cosmetic offers a range of treatment options that are able to reduce and eliminate breakouts so you can be happier with your appearance.
How you can get rid of acne
Acne treatment is a nonsurgical method of eliminating acne and future breakouts without medication. Choose from customized medical skincare products, intense pulsed light technology and skin peels.
We understand that acne is a troubling concern that cannot be effectively treated with a cookie-cutter approach. Since the underlying causes for developing acne varies from person to person, a large part of successfully treating the condition involves tailoring treatments to the physiology of each unique patient.
What would it mean for you to have a similar transformation?
Skin Tx medical skincare
The Skin Tx treatment system is made up of products designed to include powerful cleansing and healing ingredients. Formulated with hydroquinone, retinol, alphahydroxy acids, vitamin C (L-Ascorbic Acid USP) and more, SkinTx products work to clean deep into your skin, removing environmental impurities and stopping acne at its root. Despite the strength of these ingredients, patients with sensitive skin can still take advantage of its exceptional results. SkinTx is formulated to penetrate deep into the skin, nourishing it by implementing antioxidants and other beneficial ingredients. This means that, aside from treating your acne, it also leaves your skin fresh, healthy and radiant, no matter how sensitive it may be.
Edelstein Cosmetic’s medical aesthetician will work with you to assess your condition and create the best possible SkinTx treatment plan for your needs. In weeks, you’ll be able to enjoy clearer and healthier skin with continued improvement further into the future.
Biophora brings pharmaceutical-grade ingredients like vitamin C, peptides and alpha and beta hydroxy acids together with restorative natural ingredients such as green tea extract in order to destroy acne and strengthen your skin against future breakouts. Biophora’s acne treatment products work to remove excessive skin oils, minimize enlarged pores and treat persistent acne, leaving your skin vibrant, smoother and clearer.
Both SkinTx and Biophora provide topical treatment systems that give you the confidence that comes with clearer, beautiful skin. The Korean Society for Acne Research study, A Nationwide Study of Acne Treatment Patterns in Korea: Analysis of Patient Preconceived Notions and Dermatologist Suggestion for Treatment, looked at just how effective these type of topical treatments are, finding that the combination of ingredients used in the systems described above demonstrates “excellent efficacy and [patient] satisfaction in clinical trials involving more than 16,000 patients.”
Intense pulsed light (IPL) treatment for acne
Advances in cosmetic medical science have led to the development of highly sophisticated technology, able to effectively treat your acne without causing severe discomfort or lengthy periods of recovery. Intense pulsed light IPL treatment works to eradicate acne with precisely directed energy guided toward the bacteria and overly active sebaceous oil glands that cause acne. The light energy destroys acne at its source and reduces the chance of further breakouts by controlling oil production and eliminating harmful bacteria.
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Edelstein Cosmetic’s expert medical aesthetician provides you with IPL acne treatments that quickly and effectively reduce the appearance of acne, letting you enjoy the clear skin you want. The study, Light therapy in the treatment of acne vulgaris, by Dr. M. Elman and Dr. J. Lebzelter, sought to prove the power of IPL therapy as a commendable form of acne treatment and found that “the overwhelming majority of patients demonstrated a significant quantitative reduction” in acne while also discovering that IPL “offers faster resolution and fewer side effects” than antibiotic treatments.
Cleansing and acne eradicating skin peels
Chemical skin peels offer another outstanding treatment option. Peels penetrate deep into the skin to exfoliate and clean out clogged or enlarged pores. In our experience, chemical peels are highly effective in treating acne, particularly in patients of Asian descent.
Dermatologic Survey proved the efficiency of chemical peels in the 2008 study, Comparison of alpha- and beta-hydroxy acid chemical peels in the treatment of mild to moderately severe facial acne vulgaris. It monitored the results experienced by a sample group of patients. After treating these patients with chemical peels, the researchers reported that the “peels were significantly effective” and provided “sustained” results.
BHA or salicylic acid
Salicylic acid is a beta-hydroxy acid (BHA) with a phenolic ring within its chemical structure. Commonly known as BHA, it is extremely effective in treating acne due to its ability to penetrate and dissolve the intercellular components responsible for maintaining a blemish’s structure. The salicylic peel also has anti-inflammatory properties that help reduce facial redness and lighten areas that have darkened due to acne related inflammation.
AHA or glycolic acid
Glycolic acid is an alpha-hydroxy acid (AHA) and a popular superficial peeling agent that exfoliates the skin while also correcting the root causes of acne. It used to be believed that AHA was less effective in treating acne-related inflammation than salicylic acid, but this has recently been disproven in medical studies. A glycolic facial peel is able to dramatically reduce acne inflammation by inhibiting and destroying harmful bacteria.
RSL Or Modified Jessner’s peel
A Jessner’s peel consists of a combination of therapeutic ingredients: lactic acid, salicylic acid and resorcinol. The strength of the peel can be customized in order to provide patients with a deep, effective peel suitable to address their acne.
If acne is not properly treated it can lead to serious issues like permanent scarring. If the area of the skin to be treated is affected by sunburn, cut/broken skin, any form of infection or disease, active Herpes (simplex 1) sores or skin conditions such as eczema, dermatitis, rosacea or psoriasis, acne peels may not be safely used and a safer alternative may be presented.
Patients are not eligible for treatment if they have taken Accutane within the previous six months. Candidates for skin peels must also avoid the use of Retina-A, Renova, prescription skin care drugs, any products containing ascorbic (or any other variety of) acid and bleaching/skin-lightening agents in the 48 hours prior to chemical peel treatment.
A note on Accutane medication
Due to the expertise of our medical aesthetician, a regimen normally consisting only of topical solutions and/or customized skincare product system is effective in treating patients with acne. Results are generally highly satisfying.
However, if such treatments are insufficient in achieving the improvement you desire, medication may be prescribed by Dr. Edelstein. This includes receiving a prescription for Accutane. Prior to prescription, Dr. Edelstein will meet with you and your medical aesthetician to ensure it is the safest and most suitable course of treatment.
Does Accutane work? For suitable patients, it absolutely does, but we like to begin with topical treatments first, which are often associated with fewer side effects.
Acne sufferers may also help their improvement through the use of sunscreen and mineral make-up.
Radiant, clear skin is only a phone call away. Contact Edelstein Cosmetic acne treatment clinic at (416) 256-5614 to book an in-depth free medical consultation with our head medical aesthetician under the supervision of Dr. Edelstein. Your consultation will include an assessment of your acne, an examination of your medical history and, if any, current medical condition(s), as well as a discussion of your expectations. Speaking with you at length enables us to design a customized solution that is more successful and safer to achieve the results you seek. We’ll be able to choose an acne treatment that works for you.
Acne is the most common of all skin conditions and is the leading cause for patients to seek treatment globally. Despite being universal, the problem affects some people differently than others. Studies into acne development and treatment have examined how the condition manifests in Asian patients in an effort to provide this demographic with the best possible skin therapy options. Research results have shown that, when compared alongside one another, Asian and other patients present different forms of acne and must be treated accordingly.
Asian acne patients are less prone to developing nodulocystic blemishes (a condition characterized by inflamed cysts), but are more likely to experience post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation symptoms such as inflamed skin or long-term, pathological acne. Acne scarring is common in chronic sufferers belonging to the 25 to 44 age group. Visible skin damage typically develops in correlation with acne severity, duration and the length of time an individual is affected before seeking treatment. Some 95% of patients will develop minor acne scarring while 22% will experience severe scarring. The type of scars measured in studies includes rolling and boxcar scars alongside the more severe ice pick scars associated with tissue loss.
How common is acne in Asian patients?
Considering that a recent study found that 49% of a South Asian-American sample group has visited a skin care medical professional for acne treatment, it shouldn’t be surprising that so many doctors are concerned with finding the best treatment methods for Asian acne sufferers. Data from 74,589 Chinese, Indian and Malaysian patients attending a Singapore clinic for skin treatment found that an acne diagnosis was the second most common disorder recorded by administering physicians, affecting 10.9% of the adult patients. Acne was also found to be the eighth most common diagnosis (3.1%) given to paediatric visitors.
The first study ever intended to document the characteristics of acne in Asians aged 15-25 was conducted in Hong Kong in 2002. In a randomized sample group of 522 patients, acne was self-reported by 91.3% of people. 52.2% were diagnosed with active acne during the interview. The study found that Asian patients between 15 and 20 demonstrated more prevalent acne (55.8%) while those between 21 and 25 were less likely to present the condition (43.5%). Acne scarring and acne-related hyperpigmentation had developed in 52.6% of the group and was more common in female (57%) than male patients (48%).
In the Philippines, the majority of the population falls between III and V on the Fitzpatrick Scale (III represents white/olive skin tone while V refers to a dark brown pigmentation). A 2002 survey that recorded results provided by 114 Filipino dermatologists found that 44% of the physicians were assisting more than 50% of acne patients each day at their practices. The high rate of acne diagnoses reported by these dermatologists correlates with the fact that between 2004 and 2007 the number one skin-related diagnosis provided to a group of 32,313 new patients at the Research Institute for Topical Medicine was acne.
In general, we have found that chemical peels are the most effective form of acne treatment for Asian patients. Studies have found that a peel formulated with glycolic acid (between 35-70% concentration) is able to reduce both non-inflammatory and inflammatory blemishes.
Acne and the pH level of your skin
When your skin is at a good pH level, your skin is able to better defend itself against the bacteria, impurities and pollutants that it is constantly exposed. Also known as the acid mantle, this is essentially a layer that protects against outside invaders. Generally, the pH balance of skin ranges anywhere from 4 to 6.5, with 5.5 being the happy medium. At this level, the acid mantle is slightly acidic, which is ideal. Things that determine the pH balance of your skin include fatty acids, free amino acids and lactic acids. If you’ve got a serious case of acne, your skin may be too alkaline (the opposite of acidic).
Your skin’s pH balance and your diet
Your diet plays a great role in determining your internal and external pH levels, although the pH of food is not the same as the food’s acid or alkaline formation in the body. For example, animal products, which are alkaline before digestion, raise acidity levels in the body after consumption.
A healthy diet to optimize the pH level of your skin includes the following foods:
leafy green vegetables
In addition to acne, other skin conditions that result from an overly acidic or alkaline pH level are rosacea, eczema and dermatitis.
Generally, cleansers such as detergent soaps and bars are too alkaline for the skin and can cause dryness and irritation. To maintain a healthy acid mantle, you should use mild cleansers and toners that are slightly acidic but not overly so. Overly harsh ingredients can weaken your skin’s natural defenses, making it more prone to bacterial infection. That’s why it’s important to first have a professional evaluation performed by our master medical aesthetician to determine which products are good for your skin.
In general, you can maintain a good acid mantle by using products that contain topical antioxidants such as vitamins A, C and E. These antioxidants can fortify the cells and protect them from environmental stresses and oxidation.