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Understanding Your Acne Treatment Options


Acne is one of the most common skin concerns, affecting patients of all ages. It is caused when hair follicles become clogged by oil and dead skin, encouraging the growth of bacteria.

Factors that can lead to acne formation include:

  • Poor diet
  • Poor hygiene
  • Stress
  • Hereditary
  • Hormonal changes

At our Kelowna skin clinic, we focus our acne treatment on understanding your unique hormonal balance, lifestyle and medical history.

Depending on the severity of your acne as well as your specific aesthetic goals, we offer various customized skin treatments such as chemical peels and microdermabrasion for long-lasting, effective results.

Chemical Peels vs Microdermabrasion: Which Acne Treatment Is Right For You?

Both microdermabrasion and chemical peels are effective acne treatment solutions and act as exfoliation, removing dead skin cells and excess oil that can clog pores and produce pimples, whiteheads and blackheads.

The first step to successful acne treatment is to schedule an appointment with your skin care specialist to determine whether chemical peels or microdermabrasion is the best option for you.  

Acne Treatment 1: Kelowna Chemical Peels

One of the most effective acne treatments is a chemical peel, in which a chemical solution is applied to the face to remove scarred skin cells, allowing healthy cells to grow in their place.

Chemical peels work in 3 ways to help improve acne:

  • Exfoliate the skin surface
  • Reduce inflammation
  • Decrease counts of the bacteria which cause the acne

Depending on the severity of your acne, a light, medium or deep chemical peel may be used in combination with topical treatments and a skin care regime to optimise the improvement of your skin.

How long does a chemical peel take?

Depending on the treatment area and the intensity of the peel, one session can last up to 45 minutes


How many treatments will I require?

The number of chemical peels required will vary from patient to patient. Typically, most acne treatments require at least 3-6 sessions of the most dramatic improvements.

Is a chemical peel painful?

During the procedure, you may experience some slight stinging but your skin care professional will do whatever they can to ensure you remain as comfortable as possible throughout the treatment.


What are the side-effects of a chemical peel?

Temporary skin redness and peeling are the most common side effects of a chemical peel acne treatment. However, these will settle quickly, leaving you with healthy, beautiful skin.

Our team of professional skin care specialists can create a customized chemical peel treatment based upon your acne and skin type to improve your complexion and texture and provide long-lasting, dramatic results.

Acne Treatment 2: Kelowna Microdermabrasion

Microdermabrasion acne treatments are an effective option for improving skin texture, blackheads, whiteheads and hyperpigmentation.

This minimally invasive cosmetic treatment can be used to treat the face and body and provides an excellent alternative or addition to chemical peels in the treatment of mild, non-inflammatory acne.

Microdermabrasion treats acne by:

  • Reducing active acne and inflammatory cysts
  • Improving skin texture
  • Improving the appearance of acne scars

Diamond microdermabrasion works by removing the outermost layer of dry, dead cells to reveal younger, healthier-looking skin.


How long does microdermabrasion take?

The microdermabrasion treatment time will vary according to the size and location of the treatment area. Typically, one session can last between 15-30 minutes.


How many treatments will I require?

The number of sessions required depend on your skin type and severity of your condition. Most patients require 4-10 sessions for the most dramatic results.


Is microdermabrasion painful?

Microdermabrasion is a minimally invasive procedure and most patients tolerate it extremely well.


What are the side-effects of microdermabrasion?

Following your session, your skin may appear slightly red and swollen.


This should subside within 1-2 days but it is recommended that you stay out of the sun and maintain a proper skin-care regime.

At our Kelowna skin care clinic, we use advanced diamond microdermabrasion for the safest, most effective results. Unlike traditional crystals, this technology allows for a more customized acne treatment plan and is less harmful to your skin.

Learn More

To find out whether chemical peels or microdermabrasion is the right acne treatment for you, contact our Kelowna skin clinic at (250)-868-9290.

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