Acne and blemishes can occur at any age after puberty, and just when you think you’re all grown up adult acne sets in.
Regardless of the severity of your acne, we have great options with great clinical outcomes. Whether we combine treatments and skincare or skincare alone to treat acne we can reverse the damage and return your skin to healthy, oil-controlled smooth skin.
Dr. Hatfield often uses combination therapy when treating acne. Often two or more different treatments are needed to effectively deal with the underlying issues.
As acne treatments have become more effective, virtually all acne can be prevented or treated effectively.
At Ethemba Health and Image, we can treat acne in a variety of ways. We have an excellent medical-grade skincare line with products specifically targeted to treat acne. We also use Tru Blu Acne therapy light, an effective, non-drug therapy for acne. It is safe, easy, and versatile because it can be added to your current acne treatment regimen to achieve excellent results. Treatments are quick and you are able to return to work or school immediately. This procedure is non-invasive and pain-free, with full-face and neck treatments taking approximately 15 minutes. The Tru Blu acne light works with all skin types (I-VI) and it is just fine if you have a suntan! Blue light photodynamic therapy acts by killing acne-causing bacteria. Our patients simply sit comfortably in a chair while the light is applied to the affected area; they can even listen to music while being treated.
Frequently Asked Questions About Acne
Typically, treatment sessions are approximately 15 minutes long twice a week for up to 10 weeks. It is important to keep the treatment appointments recommended. By following the treatment plan, you’ll see maximum results and enjoy clearer skin. For optimum results, a maintenance treatment session once a month is recommended after completion of the initial series.
The Tru Blu treatment is very safe. The blue-violet light penetrates just deep enough into the tissue to reach the acne target. It only affects the P. acnes bacteria, not the normal tissue. Even though there is no evidence of complications, we will not perform this treatment if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.
The face should be cleansed with soap and water and free of any oil. Ladies need to be make-up free during the treatment. Make-up may be re-applied immediately after the treatment. We will provide a skin preparation pad to further cleanse oils from the skin. We may recommend a skin exfoliation product to further enhance the photodynamic therapy.
Light pulses are delivered through the skin’s surface, targeting an organic compound generated by the Propionibacterium acnes (p. acne) bacteria called porphyrin. These porphyrins are photosensitive and when targeted by light, generate singlet oxygen, which kills the p. acne bacteria that cause inflammation.
Treatment times will vary depending on the size of the treatment area, though a full face will frequently take about 20 minutes.
Our doctor frequently starts with eight treatments, two per week for 4 weeks, and once per week thereafter. More treatments may be needed for those with more severe acne. Dr. Hatfield is an approved Acne Clinics of Canada Physician and therefore follows their protocol.
My daughters have seen Dr. Hatfield for acne scars and my husband for hair loss and our whole family has benefited from Dr. Hatfields professionalism, expertise and quite frankly realistic treatments for us individually. He does not recommend extreme treatments and altering your appearance drastically, but subtle changes that improve how you look and feel. Thank you Dr. Hatfield!
The cost for acne treatment will depend on several factors. The number of sessions will influence the final price, as will the severity of the cosmetic issues being addressed.
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Please contact us today if you have any questions about acne treatment in Edmonton & Regina or would like to schedule a consultation at Ethemba Health and Image. We will build the ideal treatment plan for you in order to help you achieve smoother, more radiant skin.