The causes of acne

Acne is a common skin condition that occurs when hair follicles become plugged up with dead skin cells and oil. It can result in pimples, blackheads or whiteheads, which often appear on the face, chest, shoulders and upper back. Acne forms on these sections of the body because the skin in these areas have the most sebaceous (oil) glands. Hair is connected to oil glands and when the follicle wall bulges or plugs up, whiteheads and blackheads develop.

Blackheads can look like dirt that is stuck in the pores, but the color results from the pore being congested with bacteria and oil, turning brown when it is exposed to the air. While blackheads are clogged pores that stay open, whiteheads are clogged pores that close up. Pimples are red dots (occasionally with a white center) that develop when a blocked hair follicle becomes infected or inflamed with bacteria.

The risk factors

Contrary to popular opinion, oily foods do not cause acne. Instead, age, hormonal shifts, family history, stress, friction or pressure on the skin and family history can increase your chances of developing pimples, blackheads and whiteheads. People of all ages can get acne, but it is more common among teenagers due to changes in hormones.

Adults who use certain medications containing lithium, corticosteriods or androgens may increase the risk of this cosmetic concern. If both of your parents have oily skin, you are likely to have it as well. Stress and friction do not necessarily cause pimples to form, but they may make it worse. And while french fries and other greasy foods do not cause this problem, oily lotions & creams can impact clear skin.

Treatments in NW Calgary

At Fresh Laser Skin Studio in NW Calgary, we provide several treatments that will help to control acne and oily skin. Consultations are recommended to determine a treatment plan that is right for you. Depending on the severity of your skin condition, will help determine the appropriate treatment or combination of treatments:

Treatments for mild acne condition may include:

Chemical peels
Chemical Peels

Acne peels combine AHAs (glycolic acid) and BHAs (salicylic acid) at varying strengths. These peels are great for controlling mild to moderate acne and oils.*
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Effective, non-invasive, cleaning and skin rejuvenation treatment safe for all skin types. Diminishes oily, congested, acne-prone skin and helps to eliminate white and backheads (may require ThermoClear Pro RF treatment).
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Treatments for mild to moderate acne condition may include:

Laser Genesis
Acne Genesis Facial

A non-invasive combination skin rejuvenation treatment that is comfortable and safe for all skin types. Breaks up oil and dirt, kills p.acnes bacteria to decrease existing acne, diminishes redness and increases cell turnover to help improve your skin tone and texture.
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ThermoClear RF
ThermoClear Pro RF

A precise manual technique that always produces great results.* This is an add on treatment that we use to treat milia, oil bumps and congested pores. Treatments may be necessary to help the skin heal and decongest.
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Laser Photo Facial
Laser Photo Facial

A non-invasive superficial laser treatment that helps to control acne, diminish redness and improve skin texture. Not suitable for all skin types.
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Treatments for moderate to severe acne condition may include:


Fractional RF Microneedle technology, providing the most effective dermal skin remodeling to revive and rejuvenate the natural production of new collagen and elastin.* Excellent for acne and cystic acne control and scarring.*
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Venus Viva Revive
Venus Viva ReVive

The latest advanced NanoFractional Radio Frequency Technology that safely resurfaces your skin while promoting collagen and elastin production to improve skin tone, texture, scarring and acne.*
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We also provide medical grade skin care products, to help control oily and acne prone skin.

Book a consultation at Fresh Laser Skin Studio

Acne and oily skin can be very frustrating to deal with. If you’ve tried home treatments that failed to solve the problem, it’s time for a more effective solution. Book a consultation at Fresh Laser Skin Studio in NW Calgary to reduce your acne and get clearer skin. To get started, fill out schedule online or give us a call at (403) 264-4494. Get fresh; your skin will thank you!

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* Individual results may vary; not a guarantee.


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