© 2020 Dr. Arko Demianczuk, Pacific Plastic Surgery Vancouver. All right reserved. Website Marketing & Design by Digital Limelight Media.

Comprehensive Acne Treatment: A Physician’s Guide to Clear Skin


Acne, a common skin condition affecting millions worldwide, can be more than just a physical concern. It frequently carries emotional and psychological implications, affecting individuals’ self-esteem and confidence. At Pacific Plastic Surgery Group, our goal is to provide a physician-approved guide to understanding and treating acne, along with tips for comprehensive skin care.

What is Acne?

Acne occurs when hair follicles become clogged with oil and dead skin cells, leading to whiteheads, blackheads, and pimples. It’s most common among teenagers but can affect people of all ages. Acne is especially prevalent on the face, and upper back. Acne can become ‘cystic’, which means it forms painful cysts under the skin, which can lead to permanent scarring.

What causes Acne?

The four main factors leading to acne formation include hormonal changes, diet, stress, and genetics. Certain medications and cosmetics can also contribute to breakouts. A multi-disciplinary approach to acne management is critical for successful management of this common skin condition.

How do I prevent Acne?

At Pacific Plastic Surgery Group, we approach acne management in a multi-disciplinary approach. Our 4-step plan includes:

  • Skin Care: A gentle, non-abrasive cleansing routine is crucial. At Pacific Plastic Surgery Group, we provide medical grade skin care which forms the base of your acne treatment plan. Our Complexion Clearing Kit includes an Exfoliating Cleanser, Exfoliating Polish, Complexion Renewal Pads, and a Complexion Clearing Masque.
  • Diet, Nutrition: While no specific diet eliminates acne, a balanced diet rich in fruits, vegetables, and lean proteins can promote healthier skin. Limiting dairy and high-glycemic-index foods may also help. Clients will receive counselling on dietary changes to optimize their skin rejuvenation.
  • Stress Management: Stress doesn’t cause acne but can exacerbate it. Techniques like yoga, meditation, and regular exercise can reduce stress levels.
  • Laser therapy: Laser therapy has emerged as a promising option for acne management, particularly for those who have not responded well to traditional treatments.

How Laser Therapy Works for Acne

  1. Targeting Bacteria and Sebum Production: Certain types of lasers target the P. acnes bacteria, which contribute to acne. Others focus on reducing sebum (oil) production in the skin, which is a key factor in acne development.
  2. Promoting Skin Healing: Laser therapy can also promote collagen production, aiding in the healing of acne scars.

Benefits of Laser Therapy for Acne

  1. Effectiveness in Resistant Cases: Can be effective for acne that hasn’t responded to other treatments.
  2. Reduced Side Effects: Compared to long-term antibiotic use, laser therapy will have fewer systemic side effects.
  3. Improvement in Skin Texture: Can enhance overall skin appearance by reducing acne scars.

Potential Side Effects of Laser Therapy for Acne

  • Temporary Redness and Swelling: Common after treatment, usually subsiding within a few hours to days.
  • Pain During Treatment: Some patients may experience discomfort during the procedure. Topical ointment applied just prior to treatment can reduce patient discomfort.
  • Risk of Skin Damage: In rare cases, laser treatment can cause changes in skin pigmentation, particularly in darker skin tones. Individuals with darkly pigmented skin may not be candidates for laser therapy for acne.

What if I’m not a candidate for laser therapy?

Morpheus8 is a cutting-edge technology that combines microneedling with radiofrequency (RF) energy, and has shown significant results in acne treatment. The RF energy reduce the size of sebaceous glands, leading to decreased oil production. Excess oil is a major contributor to acne formation, so this reduction can significantly improve acne symptoms.

Also, Morpheus8 effectively treats acne scars. The stimulation of collagen and elastin helps in smoothing out the skin surface, reducing the appearance of pitted acne scars. Morpheus8 has several advantages:

  1. Minimally Invasive: Unlike some aggressive treatments, Morpheus8 is less invasive, with minimal downtime.
  2. Safe for All Skin Types: Its technology is safe for all skin types, reducing the risk of hyperpigmentation.
  3. Improves Skin Texture: Aside from treating active acne, it enhances overall skin texture and tone.
  4. Long-Lasting Results: Results from Morpheus8 can be long-lasting, especially with proper skincare post-treatment.

Consultation with a Physician

Consultation with our Physician with a special interest and training in Dermatology is essential to determine which treatment protocol is optimal in your specific case. Frequently, prescription medications may be required to provide the optimum results. At Pacific Plastic Surgery Group, our Physician with a special interest and training in Dermatology might prescribe retinoids, antibiotics, or hormonal treatments like birth control pills.

Managing acne involves a combination of therapies: good skincare products, medically directed treatments, and lifestyle adjustments. Each skin type is unique, so what works for one person might not work for another. Contact Pacific Plastic Surgery Group to consult with our Physician with a special interest and training in Dermatology to find an effective treatment plan.