Accutane is a very powerful chemotherapy drug used off label for acne with dangerous side effects that can last long after you have stopped taking the drug. It dries you out from the inside and can leave you with permanently dry, sensitive skin. Additional side effects include possible birth defects, depression, psychosis, Crohn’s disease, internal organ damage, muscle and bone loss, central nervous system damage and immune system disorders – to name a few. Often, acne returns after stopping Accutane and multiple rounds are required. If you are considering going on Accutane, please consult an acne specialist and consider your options first!
Will antibiotics clear my acne?
Unfortunately, it’s a growing trend for doctors to prescribe antibiotics or Accutane to patients without providing alterative options or addressing the root causes of acne. Antibiotics tend to work for a time on some inflamed acne, but only deals with the bacteria associated with acne, not the main issue of excess skin cells. Therefore, once you stop taking the antibiotic, your acne will come right back. It is also not safe to take antibiotics long-term.
There is global concern that antibiotic resistance rates in common bacterial pathogens may threaten our future ability to control bacterial infections, practices which promote the spread of antibiotic-resistant bacteria must be fully justified.
Why do I need professional products for my acne?
Many acne products you find at the drugstore that claim to be good for acne actually contain pore-clogging ingredients or simply stop working (if they help at all). MBK Clinical Skin Solution products are specifically formulated for acneic skin and are guaranteed not to clog pores. The products contain pharmaceutical grade ingredients that clear current acne and prevent pores from filling up again.
Are doctors on staff?
I do not have any physicians on staff. I am a Certified Medical Esthetics Practitioner with advanced acne training.
How am I different from doctors?
I have more time to spend with you than a busy doctor. I can listen to all of your skin care concerns. I keep updated with the latest research about acne. I have the best and most effective acne products that do not require a prescription. I am compassionate and emphathetic and also have had acne, so I know what you are going through. I give you honest and straightforward answers to all of your skin care questions; and if I do not know the answer, I will do research. I keep in close contact with you throughout your process of getting clear; making sure that your home care is working properly and your skin is responding. I am hands-on with you in working with your skin, your skin type, your acne type and always do extractions in your treatment appointments.
Am I going to have to use these products forever?
You will need to use products to control your acne until you outgrow acne; and no one knows when that is. Many people do outgrow acne, but we are unable to predict when, so you may have to use them for a while to manage your acne, but not forever.
Is there an age requirement?
NO, Acne is genetic! I have clients from as young as 12 to as old as 65 all struggling with different types of acne. Teenagers are often not complient with the acne program, so its important for parents to be on board and be supportive thru their clear skin journey. Acne does not discriminate – neither do I!
How long does it take to get clear skin?
Denpending on the nature and severity of your acne, it can take anywhere betwen four to eight months to have clear skin. If you follow my acne program with bi-weekly appointments, prescribed home care, avoid the common acne triggers like dairy, peanuts, iodine etc, your clear skin journey will be shorter.
I'm on prescription products for my acne. Can I still get acne treatments?
It is required for my acne clients to stop all prescription acne products, they make your skin far too sensitive when using my acne products and receiving intense acne treatments. I am not a doctor, so its important to consult with your physician prior to stopping the use of any medications. However, since these acne medications are not "life saving" medications the decision IS YOURS.
Why do Extractions and do they hurt?
There is a slight discomfort during the extraction process of the treatment, I do my best to minimize the pain. As your skin gets clearer by following the diet plan, prescribed home care and treatment plan, there will be less extractions to do. Remember it takes up to 90 days for acne to form and come to the surface, during the first three months that I'm working with you, you will experience some breakouts. These are just old acne lesions coming to the surface that will be extracted every two weeks.
Do you have anything for large pores?
No. Unfortunately, pore size is determined by genetics and how much sebum is being produced by the oil glands that stretch out the pores on the surface of the skin. My product recommendations can sometimes improve the appearance of big pores by absorbing some of the surface oil but it's simply physiologically impossible to shrink them and make them go away. This is a case where acceptance is really the only cure :)
Can you fix Acne Scars?
True acne scars are textural changes in the skin (commonly known as 'pock-marks') caused by collagen and tissue damage. A series of Microneedling treatments is great for acne scars. Post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation (dark marks leftover from acne or picking) are often mistaken for acne scars and these can usually be greatly improved through my products and treatments.
ProActiv and Celebrities?
ProActiv is a popular skin care line that has been praised by the mass market, however, the products are so strong that they usually cause dryness, redness, itching and an initial “purging” breakout. After time your skin will adjust to this harsh treatment and will stop responding, causing a plateau type effect. It is important to continue to challenge your skin to get clear by adjusting the products and treatments while not causing dryness, redness or itching. ProActiv usually helps people get clear for a short period of time, but the results are never long term. We are here to get you clear, permanently. Celebrities get a paycheque for endorsements, and most don't have acne.
Why an Acne Specialist is different than a Dermatologist?
Dermatologists are doctors who typically prescribe a “one size fits all” approach of oral antibiotics, topical prescription creams such as Retin-A (which contains pore clogging inactive ingredients), Benzyl Peroxide and topical antibiotics. This approach to acne, more often than not, ends up disappointing the client and the doctor will then prescribe a new and different bout of medications and then another until nothing is working. This is where Accutane (isotretinoin) comes in as a powerful, aggressive last ditch effort. Sadly, these prescriptions do not cure acne and they likely cause health damaging side effects such as constipation, diarrhea, liver damage, depression and many more.
Why do certain acne products work for some people but not for me?
There are many forms of acne, and many contributors, influence and triggers. Each person’s acne is individual to their specific circumstances, hormones and influences. That is why a customized plan is the only way to assure getting you clear. As a matter of fact, using the wrong products can actually make breakouts worse.
Does my diet affect my acne?
Absolutely! Acne is an inherited condition but can be greatly affected by your diet. We will discuss your diet, products you are using at home and any lifestyle and outside influences that may be contributing to your acne. Many times there are vitamins and minerals that we will suggest to reduce oil production and calm inflammation.
Why do I have acne during my pregnancy?
Every pregnancy is different. The primary cause of acne during pregnancy is the increased levels of hormone during the first and second trimesters. This increase of hormones called androgens can cause the glands in your skin to grow and produce more sebum, an oily, waxy substance. If you are acne free during your first 3 months of pregnancy, you have a good chance you will be acne free for the remainder of your pregnancy.
What about home care acne solutions?
Your medical esthetician can provide the best guidance on caring for your skin between treatments. Generally, this will involve keeping your skin clean and avoiding picking at your blemishes—the single biggest cause of scarring. It’s very important you follow instructions given to you by your medical esthetician. Untreated or undertreated acne can lead to continuing, worsening outbreaks and scarring. Your medical esthetician will be in close contact with you to be sure your products are working effectively for you. As your treatment progresses, your medical esthetician may change your home care routine to fit your changing skin’s needs.
What should I expect from my acne treatment?
You should expect regularly scheduled treatments. Your treatment program may begin with an acne facial. This may include deep cleansing and extractions (clearing blocked pores), special exfoliation that will not increase inflammation or spread bacteria, a balancing/calming mask, anti-bacterial and balancing products, or some combination of these. The goal is to deeply cleanse follicles and disinfect them, clearing away oil, bacteria, and dead skin cells.
Your medical esthetician may also recommend a series of chemical peels. Once the active acne is cleared, microneedling will assist in minimizing the appearance of scarring and diminishing residual darkening of the skin (hyperpigmentation).
Visiting your medical esthetician for acne solutions
Be ready to fill out a medical questionnaire and describe what medications and skin care products you are using. You are also welcome and encouraged to bring in their current skin care products, hair care products and make up to see if they might be causing problems for their skin. Your medical esthetician will do an analysis of your skin, look for any interactions between products and medications, and devise a treatment plan that is suitable for your unique needs. Keep in mind that tangible results require a commitment on your behalf to follow a prescribed home care and professional treatment program. This often involves a series of professional treatments. It takes time to balance the skin and treat acne. Though results may not happen overnight, you are on the path to reclaiming your beautiful, clear skin!
Who can benefit from acne treatment?
Anyone who has acne can benefit from treatment. Acne sufferers often state their quality of life and self-esteem improves dramatically once their acne is alleviated. If you are seeking a certified medical esthetician’s care, chances are you’ve already tried over-the-counter preparations with disappointing results.
Depending on the grade of your acne, your medical esthetician will go over the treatment options that would be the most successful for you. If you have Grade 4 acne, your medical esthetician may refer you to a dermatologist who can treat it medically. Once your acne is under control and improving, your medical esthetician can suggest treatments that will assist you in accelerating the healing process, relieving pigmentation which often accompanies acne.
How often will I need to come for treatments?
In the beginning, I recommend every two weeks to keep progress moving forward. This also gives me a chance to see your skin in person to determine the next move in our home care strategy. This usually lasts for the first 3 months then monthly after that as needed for maintenance.
Why can’t I just use my current skin care products?
A lot of the time the skin care products you are currently using are making your condition worse. If you have a product that you absolutely love AND there are no pore cloggers in it (we have to check and make sure) then you are welcome to continue using it, but only after it has been cleared for use by us. I promise, once you see our products in action you won’t miss your old products.
What causes acne? How can skin care treatments help?
Acne is the most common skin disorder, and 85 percent of all North Americans will experience it some time in their lifetime. While commonly thought to be an adolescent problem, it can appear at any age, most often on the face, back, and chest.
The causes of acne are complex, but usually involve the overproduction of oil, the blockage of follicles that release the oil, and the growth of bacteria in those follicles. This can be triggered by many things, including a change in medications or a change in hormone levels caused by stress or other factors. It’s important to treat acne early to avoid scarring.
There are 4 grades of acne. Grade 1 is the mildest form, with open and closed comedones (whiteheads and blackheads). Grades 2 and 3 include papules and pustules as well. Grade 4 is the most advanced form, with all the above plus the appearance of cysts or nodules beneath the skin surface, that can be dime size or larger and often require medical attention to treat. Acne is not only painful but can be very emotionally and psychologically challenging as well.
Why do I have acne?
Acne is a condition inherited from your parents. It is an issue of the skin cells that line the pore shedding to quickly for the body to get rid of them. As the skin cells build up deep in the pore mixing with oil they form a plug that turns into a pimple over time. Sometimes it’s just a black or whitehead (non-inflamed). Sometimes, it’s a pustule or cyst (inflamed). Other times it could be both. Either way, it is genetically determined whether your pores will function properly. If you are one of the unlucky ones whose pores don’t behave consider yourself lucky you found us. We can get you clear!
What is an acne treatment?
I begin with thoroughly cleansing your skin, exfoliating with enzymes and fruit acids, extractions will be performed, and I will restore vital nutrients back into your skin to treat inflammation and calm the skin. During your treatments I monitor the progress your skin is making and adjust your treatment and home care as necessary to keep challenging the skin so that it never gets immune to products. Similar to an exercise routine, you always have to keep changing it up so you do not plateau, the same thing happens with your skin so we continue to make adjustments to promote clearing.