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  • Confessions of A Zit Popper

    Confessions of A Zit PopperWho can resist popping a zit? Many of us do it, we just won’t admit to it. I have a magnifying mirror no less, so I can get rid of every last one of them. Those blackheads are unsightly too and are begging to be gone!

    And I have the acne scars to prove it.

    I am 55-years-old and I have had acne since I was a teenager. Seriously, there is no justice to be post-menopausal and having acne at the same time! When I was young, my mother sent me to a fancy dermatologist who put me on a skin regime. It worked for ten years, but then it stopped working. Could it be because as I aged, my skin changed? Duh. Then I had two children and spent the next 20 years raising them. Without a doubt, I neglected myself. What Mother doesn’t?

    So I made up my mind to start taking care of my skin again. I was in need of a facial pick-me-up. Literally. Not only do I have acne and acne scarring, but my fine lines and wrinkles are no longer fine – they are crevices.

    I did a lot of research before I decided on a place. I asked my friends who live in New Market for their opinions. Bradford Skin & Medical Spa came highly recommended. Now I know why.

    My Free Consultation

    The name “medical spa” scared me off at first. I figured I would be walking into a sterile environment like when you go to a doctor’s office. However, their lobby is warm and inviting – it almost envelopes you in a cocoon of security. And with their free consultation, they sit down with you and do a thorough analysis of your skin. Here’s what I liked best:

    They didn’t preach at me like when I go to the dentist. They merely explained that when you pop your zits, the bacteria spreads all over your face. Yuck! I never thought about that. When you squeeze a pimple, you may inadvertently force the debris from the pore deeper into the follicle.

    They don’t hard sell you. The aestheticianstruly care. It’s not all about the money to them and they don’t try and hard sell you. I explained to them that my budget was limited, and they suggested a program where I could do it in steps. They asked me what bothered me the most – my acne or my wrinkles. Without a doubt my acne and acne scars are the most embarrassing. So we’re going to tackle that first.

    It’s not a one size fits all approach. Some medical spas only offer one type of treatment. .. They offer it all! For acne alone, they have three treatments — Laser Photorejuvention and chemical peel. And for my not so fine lines and wrinkles? There’s always Cosmetic Injectables!

    They cleared up my misconceptions. I never use moisturizer because I have such oily skin. Unfortunately, the variety of acne products I was using on my face were making my acne worse. My regime of cleansing, scrubs and exfoliating products were making my skin even oilier than before! No matter what type of skin you have, a moisturizer is essential to hydrate your skin. They have a variety of products from the Dead Sea and the Priori and Obagi line.

    They have awesome before and after pictures. It helps that the owner – Mia Liefso –is a walking advertisement for good skin care. .. She looks ten years younger than she actually is! And they have real life pictures of people they have helped. People like you and me who have numerous flaws, not young people who were gorgeous and flawless to begin with!

    They have the latest technology. Every day, we read about improvements in skin care. There are always new dermal fillers coming out, and advanced technologies that are an improvement over prior procedures. Bradford Skin Clinic & Medical Spa purchased the UltraPlus Variable Pulsed light laser machine that is the most powerful one on the market.

    When I walked out of my appointment, I had a huge smile on my face. I’m going to start with the laser treatments and slip a few chemical peels in between. And maybe my husband will get the not so subtle hints I have left him about getting Cosmetic Injectables for the holidays!

    I’ll keep you informed about how it goes. In the meantime, I encourage everyone to at least get a free consultation. You’ll be amazed at what you learn about your skin … even old dogs like me can learn new tricks!

    I have acne. You may have unsightly veins, cellulite that won’t budge, or hair on your face that you would like gone permanently. Call them at 905-775-7546 because that is within their expertise. Treat yourself. Pamper yourself. And don’t wait as long as I did!

    P.S. That’s not my picture but I wish it was!

    About The Author
    Mia Liefso is a professional medical skin therapist and the owner of Bradford Skin Clinic & Med Spa in Bradford, Ontario.  She has certifications in IPL, laser and ultrasound technologies, as well as body contouring and medical facial peels. Her professional interests include difficult skin conditions—psoriasis, eczema, and acne—premature aging, skin care for the elderly, endocrinology, and helping people love the skin they’re in. Her diverse personal interests include history, animals, roller derby, fast cars and gourmet cooking.

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  • The Mystery Behind Chemical Peels Helping Acne

    Chemical Peels Helping Acne

    When we were young, our mothers told us not to eat chocolate, because it would cause acne. The same with potato chips and other fried foods. It has been the subject of much debate over the years whether what you eat can hurt your skin’s complexion.

    I’m not here to solve that mystery. I imagine scientists will be debating it for years. Having been an acne sufferer myself, I can tell you what HELPS with acne – medical grade facial peels for both teenage and adult acne.And we’re not just talking helping acne outbreaks – we’re talking acne scars as well. Chemical peels are offered at skin clinics, dermatologists and med spas. If you’ve already tried over-the-counter treatments to help with your acne, you may be an excellent candidate for this medical grade skin treatment.

    How Chemical Peels Help Acne

    According to acne.org, our skin is covered in hundreds of thousands of pores which can get blocked. The oils that normally drain to the surface get trapped, the end result being acne. Chemical peels use a type of acid (alpha or beta) designed for the skin to exfoliate the top layers of the skin.  Chemical peels don’t actually “peel” the skin. Instead, they work to quickly exfoliate the skin, allowing the dead cells to shed more rapidly. The goal is to unclog pores and dislodge stubborn whiteheads and blackheads and also prevent further breakouts.

    Chemical peels are usually done in a series (one every two weeks) and not only help acne, but fine lines, pesky sun spots and wrinkles as well … an added bonus!

    Side Effects

    As with many procedures, chemical peels are not without risks. Usually the side effects are minor – a reddening or flaking of the skin and a possible slight burning sensation based on the strength of the peel. Tell your clinician or aesthetician immediately if the burning becomes uncomfortable. Additionally, tell her any medications you are taking (e.g. Accutane) which can change the effect of the chemical peel.If you’re using an over-the-counter cleanser such as those containing salicylic acid, it may irritate your skin after a chemical peel. It might be good to use a more gentle cleanser for a few days.

    Sun Safety

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    Because chemical peels peel away the protective layers of the skin, your skin will be much more vulnerable to sunlight and UV rays. Be sureto use an adequate SPF that won’t clog your pores

    After one chemical peel, your skin will feel softer and smoother. However, monthly or quarterly chemical peels are a great staple to have in your acne arsenal. In fact, see our promotional offer where you can get 1 facial peel and two photofacials for only $199 or 30% off all acne treatments through September 30.

    Chemical peels can also be done in conjunction with other acne fighting skin treatments. Some options include laser resurfacing, medications, special cleansers and Laser TechnologyLaser Acne Clearance uses light, heat and energy technology to reach beyond the epidermis to kill bacteria causing acne.

    What NOT to Do for Acne

    According to WebMD, more than 50 million people suffer from acne … you’re not alone! Whatever you do, no matter how tempting, do NOT pop your pimples because it increases the healing time and can contribute to scarring. Here are some other mistakes acne sufferers should avoid:

    1. Give the skin treatment long enough to work – there is no quick, miracle treatment for acne.
    2. Don’t try too many different products at once – you’ll never know which one worked well.
    3. Do not use sunscreen, moisturizers or cosmetics that are likely to clog your pores.
    4. Do not over scrub or over cleanse the skin – it will make your acne worse.

    Acne Can’t Be Banished – But Controlled

    In this day and age, with all the treatments and skin care products available to us, there is no need to tolerate teen or adult acne. Although it can’t be cured, it can be controlled through a great skin care regime, and chemical peels and/or laser treatments.

    Oh and about the foods causing acne. Everyone should eat healthy to nourish their skin whether they have acne or not!

    About the Author

    Mia Liefso is a professional medical skin therapist and the owner of Bradford Skin Clinic & Med Spa in Bradford, Ontario.  She has certifications in IPL, laser and ultrasound technologies, as well as body contouring and medical facial peels. Her professional interests include difficult skin conditions—psoriasis, eczema, and acne—premature aging, skin care for the elderly, endocrinology, and helping people love the skin they’re in. Her diverse personal interests include history, animals, roller derby, travelling and gourmet cooking.

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  • Laser Hair Removal vs. Electrolysis … The Winner Is?

    Would you prefer needles to permanently remove unwanted hair orsmall gentle pulses of light?Would you rather remove one hair at a time or whole patches of hair? These are two of the major differentiating factors between electrolysis or laser hair removal. Hmm … which one to choose?

    The clear winner for most clients? Medical laser hair removal treatments.

    Why? Let’s first look at the primary difference in these treatments, both which can be very effective to get rid of unsightly hair forever.

    Electrolysis Versus Laser Hair Removal Technology

    Laser Hair Removal

    Although the technologies are similar, the approaches are very different.

    According to the American Electrolysis Association, electrolysis works by inserting a tiny needle into the hair follicle alongside the hair shaft. Then a very small amount of a current is used to destroy the hair growth cells. The existing hair falls out, and the process is repeated hair by hair. You generally have to return for 10 – 25visits to see permanent results.

    Electrolysis works on electrical or chemical energy whereas laser hair removal works on heat and light – tiny pulses of light that destroy the hair follicle. According to The American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, a minute light beam courses through the patient’s skin and is absorbed by hair follicles that are growing, and then destroys them.  To prevent future growth, the hair bulb is essentially damaged. You generally need 6 – 8 treatments to see permanent results.

    Both methods for hair removal are noninvasive, permanent and are used effectively for both men and women. Because both procedures are medical, they should be performed with a certified esthetician or licensed electrologist to ensure the machines being used are at the proper settings.

    The Advantages Versus Disadvantages of Each Treatment

    Electrolysis has been in existence longer than laser (135 years versus 20 years) and used to be the only permanent hair removal process. However, it almost seems like a passé technology as laser hair removal is both newer and more advanced:

    Laser Hair Removal

    The advantages of laser technology are:

    •Our clients report that laser is less painful. The pulses of light last only for a millisecond and feel like a simple poke with a pencil. The needles used in electrolysis can really pinch and hurt.

    •Laser hair removal is quicker. Because an electrolysis treatment works on one hair at a time, even a small area can take quite awhile to treat. Depending on the size of the area (a chin versus a chest) being treated, a laser treatment only takes between 10 minutes to one hour.

    •Laser takes less treatments. With electrolysis, you can plan on 10 – 25 visits. Roughly 1-3 weeks after each laser treatment, clients typically notice 10-20% less hair regrowth. After approximately 6 – 8 hair removal treatments, you’ll only have to come in for touchups.

    •Laser is more effective. According to a recent survey conducted by Celibre Medical Corporation, 97% of women who removed unwanted hair using lasers say they are satisfied with the outcome, whereas only 70% using electrolysis were pleased.

    The one advantage of electrolysis is it can be used for any color of hair – even white, gray and blonde – where laser has proven to be less effective.

    For a further explanation of electrolysis versus laser hair removal, visit Dr. Neal Schultz on You Tube.

    What Are The Risks?

    Both treatments have similar risks. With laser hair removal, they are somewhat minimal – redness, soreness , swelling and scarring. With electrolysis, some of the side effects may include swelling, inflammation, pain, edema or scarring.

    Why Laser Hair Removal?

    According to the Laser Hair Journal, laser hair removal is big business — a $244M industry. Why? Because it’s safe, it’s affordable and there’s no down time. You can have a treatment over your lunch hour! And it’s far less painful and more effective than any other option – from electrolysis to any of the portable at home lasers you see on the TV today.

    In today’s busy workplace, who has time to take weeks off to recover from a cosmetic procedures? No one!  You can look forward to the removal of unsightly hair and feel a real boost to your self-confidence by opting for laser hair removal! Check out our picture gallery to see how YOU can look before and after!

    About the Author

    Mia Liefso is a professional medical skin therapist and the owner of Bradford Skin Clinic & Med Spa in Bradford, Ontario.  She has certifications in IPL, laser and ultrasound technologies, as well as body contouring and medical facial peels. Her professional interests include difficult skin conditions—psoriasis, eczema, and acne—premature aging, skin care for the elderly, endocrinology, and helping people love the skin they’re in. Her diverse personal interests include history, animals, roller derby, fast cars and gourmet cooking.

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