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  • Why Your Acne Isn’t Going Away – And What to Do About It

    If you have chronic acne, then you know the pain of dealing with one breakout after the next, in a never-ending cascade of pimples. As soon as one eruption starts to fade, another blemish sneaks up to take its place.

    The good news? It doesn’t have to be this way. Acne is a highly treatable condition, once you figure out the right tricks. So if your face has been riddled with lesions and pustules for months, years, or even decades, then you’re probably making one of the key skin mistakes below:


    1. You’re Scrubbing Too Hard

    While determination is a good thing in most aspects of life, overzealousness is not an asset when it comes to washing your face. Many people invest in harsh exfoliating cleansers or rough scrubbing pads in the misguided belief that they can simply scrub away the pimples.

    The truth, however, is that heavy-handed cleansing will not work. In fact, scrubbing sensitive skin will only make acne worse. While some exfoliation — as with soft cleansing brushes — can be helpful, scrubbing too hard or too often can aggravate pimples, making them redder and more inflamed. Wash your face the right way by using a gentle, pH-balanced cleanser that’s made for acne-prone skin. Rinse well afterward to remove any residue.


    2. You’re Misusing Products

    Toners, lotions, and creams can all be effective in treating pimples — provided you use them correctly. Unfortunately, many people slather products on too thickly or use a far smaller amount than they actually need. As with all medicated products, acne treatments will only work with correct dosing, so read the instructions carefully before applying.

    Another common mistake is trying several new products at once. More products do not equal better results — and when you use two or three new treatments at once, you’ll never know how well each works individually. Start with one product at a time, and give it several weeks before turning to other options.

    Another acne no-no is applying facial products not suited for your skin type. Using sunscreen, foundation, moisturizers, or serums that clog your pores could undo any benefit from your anti-acne products.  Remember: if it goes on your face, it needs to be non-comedogenic or non-acnegenic. Period.

    3. You Need an Expert

    All acne is not created equal, and what works for your friends may not do a thing for you. The best treatment depends on age (adult acne is different from the adolescent version), skin type, and several other factors.

    Plus, while OTC treatments can be helpful, skincare professionals can give you the really effective stuff. Prescription creams like Retin-A or clindamycin pack an anti-acne wallop that you just won’t find in a tube of Clearasil. Beyond topical treatments, lasers have made fighting pimples easier and more effective than ever, knocking out acne for months in just a single session.

    By seeking professional help now, you can help protect your skin from acne scarring in the future. And if you already have scarring, a pro can help erase the damage.

    If you’ve tried every acne treatment at the drug store but still can’t shed those embarrassing pimples, we at Bradford Skin Clinic are here to help. We’d be happy to discuss your skin issues and advise you on the very best treatment options to give you clear skin for life. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call (905) 755-SKIN (7546) or visit www.bradfordskinclinic.com.

    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, VPL,laser and ultrasound technologies, as well as body contouring and medical facial peels. Her professional interests include difficult skin conditions—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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  • What Can A Med Spa Do That A Regular Spa Can’t?

    Have you ever wondered what the heck the difference is between a med spa and a day spa? Well, you’re not alone. The similar names often cause confusion, but you’ll find some very different procedures at each type of beauty center.

    The main distinction is that doctors usually run med spas, while day-spa owners generally don’t have medical credentials. Think of the medical version as a skin clinic with a more relaxing setting than the average dermatologist’s office.

    If you’re looking for the latest pharmaceutical innovations in treating wrinkles, cellulite or acne, a med spa (also called a medical spa) is the way to go. Plus, your doctor can send you home with prescriptions for top-grade care at home.

    Facial Rejuvenation


    Both types of spas offer soothing facials to help relieve acne, hydrate parched skin or reduce wrinkles. Over-the-counter exfoliants, moisturizers and acne masks are usually available at each.

    That said, only a med spa can provide more advanced facial techniques. An IPL photo facial, for example, can help reduce dark, splotchy pigmentation on your face or chest, but you can’t get that at a day spa. You can also get medical-grade peels at a med spa, which remove the top layer of skin to reveal a fresh, more youthful complexion. These treat fine lines and hyperpigmentation (dark spots on the skin) far more effectively than most standard facials.

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    Wrinkle Treatments

    Day spas are pretty much limited to topical treatments like retinol and intensive moisturizers to help fight the hands of time. All of these are available over-the-counter, so you could theoretically produce the same results at home. Medical spas, however, can offer injectables, which come in two main categories:

    Muscle relaxers

    Muscle relaxers paralyze small muscles in your face to stop certain movements caused by your natural expressions. For instance, by injecting muscle relaxers around your eyes, those muscles will no longer move when you smile — meaning no more crinkly crow’s feet. However, muscle relaxers won’t erase wrinkles that are already etched in; they simply stop them from forming in the first place. Botox and Dysport are both brands of muscle relaxers.

    Dermal fillers

    Dermal fillers literally fill in existing wrinkles by plumping up lines and creases. They’re perfect for the nasolabial folds around the corners of your mouth, and some types can even plump up lips. Dermal fillers may contain collagen, hyaluronic acid or other natural and synthetic ingredients. Common brands include Radiesse, Juvederm, Perlane and Sculptra.

    Body Treatments

    Any type of spa can smooth and moisturize your body with specialized scrubs. The seaweed wrap — more common at day spas than med spas — may even help reduce cellulite and take inches off of your body (but only temporarily). Both types of spas may also offer massages and acupuncture, provided by certified specialists.

    Some medical spas also offer more permanent body fixes, such as:


    That’s a fancy term for freezing away fat by exposing tissues to cold temperatures. Only the fat is frozen — not your skin — and this method works well for relatively thin people who have the dreaded “muffin top” around the stomach. CoolSculpting is a brand name.


    Radio waves emit energy, heating up fat cells to destroy them. This technology works for many areas, including the stomach and the chin, and tightens skin as an added bonus. This treatment is also not for overweight people, but those with isolated pockets of fat.  Thermage is one brand name.

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    Lasers are the new frontier in skin care, and med spas have them while day spas do not. Lasers have a plethora of uses, including:

    Skin resurfacing

    Lasers literally shine at resurfacing your skin to erase fine lines, age spots, acne scars and uneven texture. There are two main types of lasers used for resurfacing: Ablative lasers exfoliate the top layers of skin, while nonablative lasers stimulate collagen growth and provide a tightening effect.

    Acne treatment

    One type of laser helps prevent acne by inhibiting bacterial growth. Another type shrinks the oil glands to prevent overproduction. Both offer long-lasting results, and are used on both teens and adults. Acne may disappear for years after just a few sessions.

    Hair removal

    Yes, lasers can even remove unwanted hair from your face and body. By shooting light straight into the follicles, the laser destroys the hair. Multiple sessions are needed, and you may require a few touchups over the years, but results are long lasting. This works best for people with lighter skin and darker hair.

    Removing Skin Imperfections

    A medical spa also has the technology to remove unsightly imperfections like skin tags, spider veins and broken capillaries. Sometimes lasers may be used, although other methods such as VascuLyse are also effective. Results are permanent, and the procedure is usually fast.

    Beauty Products

    You’ll find an array of lotions, creams and serums at whichever spa you choose. However, you’ll only get the prescription stuff at the med spa. This includes Retin-A, a top proven wrinkle fighter, as well as stronger acne treatments. You can also get Latisse, a prescription eyelash treatment that makes lashes fuller, at a medical spa but.

    The Bottom Line

    While the superficial treatments offered at the day spa do provide some results, they simply can’t compete with the power of medical technology. At the med spa, you can literally erase wrinkles in a single session, and tackle acne, and skin discoloration using the best tools available.

    Because medical spas offer medical procedures, it’s very important to check the qualifications of your doctor or aesthetician; there is always a risk of side effects, but you can help protect yourself by choosing a med spa with knowledgeable, competent staff.

    The right med spa can tailor a program to suit your needs, and leave you looking younger than you have in years. And in the hands of a medical professional, you can feel confident about your results. If you’re after the latest proven solutions lasting beautification, it may be time to upgrade.

    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, VPL, laser and ultrasound technologies, as well as body contouring and medical facial peels. Her professional interests include difficult skin conditions—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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