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Acne Clinic

In a short time, Shine MD has become a sought after destination for comprehensive care for acne and scar management. The team at Shine MD takes pride in offering treatments and technologies that are safe and effective for all skin types, ensuring a welcoming and inclusive environment for skin of color. Dr. Mona Khurana and the team at Shine MD are dedicated to supporting our patients in their self-care journeys, and creating a space where everyone can feel safe and accepted.

Acne is an extremely prevalent medical condition. According to the American Academy of Dermatology, approximately 85% of individuals are affected by acne at some point in their lives. However, acne care is often delayed as patients or their parents may see acne as a temporary phase of life. Patients can also feel overwhelmed by the abundance of information available about acne, and may not know the best approach to treat their specific skin type.

The Acne clinic at Shine MD is setting a new standard in acne care, combining medical, MSP-based treatments with combination treatments for both active acne and acne scarring.

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Early Identification and Intervention

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Convenient and Timely Access

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Ongoing Clinical Support and Education

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Maintenance

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Scar Treatment

Learn More About The Acne Clinic

At Shine MD, we understand that the emotional and physical effects of acne and acne scarring are long lasting, and that effective, timely treatment can minimize the impact on one’s life and relationships. That is why our philosophy is that acne care should be convenient and accessible.

We offer physician-led medical management of acne that is covered by the Medical Services Plan of British Columbia. In person and virtual medical care options are available to help our patients overcome their acne and feel confident in their skin. You will require an MSP Referral from a primary care practitioner to access these services in the clinic. Other supportive treatments such as skin care, facials, and laser treatments can further improve your acne journey. These additional treatments are not covered by the provincial health plan.

Acne begins in the hair follicle and results from a combination of increased sebum production, blockage of the gland, presence of acne causing bacteria, and inflammation. Sebum and dead skin cells can build up inside hair follicles, clogging the pore. This creates an ideal environment for acne causing bacteria.

Many things can cause or influence the development of acne, including genetics, hormones, medications, diet, skin care, and lifestyle factors such as mask wearing.

There are several different kinds of acne, and the type of acne you have may affect what treatment option is best for you. The most minor forms of acne are whiteheads and blackheads (comedones), which are usually not inflamed. As acne lesions progress, they become inflammatory in nature and form papules, pustules, and nodules. These are often painful and extend deeper into the skin.

Acne also ranges in severity. Mild acne, consisting of blackheads and whiteheads, can often be treated with creams and lotions. Moderate or severe acne that is red, painful, and deep in your skin may require a combination of creams, lotions, and either oral contraceptives, antibiotics, or acne medication. Treatments such as medical-grade facials, chemical peels, and laser therapy can also effectively reduce active acne, inflammation, and scarring.

Not everyone who has acne will develop acne scars. It is impossible to know if someone’s acne will scar or not, but some risk factors can make acne scars more likely. According to a study published in the Journal of Drugs and Dermatology, the risk factors that are correlated with increased likelihood of acne scarring are:

  • Acne severity. More severe acne has a greater likelihood of causing scarring. However, the severity of acne does not equal the severity of scarring, and even mild acne can cause scarring.
  • Time between acne onset and treatment. Acne is more likely to scar the longer it has been left untreated. One of the key prevention methods for acne scarring is to receive effective acne treatment as quickly as possible.
  • Relapsing acne. Acne that is recurring is more likely to scar than acne that completely resolves with treatment.
  • Gender. Men were found to be more likely to develop acne scars. However, people of all genders can experience acne scarring.

Your treatment plan at Shine MD will be based on the type of acne scarring that is present.

Common acne scar types include:

  • Boxcar scars are depressions in the skin that have a vertical edge. These scars are best treated with resurfacing lasers such as Halo and Profractional.
  • Ice pick scars are deeper, column like scars that can be improved with resurfacing lasers. These scars can also be treated with punch grafting to surgically remove the deep vertical acne scar. The resulting scar is usually a fine line that can be improved with resurfacing laser treatments.
  • Atrophic scars or rolling scars are wavy depressions in the skin that can make the skin look uneven. These scars are more obvious in certain angles of lighting. Subcision augmented with PRP (Platelet Rich Plasma) can improve the appearance of these scars by detaching them from the scar tissue at the base.
  • Hypertrophic and keloid scars are raised scars that occur when the body produces excess scar tissue. These are often treated with steroid injections.

Treatment Options for Active Acne

While living with acne can be challenging, it is important to remember that acne is treatable. At Shine MD, we offer a variety of treatments to suit your individual skin needs and provide you with the best possible results.

These treatments include:

Forever Clear BBL™

Forever Clear BBL™ is an innovative technology that uses intense pulsed light to treat acne and acne scarring. The treatment uses blue light to target bacteria, red and yellow lights to decrease inflammation and redness, and infrared light to heat the sebaceous glands. Heating the sebaceous glands decreases future breakouts and stimulates collagen production in the skin, improving the appearance of scars.

Quality Skincare and Professional Consultation

We carry medical-grade skincare lines that are designed to complement your treatment plan. These products are proven by clinical data to provide superior results and to complement clinical procedures. At Shine MD, our team members will take time to answer all of your questions, make sure you understand the regimen you are taking home, and will conduct a follow-up to make sure your home care plan is going well.

Dermalinfusion Medical-Grade Facials

Shine MD offers Dermalinfusion medical-grade facials as an option to treat acne and address other individual skin concerns. Dermalinfusion facials gently cleanse the pores, exfoliate the skin’s surface, extract sebum, and infuse the skin with your choice of a Pro-Infusion Serum®.

Chemical Peels

At Shine MD, we use medical-grade chemical peels to treat active acne, congested skin, acne scarring, age spots, fine lines, and wrinkles. By gently removing the topmost layers of the skin, chemical peels brighten, tighten, and illuminate the appearance of the skin.


Treatment Options for Acne Scars

If you no longer have active acne but have visible acne scarring, there are treatment options available. At Shine MD, we offer a variety of treatments to fade acne scars and revitalize the skin’s overall appearance.

Treatment for acne scarring can be considered a multistep process.

Step 1: Adequate acne control

Step 2: Treatment of textural scarring with resurfacing lasers such as Halo, Profractional and Contour TRL

Step 3: Correction of pigment and redness related to either acne scarring or resurfacing treatments.

Shine MD offers the following acne scar treatments:

Halo™ Hybrid Fractional Laser

The Halo™ is a hybrid fractional laser that simultaneously delivers two laser treatments to the skin. Together, the two lasers stimulate collagen and elastin production and target the pigment in the skin to result in a brighter, more even skin tone while simultaneously improving the tightness and texture of the skin.

Microneedling

Microneedling is the process of using fine needles to puncture the skin to a controlled depth. This stimulates the body’s healing process, which leads to the formation of new collagen. Microneedling effectively treats acne scarring, fine lines and wrinkles, hair loss, loose skin, and stretch marks.

Profractional™ Laser Skin Resurfacing

ProFractional™ laser skin resurfacing can be used to treat acne scars, fine lines and wrinkles, sun damage, and other skin imperfections. The ProFractional™ laser works by creating thousands of microchannels in the skin. By leaving bridges of tissue between the channels intact, ProFractional™ laser treatment expedites the body’s healing process, resulting in a shorter recovery and less discomfort. Multiple treatments are often required for moderate to severe acne scarring and are often coupled with other treatments such as subcision and laser peels.

Subcision with PRP

When subcision is performed, a needle or a cannula is gently inserted below atrophic or rolling scars. The needle is used to release the fibrous scar tissue from the skin below, improving the appearance of rolling acne scars. Subcision can be combined with mesotherapy, platelet-rich plasma, or fillers. Multiple sessions are often required for sequential improvement. Subcision is often coupled with the Profractional™ Laser or Halo™ to improve surface texture.

Moxi

Moxi® is a revolutionary laser technology that evens the skin’s texture and tone to improve the complexion and treat pigmentation concerns. Moxi® can treat all skin types, requires minimal downtime, and is gentler than many alternatives. Moxi® is an excellent treatment for younger patients who wish to refresh their skin and prevent signs of aging.

Forever Young BBL

Forever Young BBL® is a highly effective light-based treatment that provides a reset to the skin to reverse the effects of aging and improve the skin’s overall appearance. Forever Young BBL® is also a powerful, preventive tool for protecting your skin from developing signs of aging and sun damage in the future.

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Acne Condition B/A | Vancouver & Surrey BC

*Individual results may vary.