Acne | Vancouver & Surrey BC


Acne is a common condition that affects approximately 85% of individuals at some point in their lives. Acne is a treatable condition, but it can still have a major impact on those who are affected by it. At Shine MD, we understand the emotional and physical effects of acne and we are dedicated to providing timely and effective physician-led acne treatment to our patients.

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Acne Treatment at Shine MD

Shine MD’s Acne Clinic offers comprehensive, physician-led care for acne and scar management. We take pride in offering treatments and technologies that are scientifically proven to be safe and effective for all skin types. Dr. Mona Khurana and the team at Shine MD are dedicated to creating an inclusive and accepting space where our patients feel supported in their self-care journies.

Medical assessment and acne management is a covered benefit by the Medical Services Plan of British Columbia. To receive medical management of your acne, you will require a referral from a primary care provider such as your family physician or a walk in clinic physician.

Please see the MSP Referral Form for detailed information regarding our referral process for medical skin conditions. Once you have obtained a referral from your primary care provider, Shine MD will contact you to book an appointment for initial MSP covered consultation with a physician. The current waiting time for medical acne based care is 4-6 months.

We also offer supportive treatments (such as skincare, facials, and laser treatments) that are not covered by the provincial health plan. In person and virtual care options are available.

Learn More About Acne

If you have acne-prone skin, you probably know that acne rarely has one, clear cause. However, acne development can be caused or influenced by a number of factors, including:

  • Genetics
  • Hormonal fluctuations
  • Medications
  • Diet
  • Skincare and personal care products
  • Lifestyle factors (like wearing a mask)

Acne begins in the hair follicles of our skin. Excess sebum, the oily substance produced by our skin, and dead skin cells can build up inside the hair follicles, clogging the pore. This creates an environment for bacteria to grow, leading to inflammation. Increased sebum production, blockage of the skin glands, the presence of acne causing bacteria, and inflammation combine to create what we know as a pimple. Click here to learn more about the progression of an acne lesion.
There are several different kinds of acne, and the type of acne you have may affect what treatment option is best for you.

Common forms of acne include:

  • Whiteheads
  • Blackheads
  • Papules
  • Pustules
  • Nodules

Acne also ranges in severity. The most minor forms of acne are whiteheads and blackheads. These types of acne are usually not inflamed or painful. As acne lesions progress, they become more inflamed and form papules, pustules, and nodules. These are often painful and extend deeper into the skin.

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Acne Condition B/A | Vancouver & Surrey BC

*Individual results may vary.