How to deal with Adult Acne

Acne is one of the most common of all skin disorders, affecting almost everyone at some point in their lives. However, as adults, we assume the years of ugly pimples are behind us. While most people outgrow acne in their late teens or early twenties, many are affected into adulthood or even experience late onset acne. Although the exact cause of adult acne is unknown, possible contributors include stress, cosmetics and hormones.

Adult acne can be frustrating but can also have long-lasting effects on the self-esteem and self confidence for those suffering from it. To combat blemishes, treatment starts at home. Here are 4 simple steps to help with adult acne:

  1. Wash your Face – washing your skin twice a day with a gentle cleanser is key in removing excess oils and makeup that can clog your pores. We love Vivier’s Acne wash. This broad-spectrum antimicrobial acne wash is an all-in-one cleanser and toner that deep cleans pores to remove surface impurities such as dirt, oil and bacteria while helping to prevent new acne pimples. It contains 2% salicylic acid USP (pharmaceutical grade) for the treatment and prevention of acne pimples.
  2. Exfoliate – exfoliating the skin will help to remove the buildup of dirt and oils in the pores causing the skin to look oily. Gentle scrubs are good, especially ones that contain a little salicylic acid. Salicylic acid is anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory which helps flush out the pores as well as reduces inflammation associated with acne break outs. We love the ZO TE Pads which can be used twice a day to help minimize surface oils and exfoliate pore-clogging dead skin cells and dirt. Using the pads twice a day also helps to calm and soothe irritated skin.
  3. Hydrate your skin – it is important to keep your skin hydrated to prevent the skin from over producing oils. If your skin feels thirsty, it will create more oil to nourish it. By keeping your skin properly hydrated, it will function normally without becoming overly oily.
  4. When choosing makeup, always choose mineral, oil free makeup brands – most drug store brands contain silicone and are oil based. Mineral makeup is antibacterial and anti-inflammatory, and won’t clog your pores. We love Jane Iredale makeup as it is mineral based and has the added benefit of containing an SPF.

Fortunately, the physical and emotional effects of acne can be reversed with proper at home care and in office treatment. While adult acne can be persistent, an individualized treatment plan from our office can help you reduce blemishes, prevent scarring and eliminate your acne. With diligent at home care, your acne can be significantly improved, allowing you to regain your confidence!

PRP Hair Restoration

Finally A Non Invasive Option For Thinning Hair!!!

If you’ve been dealing with hair loss, you may be searching for a way to replace lost hair and improve your self-confidence. Luckily, there is now a non invasive, non surgical option – PRP has become very popular for hair loss.

The PRP is injected deep into the scalp in the area of the subcutaneous fat and connective tissue – the solution tends to diffuse into the dermis and stimulates the hair follicles to grow thicker, healthier hair over the next 6-12 months (most clients will, however, see initial results within 3 months).

If you have been considering this treatment, you may have some questions. This FAQ may answer some of the more popular ones so that you can determine if this is the right option for you.

What is PRP Hair Restoration?

PRP stands for platelet rich plasma. It is s type of therapy that has proven to be effective for a number of anti-aging concerns including hair loss. It is a non-surgical treatment that involves the injection of your own plasma. In many cases, this can stimulate hair growth.

How Effective is PRP for Hair Loss?

The results for PRP treatment for hair loss vary from patient to patient. When patients are good candidates and follow the treatment protocol as instructed, they can often expect excellent results.

What is the process like?

Blood will be drawn from your body and spun, separating the rich, plasma cells. These cells are then injected directly into your scalp. In an ideal situation, you will experience renewed hair growth.

What is the downtime/recover?

Because PRP is a non-surgical treatment, the healing and recovery are virtually non-existent. Most clients are able to return to work the next day if they want and only have a little discomfort at the site where the blood is drawn and the sites of injection. There also may be swelling, bruising and tenderness at the injection site for the first few days.

Book your complimentary consultation today to see if we can help you look and feel more confident with PRP treatments for hair restoration!

Take Off With Confidence

Travelling can take its toll on our skin so we have put together our best tips to help you arrive at your destination with a healthy glow.

Before travelling, use a serum with hyaluronic acid under your moisturizer to prepare your skin and keep it hydrated. Try and keep makeup to a bare minimum so that you can reapply your moisturizer during your flight. Flying is deeply dehydrating so make sure to drink lots of water before, during and after your flight.

For longer flights, consider applying a hydrating mask. We love Vivier’s Ultrahydrating Mask or Skin Ceuticals Hydrating B5  Masque. Leave the mask on for the duration of your flight. This will help keep your skin hydrated while travelling to prevent breakouts. Even more, you will land with a healthy glow!

Always travel with our must haves: hand cream, lip balm, and a hydrating moisturizer. Our go to travel makeup is Jane Iredale. We find it gives natural coverage and feels like bare skin. It also provides great SPF coverage.

For more tips and advice, book your complimentary consultation.

Losing Weight vs. Losing Fat with SculpSure


There is a difference and your weight loss plan may need to be tweaked to take this into account.

Is losing weight a constant goal you’re working towards? Do you eat a well-balanced diet and workout more than the recommended daily amount but still don’t see the results you want? Are you losing weight but still have uncomfortable bulges you can’t seem to get rid of? You may find it surprising, but no matter how hard you work, there are stubborn fat cells you may never be able to get rid of on your own, regardless of diet and exercise. In fact, there is a difference between losing weight and losing fat.

As a teen, the number of fat cells in our body typically becomes a fixed number. Despite your best efforts, losing weight doesn’t decrease the number of fat cells in your body. That being said, gaining weight doesn’t increase fat cell numbers either. Instead, your fat cells change in size. When you gain weight, your fat cells get bigger, and when you lose weight they get smaller.

While losing weight can be seen on a scale, losing fat cells, may not show actual weight loss on the scale. Since fat is stored directly under the skin, when you lose it, you will notice it and look and feel leaner.

So, how does the body process fat? The fat you eat in food, goes through your digestive system and travels to the liver. Processed fat is what we use for energy, like walking, talking, etc. Fat we don’t use for energy, gets stored in our fat cells making them bigger.

So, how do we lose fat cells for good? SculpSure is a procedure that heats your fat cells to reduce the actual number of fat cells in the treated area. They simply die and never return. Those annoying fat bulges will be gone forever and you will be left with a more sculpted figure. However, the SculpSure treatment will NOT help you lose weight.

How can you maintain the new you after the treatment? SculpSure is not a diet and exercise program, so you won’t need to change any of your lifestyle habits. However, many patients will feel more motivated to take care of themselves after a treatment and this will only enhance the results. Many people, after seeing the results from the treatment, will feel more motivated to stay close to their ideal weight. However, if you do gain weight, you will gain it evenly all over your body, not just in the treated areas.

Is everyone a candidate for SculpSure? Schedule a complimentary consultation to find out if Sculpsure can help you reach your goals. Every body is different, but we can work with you to develop a customized treatment plan to reach your desired results.

Wedding Day Prep: What to do to get ready for that big day!

Preparations for a wedding happens long before the actual day and this is especially true for getting the bride ready for her big day. Your skin needs to be at its best and it’s important not to leave this to the last minute.

At Britannia Dermedics, we suggest incorporating skin and body care into your wedding planning well in advance. These are our suggestions of what you can do now to make sure you look and feel your very best when the big day arrives:

  1. Lots of couples decide to hit the gym to slim down and tone their body for the big day. Sometimes, there are areas that are impossible to target. At Britannia Dermedics, we offer body shaping and contouring with our newest SculpSure treatments. These treatments are fast, effective and require no downtime. The treatment safely and effectively breaks down body fat, resulting in a more defined shape. You will need 2-3 treatments, each at 4 weeks apart and full results are seen 8 weeks after your last treatment so this treatment is ideal to start well before your big day.
  2. Wouldn’t it be wonderful to be hair free for your wedding and, of course the honeymoon! Laser hair removal is a great alternative to waxing or electrolysis or razors. Treatments deliver permanent hair reduction and can we can treat a wide range of skin types and tones safely and effectively. You will need 8-12 treatments at 6 weeks apart so this is a treatment that should be considered early in order to be ready for your big day.
  3. You want to look your most radiant and youthful on your big day. Regular facials are often not enough. Consider a non-invasive skin rejuvenation treatment with our top of the line laser technology. The result will be a brighter, more even skin tone.
  4. If you have more serious skin concerns such as acne scarring, stretch marks, or enlarged pores, we offer Venus Viva skin resurfacing treatments. This non-invasive treatment is amazing for improving skin’s texture and tone. Booking 2-3 treatments spaced 30 days apart before your wedding is ideal to ensure your skin is at its best for your big day.
  5. Talk to our injection specialist about reducing wrinkles and restoring volume and fullness to give you a refreshed appearance. At Britannia Dermedics, our specialists can help reduce wrinkles as well as lift and fill the contours of your face to regain your youthful appearance.
  6. Being on a regular routine of a good skin care line is also essential to having the best skin on your big day.

Call us to book your complimentary consultation so we can let you know what treatments we think would be best for you so that you can reach your goals of looking your best on your big day!

Laser Away Wrinkles, Redness and Uneven Skin with Laser Genesis Technology.

Laser Away Wrinkles, Redness and Uneven Skin with Laser Genesis Technology.

Laser Genesis is non-invasive laser technology that safely, discretely and effectively treats fine-line wrinkles, excessive redness and blemishes such as large pores, uneven skin texture and scars. It promotes vibrant and healthy looking skin.

What is Laser Genesis?

Laser Genesis is a non-invasive skin procedure that stimulates new collagen production, which helps improve your skin’s firmness, improve your skin’s texture, and reduce the appearance of fine line wrinkles. It also helps reduce pore size and diminish redness.

Laser Genesis is also a great treatment for acne-prone skin! The heat from the laser has the ability to kill the bacteria under the skin, as well as stimulate the healing process with the laser light.

How Many Treatments Will You Need?

We generally recommend a series of 3-6 treatments.

Laser Genesis Results?

Clients experience subtle yet consistent results after each treatment, without unwanted side effects such as bruising or skin irritation and no downtime. Treatments are performed in a relaxed, comfortable environment without the need for topical anesthetics.

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Laser Hair Removal

Laser Hair Removal

In ancient days, hairy legs and armpits were just a fact of life. Today, unwanted hair is clogging up shower drains, sticking to waxing strips and dulling razors around the world. Both men and women are anxiously looking for hair removal solutions. Here are some interesting facts:

  • In the US, 85% of women regularly spend time removing unwanted hair daily?
  • Women who shave, will spend over $10,000 on shaving products during their lifetime.
  • Women spend 2 entire months of their lives shaving!
  • Women who wax 1-2 times per month, end up spending about $23,000 on waxing products in their lifetime.

Luckily, in this day and age, we have options for hair removal other than shaving, waxing, threading and even electrolysis. The problem with older options is that the results do not last and some of them are quite painful. Laser hair removal is on the rise, however, likely due to the effectiveness found in modern laser technology.

We are often asked if laser hair removal actually works. Each laser works lightly differently, however the basic process is the same. The laser targets the pigment in the hair follicle, either through intense pulsed light (IPL) or by diode. The heat and energy combined are absorbed into the follicle, damaging the areas that produce the actual hair. With repeated treatments over the growth cycle of the hair, the follicle becomes unable to produce the hair from that follicle. After each treatment, the hair stems from that follicle will lose its course texture and speed of growth will be significantly diminished after each treatment.

So, is laser hair removal painful? Depending on the laser used and the settings of the laser, laser hair removal can be painful. This is one reason why choosing a certified laser hair technician and clinic is vitally important. Not only can the laser technician impact your result, they can also be responsible for the wavelengths that affect your pain threshold.

Seeing results after laser hair removal is highly dependent upon genetics, where the hair is in the growth cycle and the part of the body being treated. Typically we advise clients to have multiple treatments per area for optimal results. Hair grows in a cycle and at any given time can be in one of 3 phases. Laser hair removal only targets hair in the growth stage and any number of hairs may be in this or a different stage. Because of this, multiple treatments are necessary to target all hairs.

The ideal candidate for laser hair removal is someone with light skin and dark, course hair. These candidates respond faster to the laser technology. This is not to say that someone with darker pigment will not benefit from the laser, the results may just take longer to achieve. Choosing a clinic with the appropriate laser for your skin type is vital for optimal outcomes.

Call us today to find out if laser hair removal would work for your hair concerns.

TREAT YOURSELF THIS HOLIDAY SEASON

We all love buying gifts to show the people in our lives how special they are. By now, a lot of us have made our lists. Is there someone you are forgetting? YOURSELF!

Now, is the perfect time to show yourself a little love and treat yourself! Here are some ideas to help you feel your best over the holiday season and into the New Year!

Body Contouring

Planning on overindulging a little on those holiday meals? We all do it and decide to resolve in the new year to have that body we’ve always wanted. Gym memberships and dieting can only go so far! If you want something to help complement your fitness regimen and dieting, our SculpSure fat destruction technology or our Venus Legacy skin tightening device may be perfect for you. We can help you tighten your body shape by targeting fat cells and those challenging spots where most workouts routines and diets fall short.

Radiofrequency Treatments

Winter weather, especially in Calgary, is never easy on your skin and can make your skin appear rough and dull. Winterproof your skin by treating yourself to our radiofrequency anti-aging treatment. These treatments use gentle heat to increase collagen production and elastin levels to visibly make your skin smoother and firmer.

Skin Care

Treat yourself to a customized skin care program. From oily skin to pores to excessively dry skin, no two people have the same skin and that means that products and treatments must be customized. Give yourself the gift of comfort and confidence by talking to an expert about a protocol specifically designed for you.

TREAT YOURSELF! YOU’RE WORTH IT!

 

What is botox for hyperhydrosis?

Botox for hyperhydrosis is a treatment using Botox injections to help with excess sweating. Botox injections work by blocking the secretion of the chemical that activates sweat glands – essentially turning them off. The injections are very shallow – the medicine is injected just below the surface of the skin, where it remains.

While everyone breaks down the Botox injections differently, typically you can expect three to six months of results from your injection. It is important to note that stress and exercise can cause the Botox injection to fade quicker.

Research shows it is safe to treat excessive sweating on: armpits, hands, feet and other relatively small body areas.

Botox injections have been shown to result in an 82-87% decrease in sweating under the arms. Patients typically notice results in about 2-4 days after treatment. They usually enjoy the full effects of the treatment within 2 weeks.

Although sweating is a vital part of the body’s processes as it helps with temperature control, it is safe to diminish or prevent sweating in a small, localized area because you are only impacting a small percentage of the body’s cooling system. For example, the sweat glands in the underarms are only 2% of the sweat glands in the body.

Botox injections are a very safe and effective way to combat excessive sweat problems. Take the first step by calling us today to see if you are a candidate.

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What is hyperpigmentation?


Hyperpigmentation
is when an area of the skin darkens due to the overproduction of the skin pigment called melanin. Some examples of hyperpigmentation are freckles, sun spots, age spots, under-eye dark circles and melasma. It is relatively common and generally a harmless condition. However, for some people, hyperpigmentation may be an aesthetic annoyance as it can affect any part of the body including the face, neck and hands.

What causes hyperpigmentation?

There are various causes of hyperpigmentation from overexposure to the sun, picking at the skin and certain medications such as antibiotics, hormone treatments, and anti-seizure drugs. Although, for some it can simply be a hereditary condition.

How do we treat hyperpigmentation?

Depending on the client, we treat hyperpigmentation with laser treatments, medical grade skin care products or a combination of laser treatment and medical grade skin care products.