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Choosing the Right Acne Treatment

Every acne case is different. At our skin clinic, we offer customized acne treatments, from chemical peels to laser therapy, to give you the most comprehensive skin care in Kelowna. 

Acne is one of the most common skin conditions in Canada. It develops most commonly during the teenage years and in the early 20s for most patients.

It is characterized by symptoms such as:

  • Clogged pores (pimples, whiteheads and blackheads)
  • Papules (raised lesions)
  • Pustules (raised lesions with pus)
  • Cysts (nodules filled with pus or fluid)

However, no two cases of acne are the same. That’s why, at our Kelowna skin clinic, we offer individualized acne treatments based on your lifestyle, skin type, acne severity and treatment history.

From chemical peels & microdermabrasion, to innovative laser pulse therapy, our skin care specialists have the experience and knowledge to develop custom acne treatment plans that will give you the healthy, beautiful skin you’ve always wanted.


Which Acne Treatment is Right For You?

At Okanagan Skin Clinic, our physicians and skin care professionals work together with you to create the best customized and most effective acne treatments in Kelowna.

Whether you are searching for severe acne treatments or you suffer from the occasional breakout, our team can get you on the path to a beautiful complexion.

1. Mild Acne

If you have mild acne, good skin care and use of topical medications (e.g benzoyl peroxide, salicylic acid or azelaic acid) will usually help to keep the condition under control. However, you must give them approximately 6-8 weeks to work.

These products work by:

  • Removing dead skin cells & excess oil to unclog the pores
  • Killing bacteria in oily, blocked pores
  • Reducing inflammation (redness and swelling)
Mild Acne Scar Treatment

Common procedures to improve the appearance of mild acne scars include chemical peels and microdermabrasion. Not only do they peel away the dead & damaged skin cells, they also stimulate collagen secretion, which can improve the look of your skin.

The Best Peels For Acne Scars


2. Moderate Acne

Treatment for moderate acne usually includes the topical agents described above. In addition, oral medication may be prescribed for at least 3-6 months.

Suitable oral medications include:

1. Antibiotics, such as tetracycline, minocycline or erythromycin

2. Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medication such as ibuprofen or naproxen. However, because of their potential adverse effects, they may not be suitable for long term use.

3. For persistent acne, oral isotretinoin may be more suitable

**When oral antibiotics are discontinued, treatment must be maintained long-term by continuing topical therapy **

Moderate Acne Scar Treatment

Often, laser treatment is best for moderate acne scars. Chemical peels and fraxel laser resurfacing are extremely effective in the treatment of dark spots that may result from acne.

There are many options available for the treatment of acne scarring. It is best to consult a skin care specialist about which one is the safest and best choice for you.


3. Severe Acne

If you have severe acne, you should consult a skin care specialist straight away. A combination of antibiotic tablets and topical treatments is usually the first option to help clear your skin.

In addition, your dermatologist may recommend:

  • V-beam laser
  • Chemical peels
  • Photodynamic therapy
  • Cryotherapy
Customized Acne Treatments

At our skin clinic, we use the advanced VISIA digital analysis system to determine your unique skin profile and tailor your acne treatment plan to suit your specific requirements.

VISIA also allows our skin care experts to monitor your treatment progress and make any necessary changes to ensure you receive the safest, most effective results.

Visia Skin Analysis


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To find out more about the costs & benefits of the customized acne treatments at our Kelowna skin clinic, contact our skin care specialists at 250-868-9290 or fill in the online contact form.

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Donna McAteer

Donna McAteer

Donna is the general manager and has been with the Okana­gan Skin Care Cen­tre for over 14 years. She is a certified Es­theti­cian and previous business owner with over 20 years enjoying the skin care industry. Her passion for knowledge, integral client care and maintaining a syn­er­gis­tic team that represents professional excellence in skin care remains her focus.

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