Fight acne with light

Acne isn’t you. You aren’t your blemishes and scars. If you feel that your acne is keeping you from presenting your true self to the world, that others focus on your flaws instead of you, you’re not alone.

This chronic skin disorder is common in Canada and throughout the world, impacting millions of people.

Acne develops when the pores in the skin become clogged and oils and bacteria are trapped inside. Microcomedones develop into whiteheads and blackheads. If they become inflamed, pimples, pustules, and cysts can develop. They can be unsightly, uncomfortable, and even painful.

There are many factors that contribute to acne—hormones, among them—but it’s important to remember it’s not your fault. You didn’t cause your acne. But you can do something about it, with help from Gidon Aesthetics and MediSpa.

My acne clinic in Toronto was the first in the area to offer Levulan photodynamic therapy, which can improve your acne condition without your taking oral medication. This procedure involves applying Levulan to your skin—where it sits for half an hour to an hour—then exposing it to light for a fraction of that time.

Once activated, the Levulan works with the light to shrink pores and oil glands and destroy the pimple-causing bacteria. Even the light itself, without the Levulan, can kill bacteria over about eight treatment sessions in mild acne cases. It won’t make the problem go away, but it will help you get it under control for several months. Plus, it can go a long way toward reducing scarring.

Of course, topical or oral medications, other acne-clearing treatments, and scar-reducing procedures might be the solution for you. That’s why, at my acne clinic, each patient is assessed as an individual and recommended a specific course of treatment. You’re a person, not a problem.

Written by Dr. Martie Gidon

Gidon Aesthetics and MediSpa - Center for Laser Skin Resurfacing, Laser Skin Tightening and Cellulite Treatment. Cosmetic Dermatology practice of Dr Martie Gidon in Toronto providing a wide range of laser and light based therapies. +Martie Gidon

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