Bye-bye Bad Skin
by Jill Dunn
Breakouts can leave souvenir scars that are as pesky as any zit. “Some people experience red or brown post-acne inflammation marks that linger for months, while others have more severe scarring,” says Dr. Lisa Kellett, a cosmetic dermatologist based in Toronto.
A professional skin treatment, like microdermabrasion or a chemical peel, is the best way to treat scars, says Kellett. Both offer intense exfoliation to slough away the “scarred” cells and reveal smoother skin. It typically takes a series of treatments over six to eight weeks to see a complete improvement. If the scars are more severe, she recommends adding an intense pulsed light (IPL) laser treatment, which uses multiple wavelengths of light to smooth the skin and treat redness and hyperpigmentation. A single microdermabrasion session costs about $150, while IPL runs about $500 per treatment.
One glow staffer tried the microdermabrasion and IPL option: “I’ve always shied away from microdermabrasion because I thought it would be too abrasive on my super-sensitive skin, but I was impressed with how gentle it was, and I loved how clear my skin looked afterwards,” she says. “It was much more effective than the one I do at home – my scars were less noticeable, for sure. The addition of IPL helped make my skin have a more even texture.” and prevents break-outs.