Top 10 Acne Fixes

We talk a lot about our years of combined experience.  It’s safe to say we’ve learned a few things over the years.  Here are our Top 10 Acne Fixes:

  • Don’t pick. If this could be number 2 and 3 without being redundant it would be. To say don’t pick is incredibly cliché. Every magazine article about acne will tell you the same. Having said that, anyone at SkinScience can honestly tell you that the worst things we’ve have had to correct in peoples skin over the years is hands down because they picked or squeezed or scratched or poked acne breakouts on their own face.
  • Cut the sugar. As painful as it is to hear, it needs to be cut. I know, I know….. it tastes so good! But the link between inflammation and sugar has been absolutely proven. So work at removing it from your diet, especially the sneaky sugar hiding in so many packaged foods (many with “Healthy” labels!).
  • Exfoliate. You probably read this one and went, “um, no kidding!”. With acne though, exfoliating does not mean ‘scrubbing’. When you have acne, using the wrong scrub can actually increase inflammation which can lead to more breakouts. Its best to exfoliate acne prone skin with and AHA (alpha hydroxyl acid) or a BHA (beta hydroxyl acid) or both. (For the record, at SkinScience we only retail two scrubs, so finding one we approve of is hard, if in doubt, bring it in and we will check it out for you)
  • Ditch the makeup. Well, not all makeups. But definitely any foundation labeled “Long Lasting” (or akin), be very careful with any heavy coverage foundations. Unfortunately, if the molecular size of the ingredients in a makeup are too large to penetrate into a pore it can be labeled “non-comedigenic”, but this doesn’t mean that it won’t cause clogged pores by trapping oil and dead skin cells in a pore instead of letting it all out.
  • Reduce inflammation. This one can be a bit trickier, but it is so important. Pay attention to things that trigger an inflammatory response in your skin, and avoid them. Better yet, find products that contain ingredients like Niacinamide and Hexamidine which can reduce existing inflammation.
  • Nix bacteria. No brainer. Cleansing daily with an antimicrobial cleanser can make a world of difference in acne prone skin. Just make sure to avoid ingredients that can strip the skin as well and trigger that inflammatory response!
  • It’s often counter intuitive to hydrate skin that can be oily. But so many times, skin is oily BECAUSE it’s not hydrated properly. When your skin gets dehydrated, it compensates for the lack of water by increasing oil production. So, find a lightweight, oil free, silicone free serum or moisturizer.
  • Invest in a professional extraction. Repeat up to 3-4 times a year if needed. It’s not fair, you’ve been told to not pick at your own face, and now you have to get someone else to do it? A professional extraction is very different. Your risk of scarring is significantly reduced when you allow an experienced, trained professional to remove clogged pores. It is also more effective, and when done properly won’t increase acne breakouts.
  • Use a good Mineral SPF. Minerals are amazing. Not only do they protect your skin from the sun, (which can cause inflammation, increase oil production, and make acne scarring worse) but mineral SPF’s are also anti-inflammatory! In addition, they create an environment where bacteria cannot reproduce. A definite must have for acne prone skin.
  • Get a proper evaluation of your acne by an experienced professional. So many people struggle for years trying products that don’t work, or self-diagnosing and treating without having the required knowledge This can end up making things worse and wasting a small fortune in the process. Spend the time to get your acne looked at by an expert, and a proper plan in place to help heal your acne and prevent new acne from forming.


We would love to help you discover the causes of your acne and help you create the plan that clears your skin for good! Call to book your consultation and start on your path to clear skin today!


(403) 287-1477

Acne and Oily Skin? Activated Charcoal to the Rescue! #IngredientHighlight #NoFilter

DID YOU KNOW ~ that Charcoal can be transformed into Activated Charcoal, which can then be used in cosmetic products? ???


Activated Charcoal is a form of carbon processed to have small, numerous pores that increase the surface area to adsorb different particles like oil, dirt, makeup, bacteria and other micro-particles. It helps improve complexion, reduce oiliness and unclog pores.


Our favorite Activated Charcoal product? /react-text @boscia react-text: 2094 Luminizing Black Mask – a pore-purifying peel-off mask for a visibly clearer, smoother, more clarified skin. Available at Sephora. (Because Biore strips are sooooo 2003!!)
#Charcoal #IngredientHighlight #NoFilter

Only 4 Tickets Left!

As many of you have heard, tomorrow night (Thursday the 23rd of March) is our first event of this year. This event is all about acne; and we have FOUR TICKETS still available!


Just in case you missed our previous posts about this fun evening, here is what we have planned:



Yummy snacks!

Acne treatment demonstrations!

Event promotions!   (Products and services that are only available if you have purchased a ticket and are in attendance)


We will have 20% off our favourite Acne Treatment Duos!


Duo one: Vivier Hexam Cleanser and Lexxel Moisturizer

Duo two: SkinSeuticals Blemish and Age Solution and Clarifying Clay Masque

Duo three: Dermaquest Dermaclear Serum and Dermaclear Pads


We have a very limited number of each duo, and again, only available for purchase if you have purchased a ticket and are in attendance!


We will also be offering:


3 Acne Peels for $300 (Save $75!) – All our chemical peels for acne are customized for each client.


10% off all 5 Weeks to Clear Skin Packages – Combine the power of acne peels and acne laser for a treatment that targets the root causes of acne!


Lastly, anyone that brings a friend that is new to SkinScience (has not had consult or treatments with us before) can enter to win a prize basket valued at $350! It is full of new and exciting skin care products and a treatment!


Marie and Mikelle will be in attendance all evening, so any acne questions you have can be answered.


We are looking forward to this fun night and sharing some exciting things with our clients that are able to attend!  We hope to see you there!


To purchase one of the few remaining tickets, call the clinic at:


Pineapple Exfoliation? Yes, please! #IngredientHighlight #NoFilter

DID YOU KNOW ~ that Bromelain is an enzyme extracted from pineapple juice & pineapple stems, that has exfoliating and skin soothing properties?


Bromelain is a cosmetic ingredient that is often used in more natural  skin care products. Bromelain contains a mix of proteases (enzymes that break down proteins, like little PacMans) that help digest dead skin cells. This process leads to accelerated regeneration/exfoliation of the top layer of the epidermis, resulting in glowing, smooth, and more even skin.

Our favorite product containing Bromelain is the DermaQuest Essential Daily Cleanser.

Rich in pineapple and papaya enzymes, this gentle exfoliating cleanser also contain grape seed extract (a great antioxidant), aloe vera (a proven anti-inflammatory), grapefruit and vitamin E for gentle, yet effective cleansing.

Meet Sam; A Real Life Acne Story

I met Sam* several years ago, when he was just 14. At that time he had been struggling with acne for 3 years already. His acne had been diagnosed as being “Grade 4”, the most severe clinical diagnosis for acne you can get. He struggled with multiple painful cysts, that were very red, very swollen and very uncomfortable.  He had been made fun of at school on several occasion and was feeling very self-conscious. The day I met Sam, he couldn’t look me in the eye.


He had a dedicated mother.  She had taken him to several different doctors over the years.  They had tried the same prescriptions over and over with limited to no success. Most recently before meeting Sam and his Mom, they had visited two separate dermatologists.  Both had said that Accutane™ (Roche©) was his only option. Sam had an older brother, with some significant medical concerns that made Accutane™**  a contraindication for him.  Although Sam had not been diagnosed at this time, he exhibited many of the symptoms that his brother had prior to diagnosis, and because of this his mother did not want Sam to pursue that specific course of treatment (both Dermatologists agreed).


When I met them both for the first time, they were exhausted by everything they had been through. They were exhausted by the lack of results. I committed to listen, give them my undivided attention, and do my best.


We started at the beginning, a thorough history of Sam’s skin. An easy to follow 3 step skin care program at home that worked with the topical prescriptions that his Doctor had given him. We discussed all treatment options, and decided that a combination of Acne IPL Light Therapy (Laser) treatments and mini peels (5 Weeks to Clear Skin). Sam and his mom understood that as his acne was more severe than most, he would need more visits, to get results.  They followed through and were dedicated! They saw me twice a week for 2 months, and then continued on once a week for another month. It was a slow process, but we got there! After that initial 3 months, Sam’s acne had reduced significantly! He was thrilled! He still had the occasional breakout, but he referred to it as “the normal teenager stuff, not the taking over my face stuff”.


The best part for me, was when he could start looking me in the eye and even occasionally smiling!


I continued to see Sam and his Mom for almost a year for occasional maintenance treatments. I’m happy to say it’s been a long time since they’ve needed to see me.


I share Sam’s story, so hopefully you can see that with patience, and persistence, amazing results can be achieved.


To learn more about acne procedures that can help you, come to our acne night! Tickets can be purchased by calling our front desk 403-287-1477 – we’d love to see you!

#Acne #Solutions #Calgary #YYC


* Names have been changed for client confidentiality purposes.

**At SkinScience we are not Physicians, and as such, do not diagnose. We do not condemn or endorse any specific medical treatments. We acknowledge that there are times when Accutane™  may be the best course.  We also respect your decision so make the best choice for yourself in conjunction with your Doctor.