Category Archives: Acne

How Imbalanced Hormones are Affecting Your Skin, and What You Can Do About it

Here in Calgary, we at SkinScience Clinic make it our life’s mission to not only treat your skin, but educate you on it: after all, what is the point in treatment if it’s not conveyable, science-backed, and aiding you in your quest for long-term beautiful skin?

That’s why our treatments aren’t simply skin-deep—external treatments must work in conjunction with your efforts to balance your complexion from the inside-out, and internally combating imbalanced hormones is key to healthy, glowing skin.

How and Why Do Hormones Impact Your Skin?

Hormones are molecules produced in the endocrine glands and are transferred to the bloodstream in order to bind to cell sites called “receptors”. They are in charge of metabolizing food, managing inflammation, deciding your sleep cycle, controlling your reproductive functions, and your general body development. So what does this mean, and how do imbalanced hormones affect your skin?

Well, because balanced hormones are the deciding factor in our body’s performing their best, when they are imbalanced those functions begin to slow. Visceral fat, scarring even after minor injuries, high blood pressure, and chronic illness can all be signals that your hormones are not balanced. Know what else can signal that? When your post-treatment results from SkinScience Clinic weren’t as visible as you’d hoped for.

Excessive sebum, stubborn scarring, premature signs of aging, and inflammation are all telltale signs of imbalanced hormones affecting your skin, even after medical spa treatments. Acne is another common red flag: attributed to both teenage and adult breakouts, the term “hormonal acne” was coined to describe chronic acne linked to imbalanced hormones.

“Marie, That Sounds Like Me! How Can I Confirm if My Hormones are Imbalanced?”

Being aware of the state of your hormones is beneficial long-term, so being mindful of warning symptoms will help to alert you if your hormones are becoming imbalanced.

We recommend visiting your primary healthcare provider, naturopath doctor, or medicine doctor in order to undergo a physical and/or blood test in order to determine if your hormone levels are normal. Proactive testing can help to diagnose conditions that impact hormone levels, such as polycystic ovarian syndrome.

How SkinScience Recommends Keeping Your Hormones Balanced (and Minimizing Already-Imbalanced Hormones)

While we feature many services and products (both in our clinic and on our online store) that aim to reduce how deeply imbalanced hormones affect your skin, as we stated above, ensuring that you are treating your body right is half the battle. Science suggests that engaging in the following (in coordination with medical spa treatments and prescribed oral supplements) can combat the effects of imbalanced hormones:

·        Hydrate: Consuming the recommended intake of water (3.7 litres for men, 2.7 for women) works to lubricate your joints, circulate oxygen throughout the body, fight premature aging, flush bodily weight, and aid in overall body function.

·        Switch to a plant-based diet: If done correctly (as in, limiting processed foods and dairy—foods many scientists link to imbalanced hormones) a plant-based diet is suggested to balance hormones. However, regardless of your diet an emphasis on fibre, cruciferous vegetables, healthy fats, and a consistent eating schedule is ideal for managing imbalanced hormones.

·        A consistent sleep schedule: Because of stress and a lack of sleep being proven contributors to imbalanced hormones, a consistent sleep schedule can help train your body to mitigate stress, better retain information we have gathered throughout the day, and synthesize hormones.

·        Limit the intake of sugar, refined carbs, and alcohol: Linked closely to imbalanced hormones, both sugar and refined carbs cause insulin to spike, resulting in breakouts and inflammation. When our hormones are compromised, our ability to manage insulin decreases. The result? Consistent acne and inflammation if our hormones are imbalanced.

·        Exercise: Exercising increases our metabolism, decreases stress, and aids in a better sleep—all key components to balancing hormones!

·        Mitigate stress: Due to stress causing hormonal flare-ups, engaging in breathing exercise, meditation, or yoga can help to keep hormone-linked weight gain, breakouts, and fitful sleep at bay.

 The Bottom Line

At SkinScience, we pride ourselves on our customized skin care treatments that lead people to the skin of their dreams regardless of their pre-existing conditions. Each initial consultation includes an in-depth physical and computer image analysis of your skin, meaning that our experts can diagnose the underlying causes and remedies for your skin’s needs. We review your images for sun damage, pore size, pore visibility, elasticity, inflammation, sensitivity, and more.

Part of that customized skin care treatment includes home care routine, supplement, and treatment recommendations. Now that you know the bottom line of how and why hormones affect your skin, contact us today in order to get personalized recommendations that will work in tandem to help you achieve the beautiful skin you’ve been longing for. 

The SkinScience Overview: Your Lifestyle’s Impact on Your Complexion

The SkinScience Overview: Your Lifestyle’s Impact on Your Complexion

We’ve all heard the saying “You are what you eat”, but how aware were you that your lifestyle directly impacts your skin?

Marie Bertrand, founder of SkinScience Clinic, ensures that each and every one of our clients is aware not only of what our treatments can do for their skin, but also what they can change in their own day-to-day lives to benefit their skin long-term. We pride ourselves on being one of the few clinics in Calgary that base our operations around ethical, science-based, and personalized skin care procedures and recommendations, and as such focus on educating our clients above all else.

Today’s educational spotlight? Lifestyle, and how yours is directly impacting your skin!

What Classifies as “Lifestyle”?

“Lifestyle” collectively refers to opinions, behaviours, and interests—which is why positive changes to yours can, in turn, yield beneficial changes to your skin! In fact, some scientific studies have claimed that following the four healthy lifestyle habits below can lengthen your lifespan by more than a decade (as well as ensure that your skin is combating premature aging, inflammation, and acne):

·        Being consistent in your exercise routine: A consistent exercising routine can aid in mitigating your risk of a heart attack, lowering cholesterol, strengthen your bones, bolster your energy levels—as well as keeping your skin healthier due to the myokines that consistent exercise produces. Exercise also works to regulate the second bullet on this list, which is…

·        Maintaining a healthy weight: Going hand-in-hand with exercise, adjusting your lifestyle to include maintaining a healthy weight is beneficial not just for a healthy complexion, but better health long-term. A healthy weight drastically lowers the risk of non-insulin related diabetes, back and joint tension, a compromised immune system, heart disease, and stroke.

·        Focusing on a nutritious diet: Sensing a pattern yet? Proven to reduce the duration and severity of acne and inflammation, limiting your red meat, sugar, refined carbs, alcohol, and dairy intake (especially chocolate milk!) is a lifestyle change that will be beneficial not only for your waistline, but your skin as well. Plus, while reaching for that tub of ice cream after a long day at work may release endorphins in the short-term, focusing a nutritious lifestyle is what ups your happiness long-term.

·        Stress less: Premature aging, irritation, excess sebum, thinning skin… leading a stressful lifestyle directly impacts your complexion, which is why we here at SkinScience urge you to take up yoga, meditation, reading, or any other stress-relieving practices that work within your day-to-day timeframe.  

Tips for Making Healthy Lifestyle Changes

Sure, we all know that leading a healthy lifestyle is vital for beautiful skin regardless of the season—however, making those changes can be daunting even for the most eager. Luckily, the definition of a healthy lifestyle will vary depending on the person: teenagers may indulge in sports for their daily dose of exercise; new parents might frequent the playground with their children; retirees could enjoy cooking, yoga, or gardening.

Making healthy, sustainable lifestyle changes that make you happy and fit in with your day-to-day are essential not only for your complexion, but for your overall well-being. Research has proven that leading a healthy lifestyle that focuses on de-stressing positively impacts both your complexion and the stability of your hormones.

SkinScience’s recommendations for how to start making these changes? One word: prioritizing. Starting out with something small, such as meeting your recommended daily water intake, can be the first step towards a healthy lifestyle without immediately overwhelming you. Adjusting your perspective from “I don’t have to” to “I choose to prioritize this” is key to turning your life (and complexion!) around for the better.

Why SkinScience Clinic Cannot Recommend a Healthy Lifestyle Enough—Especially in Regards for your Skin

Here at SkinScience, we consider the treatment of your skin to be a treatment of your overall health and well-being: our science-backed services work hand-in-hand with our personalized nutrition, supplement, and home care recommendations to ensure that  your radiant skin is the result of your entire body functioning at its best.

Whether you are grappling with acne, inflammation, melasma, premature aging, hirsutism, or other common skin conditions, treatment of your body from the inside-out is vital—and that starts with a healthy lifestyle. If you live here in Calgary, book a consultation at our downtown location to receive a thorough analysis of your skin that our experts will build their recommendations around. And if you don’t? Our online store features science-backed products tailored to all skin conditions categorized by brand and product type for your ease of shopping.

Be sure to comment below and let us know what lifestyle changes you have implemented—or are planning to implement!

Microneedling: How SkinScience Clinic Takes it to the Next Level

While we recently briefed Calgary on the ins and outs of microneedling, we had to follow up to explain why exactly we here at SkinScience Clinic are so passionate about the treatment.

Here at SkinScience, we don’t believe in cookie-cutter approaches to skin: we throw our weight behind science-backed solutions, education, and personalization for each and every client that walks through our door… and with eight years of microneedling experience, we pride ourselves, in true SkinScience-style, in elevating the microneedling experience to being the most effective it can be.

A Refresher on Microneedling

Used to treat common skin complaints such as age spots, fine lines and wrinkles, discolouration, acne scars, and visible signs of aging, microneedling is a minimally-invasive cosmetic treatment that dates back to the 1990s. By utilizing thin sterilized needles to puncture the surface layer of your skin to cause minor trauma and, consequently, trigger the “derma”—the deeper layer of skin—to rebuild, microneedling triggers collagen and helps to plump skin while reducing scarring, wrinkles, pigmentation, and rosacea.

Painless, safe for all skin types, and requiring zero downtime, it’s no wonder why microneedling has become one of SkinScience’s most popular treatments here in Calgary.

Why is SkinScience’s Microneedling the Best in Calgary?

We’re glad you asked! Throughout SkinScience’s eight years of microneedling experience (and over 50 years in overall combined skincare experience!), we’ve ensured that our clients here in Calgary receive the most thorough treatments possible.

When experiencing microneedling treatments here at SkinScience, you can expect:

  • A total prep and treatment time of 60 – 75 min for a single treated area, and 75 – 90 min for two treated areas
  • The option of upgrading to Fractora— microneedling combined with radiofrequency in order to more effectively reduce the look of stretch marks, deep acne scars, wrinkles on the face, neck and/or chest, and enlarged pores— for $800 – $999, with a discount for the second area if desired
  •  The use of numbing cream for improved comfort if the DermaPen or Fractora is chosen for administration
  •  The option to boost your microneedling treatment by adding: purified cocktail of regenerative growth factors to your treatment for an additional $100 or 15 – 20 min of LED Red Light Therapy to accelerate skin renewal for an additional $95
  • Aftercare that includes Avene thermal spa water and AnteAGE growth factors
  • Education on the 24 hours post-treatment, which includes recommendations on which activities to avoid and which products to opt for while your skin is healing

Immediate benefits include skin tightening, the reduction of fine lines and wrinkles, the plumping of skin, an instantaneous glow, and a decrease in visible scars and colouration. While rough texture and redness is common post-treatment, these side-effects should subside within the first 48 hours, and any minor discomfort will fade within seven days (or earlier, depending on the length of the needles used).

Customizing treatments to each client’s skin goals is so important, which is why we take the extra step and offer science-backed add-ons and post-treatment topicals: since microneedling can boost product absorption by up to 1000%, our topicals are carefully chosen in order to help you surpass your skin goals. Both our optional purified growth factors and our post-treatment AnteAGE MD growth factors are specifically engineered to help your skin retain its renewed firmness and elasticity longer.

So What Are You Waiting For?

Winter is the safest month to have microneedling treatments performed on your skin due to the lower risk of sunburn, so don’t wait until Spring to get your glow on! The ideal duration of microneedling sessions is one every 4 – 6 weeks.

Whether you’re already in love with microneedling or still needing to experience the benefits yourself, book your appointment with us today and let us get you the skin of your dreams.

SkinScience Clinic: Calgary’s Microneedling Experts

Hey Calgary, did you know that we here at SkinScience Clinic have 50+ years of combined experience of skin therapy? That’s right. Now that you’ve picked your jaw up off the floor (and who could blame you?), did you know that eight of those years has been dedicated to microneedling? Even though microneedling is seen as a hot “new” treatment in skin therapy this year– and, as such, as only just hit mainstream consumers– we here at SkinScience have been performing them safely and effectively as part of our advanced skin therapy service for eight years. 

What does that mean? Well, those eight years entail thousands of microneedling treatments safely performed, thousands of clients who have had their skin transformed through our microneedling expertise, and thousands of innovative healing growth factors post-treatment utilized to maximize clients’ outcomes. 

While we could talk until we’re blue in the face about what we do to ensure that your treatment is as effective as humanly possible—which believe me, we can— what we’re here to chat about today is what those years of experience have taught us about microneedling… and, in turn, what we can teach you.

To Start: What Exactly IS Microneedling?

Whether you’ve been a part of the SkinScience family for seven days or seven years, you’ll know this about us: our two founding principles include science and education, and we wield both to help us see our clients achieve their dream skin. That means that, before recommending any product, supplement, or treatment, we dedicate ourselves to educate you on what they are and how they work to benefit you.

Microneedling (also known as “collagen induction therapy”) is a professional cosmetic treatment that optimizes multiple thin, sterile needles that puncture the surface layer of your skin in order to cause minor trauma. This trauma triggers the “dermis”—the deeper layer of skin— to rebuild collagen and elastin, which, in turn, plumps the skin and targets a variety of skin concerns (including, but not limited to, laxity, scarring, fine lines, wrinkles, pigmentation, and rosacea).

Post-treatment, skin feels tightened, acne scars appear faded, discolouration has diminished, and the look of pores has shrunk. Alongside its many benefits, microneedling is also touted for its zero downtime, painlessness, and safety for all skin types.

“I Hear People Talking About Fractora Is That the Same as Microneedling?”

The short answer? Yes and no.

The long answer? Fractora is a radiofrequency microneedling device that combines the puncturing of microneedling with radiofrequency to enhance both methods. Opting to specifically utilize Fractora is perfect for candidates interested in microneedling that suffer from deep acne scars, enlarged pores, stretch marks, lines around the mouth, and/or fine-to-medium wrinkles on the neck.

“So Now That I Have a Better Understanding of What Microneedling Is, What Should I Expect During My Treatment?”

Don’t worry, Calgary: while we can hear the anxiety in this question, we promise that it really is as low-impact as it sounds. At a reputable clinic such as SkinScience, your microneedling experience will follow the lines of:

·        A total prep and treatment time of 60 – 70 min for a single area and 75 – 90 min for two areas

·        If your skincare specialist is using a DermaPen or Fractora, a numbing cream will be applied for improved comfort during the treatment

·        Aftercare that includes treatment-enhancing topicals

·       Education for your first 24 hours after your treatment, which includes avoiding sweating, taking hot showers, and the reminder to keep your skin hydrated, as well as avoid harsh products (including exfoliators and alcohol-based toners)

·        The potential for rough skin texture and redness within the first 48 hours

·        Mild discomfort that ebbs within seven days

How Safe is Microneedling?

The most common areas to treat with microneedling are the face, neck, chest, and abdomen, and, as such, many people hear of the treatment’s benefits and clamour to try it themselves. Can you guess why we can’t recommend that you follow suit?

While microneedling is safe for all skin types, scheduling an appointment with a skincare specialist is vital: only a professional will be able to determine if you are a good candidate for microneedling, as skin conditions such as rosacea and acne can experience flare-ups after microneedling treatments. Microneedling also differs from dermarolling, which is a tool that can be used at home by those who have the know-how—microneedling’s penetrative needles are longer than a dermaroller’s, meaning that microneedling’s superior length is what encourages the skin to rebuild collagen. However, dermarolling at home without proper education can also risk infection. 

Lastly, while microneedling isn’t painful, attempting to do it yourself (or have an untrained aesthetician perform microneedling on your skin) can injure your skin long-term: by not having a professional gauge how deeply they should be penetrating each area of your skin, you can find yourself not only gritting your teeth against discomfort, but also skin that is damaged without the reparative benefits of microneedling done properly.

When done right, however? You’ll be treated to an instantaneous glow, an improvement in overall skin texture, see a reduction in common skin complaints such as age spots, wrinkles, and discolouration, and even a boost in collagen of of up to 400%.

Looking to Book Your Next Microneedling Treatment?

Get in touch today to experience first-hand why we’re Calgary’s leaders on microneedling—and be sure to comment below which microneedling fact surprised you the most!

Marie’s Favourite Skin Supplements

Below, you will find links to some of Marie’s preferred supplements. SkinScience does not sell supplements, so this list is a free resource we have created in the hope it will make your life a little easier.

The needs for supplementation varies with every individual. Consult with a licensed healthcare practitioner before altering or discontinuing any current medications, treatment or care, or starting any diet, exercise or supplementation program, or if you have or suspect you might have a health condition that requires medical attention.



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