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Jhoenna has taken her 15 years of experience in the beauty industry and known expertise to develop the Dérmica line of results-driven esthetic treatments that are sure to surpass your expectations!

How do I fix dry flaky skin on my face?

dry flaky skin on face

Winter skincare for very dry skin

Can’t seem to get rid of dry flaky skin on your face? Customizing your winter skin care routine will help you combat the drying effects of the season. To be most effective with your treatment, you must first understand the signals your skin is displaying which will allow you to respond appropriately. So let us address some common winter skin care concerns.

Why does skin flake despite copious amounts of moisturizer?

When faced with cooler temperatures, your skin’s natural response is to slow its metabolic rate. This includes the rate at which your skin regenerates, It is also known as the cell turnover rate.

The cell turnover rate of your skin determines how frequently dried cells at the surface shed and regenerate. When this process slows down, you get a buildup of dead cells resulting in flaking skin, fine lines, and dry patches. These layers of dead cells also block vital nutrients and moisture from absorbing into the fresh cells. This explains why no amount of product seems to relieve the dryness.

Introducing regular exfoliation to your skin care routine will help increase your cell turnover rate throughout the winter months. In addition, it will help maintain it at an active level. Exfoliation is achieved using chemical or manual exfoliants. While they both offer resurfacing benefits, they differ in procedure and interaction with the skin.

Addressing dry skin at home

Manual exfoliants will give a great skin scrubbing massage while sloughing away dead skin cells. Manual exfoliants are not recommended for sensitive or acneic skin types. 

enzymatic exfoliant

Enzymatic exfoliants containing fruit enzymes, AHA, or BHA, react with the skin on a chemical level by dissolving the binding matter between the skin cells causing them to gently lift and rinse away. The active ingredients and intensity vary depending on concentration level and quality of the acids and enzymes.

Look for products containing lactic acid for AHA benefits. This hydrating milk acid is excellent for gently dissolving surface cells, boosting hydration, balancing pH, and brightening dull complexion.

Finally, consider using Hyaluronic Acid in your skincare routine for added moisture. This excellent hydrating ingredient can attract and hold 1000 times its weight in water, making it a must have for dry skin. Hyaluronic acid can be found in many products, most commonly, serums and moisturizers.

Spa treatments for dry skin

Photofacials, chemical peels, and traditional facials are an excellent way to eliminate flaking skin and bring plump new cells to the surface. Amongst the many benefits these treatments offer, they also speed up the skins cell turnover rate, boost collagen production, resurface, brighten complexion, and restore vital moisture and hydration.

Try our Treatment Selection Guide to learn more and find the right treatment to get rid of the dry flaky skin on your face.

Dérmica MedEsthetics
(780) 885 7108

IPL laser treatments and female chin hair

What are the causes of female chin hair?

In short, female chin hair causes come from hormones.

However, what is driving those hormones to produce that excess hair growth is dependent on the person’s health. It could be caused by certain health conditions. For example, Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome. One of the major side effects is excess hair growth on the lower half of the face for women. There are of course other reasons for hormonal imbalances but that is the most common condition by name that we come across that cause the growth of excess female chin hair.

Another female chin hair cause is genetics. Certain people are more prone to this pattern of hair growth. Also, menopause can cause this as well as the hormones fluctuate drastically at this point.

Do IPL/ laser treatments damage the organs?

No, it does not cause damage to the internal organs because it does not interact with those organs. However, it does interact with the body’s largest organ- the skin. Although our treatment target is a structure that is found within the skin, we do not go any deeper than nanometers in depth into the skin.

Does IPL hair removal affect fertility?

No, it does not affect fertility given the fact that it IPL laser treatments do not interact with those organs. These treatments interact strictly with the skin. However, it is not recommended to have IPL or laser treatments if you are pregant, breastfeeding, or are actively trying to become pregnant. The reason being is that any form of light therapy is a form of radiation.

The amount of radiation output varies, however, it is very light in comparison to ultrasounds or x-rays for example. It is very minimal as far as the exposure, but when you are trying to conceive it’s just best to avoid any extra radiation especially because there already exposure during ultrasounds and other procedures that the mom may behaving on a medical level.

Peace, Love, and Great Skin!

Dérmica MedEsthetics
(780) 885 7108

Acne Breakouts and your Menstrual Cycle

acne breakouts during your period

Minimize the damage left by acne breakouts during your period

Body hormonal levels are different during the menstrual cycle, and hormones typically affect the skin, hair and nail growth.

Although you cannot prevent your body from producing hormonal acne, (especially during that time of the month) you can do things to minimize the effects of acne breakouts during your period.

For example,

  • the scarring
  • how many blemishes will pop up
  • the length of time the blemishes will last
acne breakouts during your period
Avoid anything that grazes the jawline.

Minimize the effects by fighting back with the appropriate products. Anything that contains salicylic acid will help to reduce the inflammation that surrounds blemishes and will help to clear out those pores. In addition, avoid touching/picking at the area. During this time, avoid wearing high collars or anything that grazes the jawline.

It is normal for a couple of new blemishes to pop up in the lower region of the face around that time of the month. If you have excessive amounts it may be something that you want to take up with your physician. There could be a hormonal imbalance.

Do you offer treatments to treat acne that I get from my period?

Just when your face clears up again, here she comes to wreck the day! Luckily, we offer the Dérmica Pore Facial.

This facial was developed as a treatment for acneic, acne prone, and blemished skin.

Blackhead extractions can take 15-30 minutes depending on the skin condition. They can also leave the skin looking irritated for 1-2 hours. Once the pores are cleared, they can remain clear for up to 8 weeks.  

Book your PORE acne facial in Edmonton!
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Peace, Love, and Great Skin!

Dérmica MedEsthetics
(780) 885 7108

Mens Waxing YEG

Traditionally, men’s waxing involves the use of warm wax, typically honey or pine resin-based, and cloth strips.

Preparing for your appointment

Located in YEG, Dérmica offers Mens waxing. We are here to help you prepare for your appointment, as well as provide some facts about our waxing service.

mens waxing yeg

What can I expect?

The esthetician first preps the area by disinfecting and applying a protective barrier to the skin. The warm wax is then applied using a wooden spatula and covered with a cloth strip; this is referred to as strip waxing or soft waxing. The strip is then quickly pulled off parallel to the skin and voila your skin is left smooth and hair free!

Prior to booking a wax service ensure your hair is at least ¼ inch long, and has not been sunburned, treated with AHA/BHA, or prescription acne medications. Avoid caffeine for a couple hours before your appointment to reduce sensitivity. Results are visible for about 2 weeks, with 4-6 weeks before you are ready for your next visit. After care for waxing includes: avoiding heat, sun exposure, strong/fragranced, lotions, and washes for 24 hours and frequent skin exfoliation.

Mens waxing facts

  • Results last longer than shaving
  • Hair grows back thinner and less-apparent each time you wax
  • Shows details of chest and back musculature
  • Helps with body odour by removing sweat-producing hair
  • Removes dead skin cells making your skin feel smooth

TIPS for Ingrown hairs

For irritating razor burn and ingrown hairs we recommend picking up some “Bump Stopper”. This solution can be found in the ethnic hair care section at most drug store/supermarkets. You can also try Glo Skin Beauty’s Purifying Gel Cleanser, a great foaming wash with powerful acne-fighting ingredients that stimulate exfoliation and clears pores.

Long term hair removal

For a permanent solution, opt for IPL/Laser hair removal treatments. These advanced treatments should only be performed by trained and certified technicians, so do your research before going for the bargain service. Shaving is the necessary for most IPL/Laser treatments, so it’s best to have it shaved down prior to appointment.

The tech will begin by disinfecting your skin. Next, she will provide you with your protective eyewear before she goes zapping away. For the following 24-48 hours you will be required to avoid direct heat, perspiration, sun exposure, strong/fragranced soaps, lotions and washes.

Like waxing, ensure skin has not been sunburned, treated with AHA/BHA, or medications/vitamins affecting the skin. Typically you will notice a stunt in the growth of hair, followed by what seems to be continued growth. Four to six weeks after, the hair will begin to fall out. At this point you are ready for your next session. Most men require 6-8 treatments to see maximum results, but of course some machines are built better than others, so results may vary.

These treatments are somewhat of an investment and cause injury to your skin if not delivered properly, so do your research and make sure operational requirements are met by both the business and technician.

Stay Sharp Gentlemen!

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Love, Peace, and Great Skin!

Dérmica MedEsthetics
(780) 885 7108

Photofacial benefits

benefits of photofacials

What are the benefits of photofacials?

The photofacial benefits are manifold. This is why many clients opt for this treatment in the fight against aging. Photofacials are able to produce multiple results because they use “Selective Photothermolysis”.

This method allows the destruction of a specified target without damaging the surrounding tissue. The method consists of irradiating the target with intense pulse light (IPL). As a result, the targeted area is heated above body temperature. This surrounding tissue is almost not heated because the target absorbs the radiation much more strongly than the surrounding tissue,.

Depending on how we enter the settings on the equipment, it will use selective photothermolysis to achieve its task. The settings entered direct it as to what we are targeting, while calibrating itself to work with the client’s skin tone.

Benefit 1: Removal of hyperpigmentation (ACLARA)

Photofacials are a top choice for those seeking the removal of dark spots, sun spots, and pigmented acne scarring. It works by delivering quick pulses of UV light to the targeted area. Subsequently, the spot breaks up and the pigment is brought to the surface. The pigment is shed with your skin’s natural processes. As a result, a clear and uniform complexion is revealed.

Benefit 2: Removal of redness on the face (ALIVIA)

Different from ACLARA, this treatment works on superficial blood vessels. The applied energy is absorbed by the oxyhemoglobin (formed by the combination of hemoglobin with oxygen) in the blood within the vessel. As a result, the blood coagulates and the vessel breaks up into particles that are naturally filtered away through the body’s lymphatic system.

Benefit 3: Skin tightening and pore minimizing (ALISA)

Photofacial treatments reverse the signs of aging through the non-traumatic removal of skin surface layers that induce neocollagenesis (the production of new collagen). 

After, the body’s natural wound-healing response begins to regenerate the epidermis and the underlying wounded skin layers. This gives an overall glow and youthful look to the skin. More specifically, it tightens the skin by plumping fine lines and wrinkles and minimizing large pores.

Book your photofacial treatment!
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Peace, Love, and Great Skin!

Dérmica MedEsthetics
(780) 885-7108

Do IPL treatments damage the skin?

do IPL treatments damage the skin

Is IPL damaging my skin?

IPL treatments do not damage the skin if your technician sets the proper settings. The treatment delivers a pulse to the bulb of the hair. If the settings are inputted properly then it avoids being absorbed into the skin.

Aside from temporary heat in the area treated, there should not be adverse reactions on the skin. Heat in the skin typically lasts anywhere from one to 24 hours.

Who should not get IPL hair removal?

Not everyone is eligible for IPL treatments. While the light energy of IPL itself will not damage the skin, certain factors could result in damage.

Certain medications

Anyone that has skin conditions in the areas being treated that are contrandicated should avoid IPL. Certain medications, topical or oral, can make the skin sensitive or photosensitive.

Very light hair

People with light hair tones, for example blonde, white, or silver hair should have realistic expectations of IPL hair removal treatments. Sometimes these hair colours don’t have enough melanin for the machine to be able to register and destroy the targeted hair bulb.

If the person’s hair is too light there may not be enough contrast between the hair and skin tone. The machine favours skin types that show a better contrast of dark hair on a lighter skin background. Having this contrast tends to allow for maximum absorption of light energy directly into the bulb.

That is not to say that other skin types are not successful, we would simply change the setting for this. However, there is a point where if the skin and hair tone are too close together. The machine may confuse the melanin content in the skin for the target and could cause burning or not actually treat the hair becasue the settings are maintained too low to make a difference in an effort to avod hitting the skin tone.


People with tattoos in the area being treated should avoid IPL. Your technician has to stay a safe distance from existing tattoos in order to avoid heating and potentially damaging the pigment that is implanted with the tattoo.


In addition, pregnant women should refrain from IPL treatments. This is not to say that it will necessarily cause any damage to the fetus, but it’s best to avoid any form of radiation treatment during pregnancy and light is a form of radiation.

Keeping exposure to a minimum is key when you’re pregnant because you’re already being exposed to the radiation that’s emitted through the ultrasounds continuously being done which is a very high form of radiation. For the record, ultrasound and IPL both use non-ionizing radiation, however, IPL is comparatively very superficial.

In conclusion, while there are some individuals that should stay away from IPL treatments, IPL treatments do not damage the skin with proper settings.

Dérmica MedEsthetics
(780) 885 7108

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