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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!

IPL Hair Removal: Bikini Edition

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IPL Hair Removal Styles

Did you know you have style options when it comes to Brazilian IPL laser hair removal in Edmonton? Choosing the right drapes to match your windows can be difficult enough in your home, so where do you start when deciding how to drape your…ehemm…vagine?

After many years in the spa industry we’ve heard some interesting tales and crafty names. Trends change throughout the years, from the 70’s low-maintenance shag to the 90’s thong-th-thong-thong-thong landing strip. Therefore, knowing what to request when booking your bikini hair removal is important to prevent confusion.

To keep things accurate when reading this article, we have included definitions for some commonly used terms:

  • “bikini line”- think basic full-seated bikini bottoms
  • “hairline”- the edge where your hair naturally begins
  • “front”- anything visible from frontal view
  • “underside”- lower area covering your lady bits
  • “backside”- the area beginning just after your bits up to your tailbone
  • “bunny tail”- the small area over the tailbone

The French

For those of you looking for a more defined bikini hairline, the French bikini offers more options for shaping and further removal. Most of the hair is removed from the front leaving a small patch of hair, this includes removal from underside, and excludes the backside.

The flattering little v-patch will bring the hairline down 2-3 inches from the bikini line, and give you most coverage at the top and taper neatly into the back.

The Brazilian

Contrary to popular belief, the traditional method of Brazilian hair removal does NOT leave you free of all hair below the waist. This traditional method leaves only a small strip down the centre. This look was modeled after the thong bikini bottom worn in Brazil which leaves little to the imagination, but still leaves a “little”.

So for you thong sporting ladies, a Brazilian bikini wax will give you the same flexibility with shape and coverage that the French bikini wax offers, but also clears any unwanted strays from the backside leaving you confident from any angle.

The Hollywood

Who needs hair down there anyway? If this is your motto then opt for a Hollywood bikini and liberate yourself from pubescent hair growth. The name is influenced by the adult industry associated with the provocative nature of the famous city of fast cars, bright lights, fame, and fortune. This method will clear all existing hair from front to bunny tail leaving you G-string ready all around. Many spas will refer to this technique as a Brazilian, so make sure to clarify with your technician.

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Dérmica MedEsthetics
(780) 885 7108

Is CeraVe good for teen acne?

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Teen acne can be difficult to treat because teenagers’ hormones are not in balance. They are in a period of flux with little stability. In addition, some teens lack dedication when it comes to their skincare and personal grooming. As a result, (and understandably so) some parents opt out for more cost effective skincare products for their teen’s skincare.

“Is CeraVe good for my teen’s acne?”

CeraVe has a great range within their cleansing line. Cleansing is one of the most important steps when treating acne at home. They have 3 cleansers to select from.

The mildest one is the Foaming Facial cleanser, which contains hyaluronic acid and niacinamide. This combination will ensure your teen’s skin is not dry and dehydrated after, and also helps to calm some of the inflammation associated with acne.

The second option is the Renewing SA cleanser. This cleanser contains salicylic acid which is great for stripping away excess oil, and also for seeping into the pores and clearing them out. This option is best for teens that have very congested skin, blackheads, or thicker texture in the T-zone. Keep in mind that it can be a little too drying for teens that have more of a combination to oily skin type.

Last we have the Acne Foaming Cream wash. This cleanser is actually going to treat teen acne. It should be reserved only for those with moderate to severe acne skin types. It contains 10% benzoyl peroxide. Therefore, not only will it help clean and clear away the oil, but it will have antiseptic effects on the skin. In other words, it will clear away the bacteria causing the breakouts. This is an excellent option for teens that have pustules and pimples. Not only do they get the clearing and healing benefits, they will also help prevent future breakouts due to the antibacterial effects.

Treating teen acne at the spa

We offer a specialized facial for teens- the Teen Facial. This facial incorporates the steps necessary to clean and extract the skin.

IPL Hair Removal Treatment Frequency

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What happens if you use IPL too often?

Treatment frequency for IPL Hair Removal (HR) sessions is 1 treatment every 6 to 8 weeks apart for body areas, and 4-6 weeks apart for facial areas. If you are having sessions too close together, you are basically working on hair that is most likely no longer alive. In other words, you are losing financially!

We need a live hair bulb in order to achieve results. Therefore, we need approximately 4-8 weeks of regrowth to have some live bulbs in the skin again. IPL is also something that you don’t want to be using too often. For this reason, we advise our clients that anything beyond 12 treatments within a 12 month period is far too much.

Like any light based treatment, IPL is a form of radiation so you want to make sure you are not overexposing your skin.

Does IPL or LASER remove hair permanently?

IPL and other light based treatments do not remove hair permanently- as in “forever”. There is always a small chance that you may have some regrowth through the years. The amount of regrowth can range from 2-50%. There are certain things that can influence that percentage. For example, hormonal changes, whether that be with age, pregnancy, or health conditions that can bring back hair growth or decrease hair growth.

Another factor to consider is the amount of reduction that was achieved during your treatment course. Regrowth percentage will influence reduction rate. A higher reduction rate, for example, 98% will have a lower regrowth percentage. On the other hand, a lower reduction rate such as 50% will see higher regrowth.

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Dérmica MedEsthetics
(780) 885 7108

Teen skincare and Cetaphil

A question parents often ask when they bring their teen in for a Teen Facial revolves around a very popular option in your local grocery store: Cetaphil.

Is Cetaphil good for my teen’s acne?

Cetaphil is a good option for teens that are experiencing oily to acne prone skin. As far as we can tell, the ingredients seem to have great benefits for those that have this particular skin type.

One Cetaphil cleanser option is their PRO DERMACONTROL® Oil Control foam wash. It comes in a foam pump format so you get an immediate lather. It is a gentle formula containing zinc which is great for reducing inflammation in the skin. According to the ingredient list, not only will it soothe and calm, it will also help absorb excess oil.

This option is great for your teens with combination to oily skin that tends to build up throughout the day. In addition, it claims to be soap and paraben-free, which is important to keep in mind when shopping for skincare products for your teen.

On the other hand, if your teen has irritated, blemish-prone skin, Cetaphil offers the Gentle Salicylic Acid cleanser. It is a cream-to-lather formula so your teen will need to add a little water to get the foam going. Cetaphil claims that it will help reduce pores, maintain a clean complexion, and smooth out rough texture, all of which is true because salicylic acid does have these properties. It absorbs into the clogged pore, helps unclog and loosens debris. It helps take down inflammation and lifts scarring as well.

Of the two, the Gentle Salicylic Acid cleanser would the stronger one so that one would be used by teens with active acne and blemishes on the skin. It may be too drying for teens with combination to oily skin.

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Teen skincare at Dérmica

TEEN facial

The TEEN Facial includes a deep-cleanse and pore extractions leaving the skin feeling fresh and renewed. Teen must be accompanied by parent/legal guardian.

35-45 min.

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Peace, Love, and Great Skin!

Dérmica MedEsthetics
(780) 885 7108

Advanced Pedicure Menu

Located in Edmonton, Alberta, Dérmica offers an advanced pedicure menu to address foot health concerns. Our treatments are designed to provide you with the benefits of a traditional service, coupled with our treatment approach.

To begin with, we’d like to point out that we do pedicures on other concerns as well, such as plantar’s warts, bunions, and so on. On the whole, we tend to treat most common concerns with a Classic pedicure. However, our advanced pedicure or pedícare menu includes specific treatments for ingrown nails, and nail fungus. In the event that you have a concern not addressed in the specialty menu, attach a note to your Classic pedi booking.



Nail fungus does not heal itself. Unless you remove as many of the ideal conditions (e.g. humidity, darkness, warm temperature, and nutrients) fungus will continue to thrive.

If left untreated, not only will it cause odour, it will also start to mutate.

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Anti-Fungal Tx Pedícare

Price: $125

Timing: Up to 1hr 45min

Fungal growth on your nails can lead to discomfort, deformities, and discolouration. Infected nails are treated to help prevent transmission and further complications.

Your nail care treatment plan will require follow-up service and use of the anti-fungal solution and home care instructions provided with your service.

Includes aftercare: anti-fungal drops.


An ingrown toenail is caused by an overgrowth of nail along the side of the nail. Consequently, this condition creates pressure which can lead to swelling, a lot of pain, and even infections.

The extra growth can be attributed to factors such as incorrect nail cutting, trauma, or genetics.

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Ingrown Nail Pedícare

Price: $125

Timing: Up to 1hr 45min.

Ingrown toenails can cause discomfort and lead to infection when left untreated. Pressure is relieved by clearing debris and carefully trimming the ingrown portion of your nail.

A specialized nail brace is secured onto the affected nail to help guide the toenail as it grows and prevents it from back in the tissues of the nail wall.

Includes aftercare: nail softening solution.

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Peace, Love, and Great Skin!

Dérmica MedEsthetics
(780) 885 7108


IPL or LASER Hair Removal

There are some things to consider when deciding between IPL or LASER hair removal. Below are some popular questions clients ask when making their choice.

Is IPL as strong as LASER?

The short answer is yes. IPL is as strong in terms of delivering results. The amount of sessions required are similar with both systems. In other words, you get the same results in the end. The main different between IPL and LASER is the type of light they are emitting. LASER uses a single beam, whereas IPL delivers a broad spectrum. This means that the system delivers different types of treatments because you have more range in that light spectrum.

What are the advantages of IPL over LASER?

If we are basing it on results, they are on par with each other. Now, based on the comfort level of the service, IPL tends to be more gentle with the surrounding tissue. The reason for this is that broad spectrum we mentioned earlier. Within that spectrum, depending on the person’s hair tone, skin tone, and the number of sessions they’ve had, the machine will filter out a specific depth of penetration that will only affect the target so that the surrounding tissue is not compromised.

Do IPL and LASER hair removal feel similar?

IPL and LASER do not feel similar. With IPL, the system wIll make direct contact with the person’s skin, whereas LASER will hover over the skin.

Another difference is that LASER typically uses a hose that outputs cold air to cool the skin. On the other hand, with IPL, depending on the system, the technician may use an ultrasound jelly to keep the skin cold. Other systems, for example the Sharplight system that we use, uses contact cooling, via the actual window that touches the skin.

Can you switch from LASER to IPL and vice versa?

Yes, you can safely switch because they are both light based treatments. Some differences you may notice are the way the treatments are delivered. Examples include the cooling mechanism, the sitting time, and possibly the frequency of treatments.

When it comes to your currents results, it should not have an effect on your current results or cause any regrowth to happen. If this happens, it’s most likely not the system. However, it could be that your settings are not set accordingly. This is why it’s important to let your technician know that you have had previous treatments, how many treatments you’ve had and also the efficacy of those treatments.

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