Struggling with Blackheads

Here’s our latest “Ask Dérmica” entry…


Hi Dérmica,
I’m struggling with blackheads. I just wonder if you can help with this problem.
Please give me some information of any technique that could help to reduce or get rid of blackheads.
Thank you so much.

-ANONYMOUS


Hello!

Blackheads are a common skin issue that can easily be treated at Dérmica. We recommend a 2-part treatment as follows:

Step 1:  FIX Facial ($85) to remove the existing blackheads from the pores. This treatment includes cleansing, exfoliation, steaming, and pore extractions.

Step 2: Photofacial ($45 – $175) to seal the pores closed and reduce the appearance of uneven texture and redness caused by enlarged pores. This treatment is performed by using IPL (Intense Pulse Light) device to treat the targeted condition.

Bookings are available at dermica.ca/book-now.

Hope this information helps…😊

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LashLIFT, your go-to for au naturel lash service!

What is a LashLIFT?

LashLIFT is a gentle lash perming service that delivers a semi-permanent curl. The process begins with your lashes being strategically fanned and positioned on a fitted silicone pad prior to the 2-step treatment. Once your 45-60-minute service has wrapped up, your lashes are left with a smooth curl that can last up to 6-8 weeks!

Perfect pairings for your LASHLIFT!

If you’re looking for a defined lash-line pair your LashLIFT with a Lash Tint to really make those lashes stand out. The added color intensifies the lashes and brings out fine hairs that aren’t always able to support mascara. This is great combination for those days in the sun and water, no need for heavy waterproof mascara or bye-bye melted lash lines.

Although a LashLIFT can’t get you the length you want, pairing your service with the EyEnvy Lash and Brow Conditioner will! This super serum boosts your hair natural growth and gets your lashes to their max length by nourishing new growth with nutrients. Apply once a day and your lashes will look and stronger within minimum 6 weeks!

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Skin Care for Alberta Climate

skin care for Alberta climate

Skin concerns of people that are new to Alberta.

Whether your skin type is dry, oily, or combination, typically, after moving to Alberta, your skin becomes extremely dry in some areas, and extremely oily in others, and suddenly your skin is breaking out.

The reason for this is that Alberta has a very dry, arid climate. What happens is the skin becomes dehydrated which means it lacks water. In order to compensate for that water loss, your skin will elevate its oil production. Plus, this dehydration causes a build-up of dead and dry skin at the surface.

Build up will block products from getting into the fresh skin that really needs that hydration.

Rather than increasing the consistency of your moisturizer, like going for a thicker cream, or an oil-based product, you should be focusing on exfoliating using gentle daily exfoliants, such as the Gentle Enzyme Exfoliant, or the Daily Polishing Cleanser.

Follow up with hydrating moisturizer, such as the Conditioning Hydration, or the Oil Free Moisturizer, for those that tend to be a bit oilier.


A facial is an excellent way to extract buildup and start with a clean slate. And who can say no to a day at the spa? ;)

Plus, save 15% on all Glo Skin Beauty products with your skin care service at Dérmica!

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Our Skin questionnaire allows us to understand your skin type and concerns. Based on your answers, we recommend treatments to address your skin concerns and help you make informed decisions.

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Dérmica MedEsthetics
Edmonton, Alberta
(780) 885 7108
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IPL Hair Removal Q & A

What is IPL Hair Removal?

IPL is a light-based treatment that penetrates through the skin to a nanometer depth. The light energy is absorbed into active bulbs which then causes them to self-destruct.

Can anyone have this treatment done?

IPL is a form of radiation, therefore there are health precautions that must be considered for this treatment. If you are currently under the care of a dermatologist or physician, we recommend consulting with them prior to your booking. There also certain medications and topical products that make your skin sensitive to light, and this would be noted in your intake form and your technician would then discuss further with you.

How effective are the treatments?

In successful treatments we can observe a 98% reduction in active follicles. Following proper protocol before and after your treatment will ensure that you can achieve best results.

How many sessions do I need?

8 – 12 sessions are recommended for maximum results. The exact number of sessions will depend on genetics and personal preference. Clients report 20-60% reduction after the first treatment. Each session afterwards will reduce the remaining amount of hair by approximately 10%. Sessions are continued until the client has reached their reduction goal and growth has been stopped.

Are the results permanent?

Over the years you may begin to gradually reproduce hair in the areas treated. If the previous hair growth was caused by hormonal imbalance there is a higher chance of the hair returning and, in less time than expected. Touch-ups are recommended approximately 2 years following the last session.

Is it painful?

The sensation felt when the energy is delivered is described by most as a small pin-prick shock lasting only milliseconds. When graded on a scale from 1-5 for the pain felt during the session, clients will on average report under a level 3. The portion of the device that is in contact with the skin has a patented cooling system that keeps your skin slightly numb on contact.

How do I prep for my visit?

You must wait at least 3 weeks after waxing or tweezing before your visit. The active bulbs are required to be intact for best result. The treatment area must be shaved prior to your visit.

Do I have to follow any special instructions afterwards?

You must avoid heat exposure in the area as this may result in burns due to the heat retention from the treatment. Avoid tight clothing and friction over the treatment site. Swimming and strenuous exercise should also be avoided for 48 – 72 hrs.

When do I return for my next treatment?

Treatments are ideally spaced 4 weeks apart. This follows the hairs natural growth pattern and ensures that live bulbs are present when the treatment is delivered. Once you have reached your treatment goal, you will be advised by the technician when to return for any touch-ups.

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Skin Resurfacing

skin resurfacing

Ask Dérmica: WHAT is Skin Resurfacing?

  • An esthetic procedure or personal use of an exfoliating product/tool that removes layers of damaged skin.
  • Improves the overall appearance and texture of the skin.
  • Boosts the regeneration rate of skin cells and promotes collagen production.
  • Improves circulation and absorptive ability of the skin.
  • Recommended for all skin types as part of a healthy skin care routine or to treat skin conditions.
  • Methods of resurfacing include: chemical, mechanical, and light-based treatment.

CHEMICAL METHODS AND BENEFITS

Chemical Resurfacing

dermica photo facials
  • There are different classifications of chemical resurfacing: AHA, BHA, Retinols, TCA, Enzymes.
  • Causes a chemical reaction at the surface of the skin that dissolves the bonds between the skin cells.
  • Varying intensity and penetration.
  • Can be delivered in low doses on a daily basis or as a stand alone treatment delivered by a trained technician.
  • Skin may require pre-treating with lower dose prior to procedure.
  • Down time varies depending on the dose delivered.
  • Topical products used for homecare may need to be prescribed by a physician.
Benefits:
  • Can treat a wide range of conditions.
  • Can be used as part of a daily maintenance routine.
  • Broad range of penetration level available from mild – deep.
  • Improves texture of the skin.
  • Reduces unwanted pigmentation.
  • Treats acne and related scarring.
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MECHANICAL METHODS AND BENEFITS

Granular Exfoliants

dermica photo facials
  • Granular product that is massaged over the skin.
  • Lifts dead surface layer of skin.
  • Available in various formulations and intensity.
  • Product contain microbeads or granules that slough the outer layer.
  • Mild resurfacing.
  • Not typically recommended for acneic or sensitive skin.
Benefits:
  • Instant results.
  • Can be used daily as part of a regular skin care routine.
  • No downtime.
  • Increases absorption of products.
  • Stimulates circulation.

Dermaplaning

dermica photo facials
  • Technician performs feathery strokes typically using a 10 gauge blade held at an angle over the surface of the skin.
  • Removes surface layer of the skin.
  • Form of mechanical skin resurfacing.
Benefits:
  • Also removes the vellus hair in the area treated.
  • Delivers instant results.
  • Minimal downtime.
  • Can alleviate and treat eczema, skin irritations, and excessively dry patches.
  • Promotes increased hydration and penetration of topical medications and treatment product.

Microdermabrasion

dermica photo facials
  • Technician uses a wand over the skin to remove superficial layers.
  • Can be performed with a diamond encrusted tip being dragged over the skin or using a crystal spray to gently “sandblast” the surface of the skin.
  • Not recommended for acneic skin or highly sensitive skin types.
  • Mild – mid level resurfacing.
Benefits:
  • Minimal downtime required.
  • Can be paired with other methods of resurfacing for optimal results.
  • Improves circulation.
  • Improves texture.
  • Lightens pigmentation.

Abrasive Materials

dermica photo facials
  • Used to lift the dead surface layer of the skin by causing friction.
  • Brushes bristles vary from soft – hard.
  • Can be used with products for added cleansing.
  • Abrasive materials include loofas, pumice, and other textured materials in varying coarseness.
  • Mild resurfacing.
  • Not recommended for sensitive or sensitized skin
Benefits:
  • Can be used as part of a daily routine or in a professional service.
  • Instant results.
  • No downtime.
  • Increases circulation.

Dermabrasion

dermica photo facials
  • Performed by a medical professional.
  • Anesthetic is used to numb the skin prior to treatment.
  • In some cases a prescribed relaxant may be given to ease the patient.
  • Technician operates a high-speed device that scrapes away layers of skin.
  • Mid – deep resurfacing.
Benefits:
  • Delivers deep resurfacing with minimal sessions.
  • Can remove deep imperfections.
  • Dramatic results can be achieved.

Microneedling

dermica photo facials
  • Pierces fine needles into the surface of the skin creating micro-lesions.
  • Varying levels of intensity depending on the device.
  • Minimal – no downtime required.
Benefits:
  • Tightens pores and smooths texture.
  • Effective on minimizing the appearance of stretch marks and acne scarring.
  • Improves circulation.
  • Stimulates collagen and elastin production.


LIGHT-BASED METHODS AND BENEFITS

IPL Skin Rejuvenation

dermica photo facials
  • Stands for Intense Pulsed Light.
  • Device emits a broad band light energy into the skin.
  • Works below the surface of the skin on a cellular level, leaving the surface layer intact.
  • Depth of penetration varies medium – deep.
Benefits:
  • Minimal down time, if any.
  • Reduces redness and surface capillaries.
  • Removes pigmentation and evens skin tone.
  • Improves texture and tightens pores.
  • Reduces fine lines and pre-mature aging.
  • Treats acne and related scarring.

LASER Skin Resurfacing

phototherapy
  • Acronym for Light Amplification by Stimulated Emission of Radiation.
  • Device emits a focused beam of light energy into the skin.
  • Depth of penetration varies from medium – deep.
  • Down time ranges depending on the type of laser used.
Benefits:
  • Improves textural damage.
  • Reduces signs of aging.
  • Reduces redness and vascularity from facial and body region.
  • Removes unwanted pigmented lesions.
  • Treats acne and related scarring.


Get in Touch

Do you have a question about skincare? Ask Dérmica!

Love, Peace, and Great Skin!

Dérmica MedEsthetics
(780) 885-7108
dermica.ca

Pore Extraction Facials

Pore Extractions

Q: My skin is normally clear, but lately I have been experiencing small bumps throughout my cheek and chin area. What can I do to get rid of this issue?

A: You start by having a pore extraction facial to pull the “bumps” (comedones and blackheads) out of your skin. This process involves thorough cleansing and light resurfacing, before an ozone steaming session. The steam opens the pores and softens the surface of the skin making extractions a breeze. Blackheads and oil-build up are pulled out of the skin leaving your pores clear of visible debris. Closed comedones (whiteheads) are pierced with a small lancet allowing for trapped debris to be safely removed.

After having your skin purged of impurities, it is important to stick to a regular cleansing and nourishing routine. Start by cleansing with a cleanser containing the appropriate blend of ingredients suitable for your skin type. Double cleansing is recommended every evening so your skin can breath and absorb nutrients overnight. Moisturizer should be applied while the skin is still humid in order to seal in added hydration. Regardless of your skin type moisturizer is very important in maintaining a healthy balance in your skin.

You may have blemishes pop up over the following week, this is normal as all the impurities are making their way up to the surface. If you are confident with your extractions, you can gently extract these blemishes after cleansing and a steamy shower. Although, if you can’t get it in the first 2 attempts then let it be as this may cause bruising or damage to the skin.

Once your skin has made a full recovery after 4-6 days, your skin should look and feel smoother with minimized pore size. You can schedule your facial sessions 4-6 weeks apart and once you’ve cleared the excess, seasonal facial and home maintenance should be suffice.

Hope this helps :)
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