Blackheads, whiteheads, nodules, cysts, pustules, and papules are all types of acne that form on the skin. These pimples can be prominent on the face, creating an undesirable first impression. Vancouver patients experiencing acne outbreaks may feel depressed and frustrated, with low self-esteem and self-confidence issues. If you are experiencing an acne outbreak, we offer numerous treatment methods to clear up your skin.

What Causes Acne Outbreaks?

Our skin has millions of pores, which are tiny holes in the tissue that allow oil to escape the body and lubricate the skin. These pores have hairs. When a pore gets clogged with oil, dead skin cells, and hair, it creates a perfect medium for bacteria to grow thereby causing the formation of pimples.

These clogs can come about as a result of hormone level fluctuations, various medications, heredity, and certain types of makeup. People with oily skin are more likely to have more severe acne. Acne outbreaks can be worsened by skin irritation or pressure, humidity, air pollution, and changes in hormone levels.

Boys and girls typically get acne during puberty, when they are between 10 and 13 years old, and outbreaks continue for a period of around five to ten years. The worst acne cases are experienced by teen boys. However, around 20% of people have outbreaks that occur in their adult years. Women experience this issue more often than men.

Along with facial acne, many Vancouver patients experience outbreaks on areas of the body such as the upper legs, upper arms, neck, shoulders, back, and chest.


One method of treating acne that we provide is the chemical peel. This treatment involves applying chemicals to the outer skin layer that cause peeling, or exfoliation. The peeling of the dead and damaged skin cells unblocks pores, resulting in less acne.

Blu-U® blue light therapy is a non-invasive way to remove acne-causing bacteria from the skin. Patients with a small or moderate amount of acne find this to be quite helpful. To enhance the effects of Blu-U, it can be paired with photodynamic therapy (PDT) or topical Levulan medication.

Photodynamic therapy treatment begins with the application of a topical treatment to increase light sensitivity in the target area. Light treatment is then used on the region to destroy bacteria and shrink oil glands.

You may also be interested in cosmeceuticals. These are topical treatments like lotions, creams, and ointments that mix helpful medications with cosmetic products. They reduce acne while also providing other benefits like moisturizing skin.

Do you want to learn more about the numerous acne treatments we offer? If so, contact our office in the Vancouver area and arrange a consultation with Dr. Jaffer at (604) 298-4481.