* Before & After results may vary from person to person.
Welcome to ‘Acne Care’ by Skin Specialist and Dermatologist Dr. Earl Minuk. A Premiere Skin Clinic for Manitobans.
Did you know that treating acne is both a science and an art ?
Well it may be just that. It takes knowledge, training and experience to be recognize the many varieties of acne and to provide the right care in each situation. We do that. We are here to help and always provide traditional dermatology care before we suggest alternative treatments.
Read on and find out more about Acne, and several other forms of therapy….
Acne (also known as acne vulgaris, pimples, zits,blackheads, whiteheads) is a common skin problem especially in teenagers but also in adults. Acne is usually seen on the face but may also occur on the chest and back. It is an inflammatory disease of the hair follicle/oil gland (pilosebaceous unit) and occurs when oils (sebum) are produced by active sebaceous glands especially during puberty under the influence of increased hormone levels.
The presence of bacteria, especially propionibacterium acnes (P. acnes) leads to the development of blackheads and/or whiteheads (comedones), inflamed bumps, pustules or cysts. There is often a genetic predisposition to develop acne. Other factors such as diet, sweating, stress, occupation and UV exposure may influence acne in some individuals but are not well documented by research.
Aside from the obvious inflammation the side effects of acne can be significant and include:
- acne scarring(which may become more prominent in adults who once had moderate to severe acne at an earlier age)
- psychological effect (reduced self esteem especially in young adults and teenagers)
The effective treatment of acne requires a thorough examination and history undertaken by a dermatologist. Treatment to ensure prompt improvement leading to long-term remission will minimize scarring and improve self-esteem. Acne is a disorder deserving of expert care and attention. Acne is treatable and scarring is preventable. Acne does not necessarily “burn out”. Early intervention is advised.
Dr. Earl Minuk offers proven medical treatments to clear your acne. One of the most modern therapies, Blu-U light therapy is an effective and non-invasive acne treatment that kills the P. acnes bacteria. The treatment often works where pills, scrubs, peels and topical products have failed. Blu-U therapy combined with the application of a topical prescription medication (photodynamic treatment) targets sebaceous glands and bacteria and provides the most effective, safe,non-systemic treatment ever available and is suitable for all ages.
Recommended treatments: Dermatology consultation and photodynamic Blu-U light treatments. As a dermatologist with nearly 20 years experience treating acne Dr. Minuk uses his specialist background to tailor an acne treatment plan suited to your skin and lifestyle. For more information, please contact us.
BLU-U LIGHT TREATMENT in Winnipeg, Manitoba
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Blu-U light is used to treat acne and Blu-U combined with topical medication (photodynamic therapy or PDT) is used to treat both acne and sun damaged skin.
If you suffer from acne, Blu-U (Blue Light Photodynamic Therapy)is a new treatment offered by Dr. Earl Minuk that does not depend on medication. It is a special light that can kill the acne bacteria (P. acnes) in your skin. Treatments are simple, painless and safe. Usually a 15-minute session twice a week for six weeks will significantly improve your acne. Dr. Minuk will set up a schedule for you based on your needs.
A combination of Blu-U and PDT (photodynamic) treatments may also be considered. For persistent blemishes or more severe acne a topical medicine compound called Levulan is applied prior to exposure to a Blu-U light. The light activates the compound, which attacks the acne bacteria. Usually 3 treatments are scheduled at intervals of 4 weeks. Most individuals experience long-term improvement following Blu-U/PDT treatments making this choice an appealing alternative to internal medications. Blu-U light treatment often works when pills, scrubs, peels and topical products have failed.
Photodynamic treatments provide effective therapy of sun damaged skin and can effectively reduce and treat various actinic keratoses,”sun spots” or other lesions. The treatment is both therapeutic and preventative. Following an evaluation of your skin by Dr. Minuk a schedule can be determined that best suits your medical requirements and life style. Minimal downtime is required and the treatment can be undertaken even if your skin is suntanned. PDT will assist in maintaining or regaining healthy skin and will also lead to a smoother rejuvenated appearance.
The diagram below demonstrates how the Blu-U light procedure works to kill and destroy the P. Acnes bacteria that cause acne.
PHOTODYNAMIC THERAPY (PDT)
There is a new treatment approved for use in North America called Photodynamic Therapy (PDT). PDT is a non-invasive treatment and works in conjunction with light or laser sources. PDT provides a remarkable advance in the treatment of sun-damaged skin, precancerous spots, rosacea and acne. PDT therapy can often eradicate sunspots that could become skin cancer.
PDT is used in our clinic to supplement and enhance IPL and/or Blu-U treatments. Dr. Minuk will assess your skin and make appropriate recommendations. PDT may be used to boost IPL photorejuvenation therapy thus improving skin tone and texture, reduce pore size and significantly improve the red and brown discoloration of skin from sun damage or flushing. PDT may be recommended to treat rosacea, sun damage or acne. A program will be tailored to your needs and lifestyle.
What’s the difference between IPL, Blu-U and photodynamic therapy (PDT)?
IPL photorejuvenation and Blu-U are two treatments, which use a source of light to treat skin. Photodynamic therapy is combination of one of these above treatments with a topically applied solution (Levulan). The solution enhances the effects of IPL photorejuvenation and Blu-U treatments.
Which combination is right for me?
Dr. Earl Minuk will recommend what’s best for your skin after assessing your skin in a consultation.