New acne treatment: Isolaz launches in Canada

Isolaz acne treatment before and after

If you caught my post on treating hormonal acne, you know I’m not a huge fan of oral meds or harsh topicals for a problem that I think is mostly internal. (On that note: I must wholeheartedly recommend this brand of cod liver oil, which has completely transformed my skin. Not only has it eradicated the annoying monthly breakouts I used to get around my chin area, it’s also transformed the texture, making it smooth and soft with none of those under-the-skin tiny bumps. But this is the only brand that will work because it’s got the proper vitamin A and D ratios—read here to find out why.)

Anyway! Despite all of that, I do realize that natural methods can take a while, and sometimes you just need a solution to bad skin, stat! And that’s why I’m happy to share the news that Isolaz (, a doctor’s office acne treatment, is finally available in Canada.

It’s been in the U.S. for a while—in fact, I first heard of it through an American derm I interviewed for a story a year or so ago, and she RAVED about it. (The before and after above looks impressive, doesn’t it?)

The treatment combines a vacuum technique—to suck out the blockages of sebum and debris in your pores—with a broadband laser light, which helps destroy the acne-causing bacteria. So basically you’re attacking breakouts from two angles for maximum effectiveness. Several sessions are needed, and over time, your pores start to produce less oil and look tighter and cleaner. And you get fewer (if any) breakouts, of course.

What I like about it is that you don’t have to ingest potentially harmful drugs or apply them to your skin (but you know I’m a hippie girl when it comes to that). I haven’t tried it myself, but if you want to find out more, I found this story in Marie Claire about one user’s experience. To find a doctor in Canada, visit here.


Tuesday, May 25/2010 at 6:07 pm

Thanks for the cod-liver oil recommendation. I have pretty clear skin about 2 weeks of the month, and then like clockwork about 2 weeks before my period I breakout in cystic acne around my chin. I’m definitely willing to try this. What dosage do you take? how many times/day?



Comment Avatar Michelle Villett
Tuesday, May 25/2010 at 7:24 pm

Hi Janelle! yes the cod liver oil is definitely worth a try before spending money on dermatologist stuff, in my opinion. I take the Green Pasture cod liver oil/high-vitamin butter oil blend (in capsules) and the dosage is two a day. I take them when I remember – I don’t think it matters when… although I do remember reading something about it being best to take them on an empty stomach if you can.

My mom is taking them now, and she too is singing their praises – says her skin feels much softer and looks more even! And they lowered my dad’s blood pressure reading as well.

Not sure where you’re located but I get them shipped from the US to Canada and they only take a few days to arrive… haven’t been asked to pay duty on anything yet.

If you try them I would love to hear how they work for you. For me the improvement was gradual – over the course of a couple months I think. But now my period comes and there’s nothing – no breakouts – it’s amazing. :-)


Wednesday, May 26/2010 at 11:37 am

Thanks! I’ve ordered it and have started taking it daily. I’m amazed I’ve never heard of this before…not in magazines or dermatologists or doctors visits or anywhere. It would be amazing if it works!


Comment Avatar Michelle Villett
Wednesday, May 26/2010 at 11:51 am

Yay! So excited you are trying it – I am crossing my fingers that it works for you.

And I know… I wish derms knew more about nutritional stuff instead of always recommending the drug companies’ “solutions” (although I get that there is a time and a place for that stuff when people are desperate or risk scarring).

But even naturopaths push pills (vitamins) too much in my opinion. That’s why I really like the Weston A. Price site – they really just advocate whole, unprocessed foods, and a high-quality cod liver oil is something our grandmothers would have taken.


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