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 (isolaz.com), 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.