combating acne + aging (the medical way)

As 30-somethings (and being the shallow humans that we are), we’re annoyed to find ourselves needing to build a strong anti-aging regimen, while also trying to combat skin flare ups. Although we knew we’d have to deal with aging at some point, we thought that zits and bumps would be far in our past teenagers/young adult years. Both of us are avid Googlers/info hounds on anything and everything related to skincare and anti-aging, so between our research, meetings with Dermatologists, and visiting skincare clinics, we’re going to share our medical, and non-medical approaches to combat acne and aging.

First up, bringing out the big guns:

Medical Grade Skincare Regimen – Acne 

Our Dermatologist (and rep at the skincare clinic) both recommended medical-grade products to combat acne.

  • What:
  • How: Wash your face with the cleanser once in the morning and once in the evening, follow up with half of an acne pad, and finish with a moisturizer/sunscreen
  • When: Use the cleanser and pads twice daily, though the pads are a bit harsh so you may be able to get away with using it once daily
  • Where: We went to the Institute of Skin Advancement, but a number of skincare clinics sell ZO products; our moisturizer is sold at Shoppers Drug Mart
  • Why: Both ZO products remove dead skin cells to unclog pores, reduce oiliness, and contain Salicylic acid
  • Cost: Not cheap! The Cleanser was $55 for a full-size (should last 5-6 months), and $66 for 60 pads (though they recommend cutting the pads in half, last 2 months); moisturizer $35
  • Note: You can walk in/make an appointment at any Cosmetic centre to purchase ZO skincare products



Retin A Prescription – Acne + Anti-Aging 

  • What: Prescription for Vitamin A topical cream (Retin A) for really bad acne areas + fine lines
  • How: Wash and dry your face completely (it’s recommended that you wait 20 minutes before applying the cream as water can bind to the cream and cause irritation) and apply a pea-sized amount of Retin A to trouble areas
  • When: Recommended: 1-3 times per week, less if you experience lots of dryness and flaking (this stuff is intense, so use sparingly)
  • Where: We had a referral to a Dermatologist at the Institute of Skin Advancement
  • Why: Retin A is an FDA-approved drug and is used to stimulate cell turnover and collagen production and combat acne. We like The Coveteur’s 101 article about Retinol vs. Retin A
  • Cost: Using our benefits, it cost $8 for a large tube (without benefits, it was $26)
  • Note: Retin A is available by prescription only


Botox – Anti-Aging 

  • WhatBOTOX® Cosmetic is a prescription medicine that is injected into muscles and used to temporarily improve the look of both moderate to severe crow’s feet lines and frown lines between the eyebrows in adults
  • How: A nurse will inject a certain amount of units into the specific area (20-30 units for in between the brows, 4-10 units for upper forehead)
  • When: Every three months or so
  • Where: We went to Vive Rejuvenation, but it’s done everywhere. We recommend going to a clinic vs. a dentist
  • Why: We got it for preventative measures, and also to combat the ‘eleven’ vertical lines in between our brows – stay tuned for a post on Botox!
  • Cost: Around $250 for 24 units every 3 months (Vive charges $9.99 per unit)

What’s next

  • Laser treatments were recommended by the skincare clinic to improve the texture of the skin, diminish sun damage and scars

Sound too intense for your skincare regimen? Stay tuned for our post about combating Acne + Anti-Aging the natural way.

xo, late & lovely 

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