Redness of the Skin and Rosacea

Rosacea is a skin condition caused by a variety of factors including genetics, possible involvement of the immune system, and the presence of microbes.
With rosacea, there is an increase in blood flow to the affected skin area which causes the pinkish or redness appearance .

What are the triggers?
– cosmetics
– alcohol
– hot temperatures
– hot drinks or spicy foods
– menopause
– anxiety

The triggers vary between individuals but each person usually gets to know what their triggers are over time.

Rosacea does not just cause redness of the skin. It can affect the eyes too, causing ocular rosacea or an enlarged nose.

Quality of life can be affected also. A survey by the National Rosacea Sociaety found that 90% of patients had a lower self esteem and some had symptoms of depression.

Fortunately there are several treatments now available. Firstly, only use gentle cleansers and avoid hot water. Avoid or try to minimize your triggers. There are cleansers and moisturizers now made specifically for red or rosaceous skin.

Sunscreens are SO important. Your sunscreen should have UVA and UVB protection. The SPF number alone is not enough. This only tells you about the UVB. Preferably use a sunscreen with a physical blocker such as titanium dioxide and zinc oxide, which do not contain chemical filters that can irritate the skin.

Several prescription medications are available. Please consult your physician or visit our Clarité clinic for an assessment.

Light and laser based treatments can also be effective. IPL – Intense Pulsed Light -is a form of light energy that helps to reduce the redness, while also improving the texture of the skin.  Note that using poor quality or abrasive at home products after IPL treatments can defeat their purpose. Facials specifically for rosacea are also effective.

At Clarité we can combine treatments to provide the most effective results in treating your rosacea.

Skin Tightening with Radiofrequency in Ottawa

Radiofrequency is a form of energy used to heat the tissue to stimulate collagen production. It is known as a “lunchtime” procedure.   The result is reduction of the appearance of fine lines and loose skin. It also can help the skin appearance of cellulite by smoothing the  appearance of the  skin and reducing the dimpling appearance.

Radiofrequency can be delivered as monpolar, bipolar or tripolar technology.   Of the three modalities, monopolar has the ability to penetrate deeper than the others.   It works by achieving a target tissue temperature and holding it for a certain length of time .

Who cannot have the treatment?  Those with a cardiac pacemaker or a cochlear implant.  Prior to treatments, we always have an assessment to ensure the client is a suitable candidate.

We have a new and novel way to give you treatments with consistent results and no downtime.   This is a monopolar treatment used both for the face and body.  For the face it is used around the eye area to tighten the skin and may be used on the forehead to lift the brows and to tighten the lower face.  On the body it may be used to reduce the appearance of cellulite, “mommy tummy”,   loose skin above the knees, legs and buttocks.

Through  radiofrequency, heat is delivered to the correct depth for the correct temperature for the correct time – all very precisely.

As with any cosmetic procedure, there is no guarantee of success, but we have had only very few non-responders.  It is for this reason it is sold in packages  initially of 3, as we have seen by 3 treatments a good response is usually present.

How many treatments are needed?  This depends on the area, the degree of severity of the problem , laxity of the skin, and individual response.Some of our clients are satisfied with 3 treatments and others require up to 7.

Our physician has carefully chosen the technology after reviewing many other machines and found this was one of the safest and gave the most consistent results.

What can it treat?

mommy tummy

crepy skin
tired appearance of the eyes
sagging skin
stretch marks
jawline contouring

This treatment is done every 3-4 weeks for 3 – 7 treatments on average.  After that a maintenance regime of  1 – 3 treatments a year may be done.

All photos below were taken at Clarite Laser. The first and third photo are under the eye tightening, 2nd is under the arm after one treatment, and the 4th isof the leg  also after one treatment.  You can see in phote #3 the skin is much tighter and the crepiness is reduced.  Possibly she will require an under eye (tear trough ) filler to fill in the hollow once the skin is tighter.

Call us at 613 822-7956 or email to book an appointment for an initial assessment


Laser Hair Reduction

Laser hair reduction is now a well known procedure, but what is not well known is that darker complexions may be treated also with certain wavelengths.
At Clarite we have an NdYag laser, which is safer in tanned or darker pigmented individuals.
It is useful to treat ingrown hairs which can leave scarring, or for men around the beard area.
When you are searching out a facility for laser, be sure to inquire on the training of the personnel. At Clarite, our medical director has received her training at Harvard School of Medicine .

Acne varies with seasons

Did you know that acne can vary with the seasons?  Often the skincare you use in summer is not suitable in the winter.  Why?

We now know that winter dryness affects the ceramides in the both healthy and acneic skin. By replenishing the health of the skin, acne can be reduced during these times.  By understanding  skin function and barrier function, we can now help with topical cosmeceuticals as well as prescription based topicals.

acne varies with seasons


Do you know how some of the celebrities achieve their flawless glowing skin?  Microneedling is part of their secret – although several celebrities have publicly announced that they do this procedure.

Microneedling has been around Europe for a long time but only now has   become more popular in North America thanks to celebrities now using it.  Microneedling is also known as PCI or percutaneous collagen induction therapy.   It is very useful to rejuvenate the skin with very little risk unlike lasers. Unlike fillers or botulinum, it does change the skin texture.   Additionally, it can be an effective tool for reducing scarring, stretch marks, acne scars  and fine wrinkles.  It is safe for treatment under the eyes which can be a challenging area with other devises.

It can be done in many different ways to achieve different outcomes.  We can adjust the needles to be very superficial and infuse hyaluronic acid to give a beautiful plump glow before an event.  OR, it can be used more aggressively to puncture tiny holes in the skin followed by the application of specialized vitamins according the the skin condition.   We even use it for burn scars to improve the healing.

How does it work?  By inflicting tiny areas of injury on the skin, the body produces epidermal growth factor, fibroblast growth factor and vascular endothelial growth factor (Plast Reconstr Surg June 2010).  The results are not immediate.  We tell our clients to wait 2 months before the next treatment.

What can you expect?  With the superficial hydrating needling, your skin will be pinkish, fresh and dewy.  For more aggressive treatments, you will look very red, as if you had a sunburn  or even a bit swollen and your skin can be a bit sore with flaking occurring a few days later.   You will be instructed to use very gentle cleansers, specialized products and LOTS of hydration cream to allow to skin to regenerate.

This is a wonderful procedure for people of all skin types and colours.

Rosacea Ottawa Manotick

Rosacea is more common than you may think.  It may affect up to 3.6 million Canadians according to the Canadian Dermatology Association. Many people coming to the office complain of redness, bumpiness, acne or spider veins on their faces, not knowing that this is actually a medical problem called rosacea.

Several factors  contribute to rosacea including heredity,  heat, stress and emotions.  Sometimes certain foods such as alcohol or spicy foods can make it worse.

We recommend that everyone  use a good quality sunscreen for starters.  There are several prescription topical preparations such as brimonidine, azelaic acid , ivermectin and metronidazole that can be prescribed.  Oral medications such as tetracycline can be  used as anti-inflammatory agents or low dose isotretinoin.

A devise called IPL (intense pulsed light) is useful to reduce the intense redness of the skin or the visible capillaries and should be used with medical supervision.

All of the above are available through Clarite Laser after seeing our Medical Director.



Hyperpigmentation – combination therapy

Pigmentation (dark spots) on the skin cause many people to seek treatment.

You should always be checked by a physician first to ensure the spots are not of a medical concern.  If you do not have a physician, our experienced medical director will do an assessment.  Spots include  melasma, solar lentigines (“old age spots”), and postinflammatory hyperpigmentation (PIH).

We have many available treatments for this disorder including topical therapy such as retinoids, azelaic acid, kojic acid, hydroquinone in prescription formats as well as cosmeceutical products.  Procedures such as microdermabrasion , chemical peels , laser and IPL phototherapy can be used in combination with optimal results.   We also recommend particular combinations of sun protection to reduce the chance of the spots returning.

Melasma mostly occurs in women, although up to 10% of men may experience this problem also.  Heredity combined with hormones and  sun do play factors in this..  Lasers, peels and products must be used with caution because irritating the skin may in fact cause more pigmentation.

At Clarite we offer a special regime for this difficult to treat condition consisting of a series of specialized peels with products  and procedures for the face. .  The results are slow but noticeable.  For “age spots” often the IPL treatments or laser treatments with the Alexandrite laser can be offered with results in 1-3 treatments.