Acne from the Teens to Sixties

Acne varies with seasons

What exactly is acne?

Acne is a chronic condition involving the pilosebaceous units of the skin and mostly affects the face although can affect the back and chest also. 

What are some of the factors that cause acne?

-too much oil production
-oil and dead skin clogging follicles
-androgen levels

Many factors are involved in acne and treatments address several of these.
Acne can affect everyone differently. You may know someone who doesn’t care if he/she has acne, yet others can have their self esteem affected and suffer a negative emotional  impact . Also, acne scarring affects skin colors differently.  Darker complexions can suffer from hyperpigmentation (dark spots) and lighter complexions have red or pink spots from the acne. 

How do we  chose what treatment to use?

Cosmeceuticals, or skin care products will  be reviewed during your visit.  Harsh products should be avoided, or those that overly dry the skin.  Sometimes when clients come in for their first assessment they bring a bag full of products.  We review them , analyze what ingredients are needed in their situation and reduce  to the minimal effective products often with significant improvement of the skin. 

Prescriptions include benzoyl peroxide, salicylic acid, topical retinoids, azelaic acid and adapalene.  Recently Health Canada has approved a new topical medication indicated for truncal acne – that is – acne on the back and chest. 
If the acne is deeper, or cystic, then oral medication such as antibiotics or isotretinoin or  oral hormonal therapies in women  could be tried.

Is a wash with benzoyl peroxide effective? Probably not because there is too short a contact time with the skin. It may be of some help, but  a  longer contact time is needed for it to be effective. Prescription benzoyl peroxide may cause worsening of the acne initially before the skin improves. The skin can be dry, stinging and red but this usually settles after awhile by using hydrating moisturizers. Be careful with your sheets – benzoyl peroxide bleaches the clothing!

Retinoids also can cause acne to be worse initially before helping to clear the skin.  Sun sensitivity can occur so night time application is advised.
There are a few products that are combination of the above that can be helpful also.

And remember – NO PICKING!

Along with prescriptions, treatments such as chemical peels, acne facials   and IPL (photofacials) can be helpful in the treatment plan.

Nanobrow in Ottawa


Nanobrow Transformation



brow correction

Brow Correction by Nanobrow Technique


Are you tired of penciling in your brows? Now with everyone wearing masks, the eyes and brows are noticed more than ever.

Nanobrow is an advanced semi-permanent tattooing method. Each brow is tattooed stroke by stroke to create the individual look you want.   Whether the tail end of your brow is very fine, or your entire brow needs reshaping and filling, this could be the perfect technique for you.

At Clarite our technician is not only an artist, but has 10 years experience working with hair dyes, and has been working as a tattoo artist for two years. She will work with you to create the shape and colour that you want.

Have you ever noticed that sometimes tattooed  brows look too heavy or dark? Our artist will create the right colour and tone suitable for your face and hair colour regardless of your hair tone and age. 

What should you expect?

Services are provided with the safety you would expect in a medical facility. All rooms and surfaces are disinfected between clients, equipment is sterilized through a medical autoclave and much more. 

During your first visit, our artist has a consultation with you which includes mapping out the brow shape your would like and discussing any other of your brow goals. 

Before tattooing, a numbing cream is applied for 1/2 an hour.  

How long does the tattooing take?

It can vary between 1 – 2 hours. The entire appointment takes 2 1/2 – 3 1/2 hours.

After the procedure, you will be provided with after care information and a kit.  

What to expect when healing.

You can expect the brows to be sensitive.  The brow’s colour will be darker and lighten as the healing occurs over 3 weeks.  No make-up should be applied on the area. 

In the 1st 24 hours you will experience some redness. You will be provided with after care information and products.

After 24 hours you may experience some itchiness and flaking for which advise will be  given. 

For examples of our artist’s work see Instagram.


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.

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