Acne is one of the most commonly treated conditions in our Richmond cosmetic clinic. While acne can have many root causes, including hormones, diet, and genetics, at the skin level what causes acne is excessive oil production, bacteria proliferation, and dead cell build up which leads to a blockage at the opening of a pore. 

By definition, acne is the occurrence of inflamed or infected oil glands within the skin, and it may affect the face or body. Acne can occur on the cheeks and jawline, forehead, chest, shoulders and back. Acne scars form as a result of acne lesions breaking down the pore walls, which damages the surrounding tissue. Scars can be textured (indented or raised) or pigmented (red or reddish-brown).

At 67 Degrees Cosmetic Clinic, we take a comprehensive approach to treating acne by addressing each level and type of acne and acne scars.



Acne can appear as non-inflammatory and inflammatory. It is not uncommon to have a different types of acne lesions present at one time, as it is a progressive formation from non-inflammatory blockage to inflamed or infected lesion.

Whiteheads or Milia can form when the blockage in a pore initially occurs. It appears “white” or like a flesh-coloured bump, as at this stage there is no infection or inflammation present.

Blackheads occur when the pore is clogged with sebum (oil) and dead skin cells but remains open. The oil oxidizes when exposed to oxygen and begins to look black or greyish in colour.

Papules, often called pimples, are when whiteheads become inflamed and infected. The skin around the pore is usually red or pink, and sometimes sensitive to touch.

Pustules are the next stage, when the body begins to fight the infection. This type of acne lesion is marked by being much redder in colour with a yellow or white centre.

Cysts or cystic acne is the most severe stage of acne. They are very large, extremely painful and swollen breakouts and are caused by significant infection within the skin or body.

Since acne can be such a complex condition to treat, the best course of action is to speak with one of our licensed specialists to tailor a treatment plan specifically to your needs. At 67 Degrees Cosmetic Clinic we take a holistic approach to acne, meaning that we address all aspects that are contributing to problematic skin, including lifestyle, diet, stress, and skincare routine.

Treatments for acne include:
ZO Skin Health medical grade skincare
Ellipse IPL to kill bacteria and reduce blood flow to the oil gland to decrease oil
Meso-Botox to decrease size and oil production from gland

Depending on your type of acne scar, 67 Degrees Cosmetic Clinic has options for all and our specialists will assist you in selecting the best choice. These options can include:

Vbeam or Ellipse IPL for red and brown acne scars
Nordlys Frax or CO2RE to resurface acne scars
Profound RF for pitted acne scars
Dermal Filler to raise deeply pitted scars