Category: Acne & Acne Scars

Stop Summer Breakouts – Summer Acne Series: Part 2

There are hundreds of cleansers and topical products to help get rid of acne and stop summer breakouts. Figuring out which ones will work for your skin can be difficult. Today, we’re covering the best cleansers and topical products to help treat and prevent acne. If you’re one of the millions of people who suffer from acne breakouts—don’t worry! The following products can help treat acne at the source so your skin will be clear all summer long!

(Check out Part 1 of our Summer Acne Series for treatments that work wonders for getting rid of acne.)

We’re going to break down our products into two categories: skin cleansers and topical products.

Best Skin Cleansers to Treat Acne

There are many different skin cleansers to help with all types of skin issues. For acne and breakouts, our Dermacare Experts recommend these skin cleansers: 

  1. Dermacare’s BPO 5% or 10% cleanser
  2. Dermacare’s Clarifying Cleanser
  3. SkinMedica’s AHA/BHA cleanser

Dermacare’s BPO 5% and 10% cleansers

Dermacare’s BPO 5% and 10% cleansers contain BPO. BPO stands for benzoyl peroxide. Cleansers containing BPO are great for driving oxygen into the skin. This is important because acne bacteria can’t survive in oxygen. These products are great for preventing and treating acne breakouts. 

You’ll see even more improvement when using this alongside an acne treatment service such as BLU-U® Light, a Light Chemical Peel, or BBL Forever Clear. 

It’s important to note that BPO cleansers can dry out some people’s skin. If your skin is prone to being dry, choosing a preparation and schedule for using it, as well as pairing with a good moisturizer will be helpful. 

Dermacare’s Clarifying Cleanser 

Dermacare’s Clarifying Cleanser contains 2% salicylic acid. It’s great for those who have acne and who either have drier skin or skin that may not respond well to BPO cleaners. Everyone’s skin is different so it’s important to find what works best for you!

A salicylic acid cleaner is great for those with congested skin and comedonal acne (“whiteheads” and “blackheads”), but is also a beneficial option for those who have acne with lots of inflammation. This is because salicylic acid helps to unclog pores by breaking down dead skin cells and oils, such as sebum. Once broken down, dead skin and oils can more easily release from pores and be washed away. 

SkinMedica’s AHA/BHA Exfoliating Cleanser

SkinMedica’s AHA/BHA Exfoliating Cleanser contains microbeads, alpha hydroxy acid, and beta hydroxy acid (salicylic acid). These ingredients work together to exfoliate the skin, leaving it with a nice, healthy glow. The exfoliating abilities of this cleanser make it great for those who have acne scarring or need a little help with the texture of their skin. 

This cleanser is perfect for those who have more resilient skin and can tolerate a bit more. 

Best Topical Products to Treat Acne

At DermacareHR, we have a lot of topical medical-grade skincare products to treat acne. All of these products are prescription strength or “pharmaceutical” quality. This is important because it means that they work at the cellular level to actually improve the function of skin cells. The product bases are pH-balanced and formulated in a way to ensure that the active ingredients are able to actually be absorbed into the skin. This means they’re not just left sitting on the surface of the face. This is different from “cosmeceutical” quality products that can be purchased at a retail store. (Cosmeceutical products often mask damaged skin instead of treating the problem.)

Dermacare Experts recommend these five topical products for acne breakouts and prevention:

  1. SkinMedica’s Retinol Complex (comes in 0.25%, 0.5%, and 1% strengths)
  2. AlumierMD’s Bright & Clear Solution
  3. Dermacare’s Acne Control Serum
  4. Image’s Clear Cell Restoring Serum
  5. Dermacare’s HydraLite moisturizer

SkinMedica’s Retinol Complex 

One of the most popular topical products is the SkinMedica’s Retinol Complex. This comes in 0.25%, 0.5%, and 1% strengths. Retinol is the only topical ingredient that can be applied to the top of skin and penetrate down to the dermis. This means it can also push other products deeper into the skin, making them more effective. (Fun Fact: We can even incorporate vitamin C with it to increase efficiency, or Dermacare’s Acne Control Serum to help penetrate the skin on a deeper level.) This product is also a great exfoliant, which makes it good at treating acne.

Because of the Retinol content in this product, it can be rather potent. For this reason, it’s best to use it 2-3 times a week while your skin has time to adjust.

AlumierMD’s Bright & Clear Solution

This award-winning skin conditioning solution helps refine your complexion. It uses lactic acid and caviar lime to gently exfoliate to brighten and improve skin texture. Lactic acid is a great ingredient for acne treatment as it is part of the alpha hydroxy acid family. It’s good for exfoliating dead skin cells and helps renew and strengthen skin. It also helps improve the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

This product also contains salicylic acid which helps exfoliate and soothe the skin. Salicylic acid is also oil-soluble. This allows it to penetrate deep into pores where it can exfoliate inside the follicle, targeting congestion. 

This product is great for people with acne and can be used once or twice daily. It’s also a good daily skin care product for people who do not have acne.

Dermacare’s Acne Control Serum

This acne control serum is amazing! It contains 5% BPO, so it’s great at driving oxygen into the skin. (Remember, driving oxygen into the skin helps kill acne-causing bacteria.) The serum is formulated to be applied to dry skin as a spot treatment for acne lesions after cleansing, and it can be used in the morning, evening, or both. Being able to use this twice a day makes it a good option for those suffering from severe acne and those prone to oily skin. This product pairs well with either a BPO or salicylic acid cleaner. 

Image’s Clear Cell Restoring Serum

To heal your skin while you sleep, we recommend trying the Image Skincare’s Clear Cell Restoring Serum. It’s a great nighttime serum for acne-prone skin which helps to calm and heal skin over time. It’s non-clogging, oil-free, and includes vitamin B6 to help reduce irritation and inflammation. Image’s Clear Cell Restoring Serum helps to decrease oil production without drying out the skin, and it tends to help nicely with hormonal acne flares!

Dermacare’s HydraLite Moisturizer

Now that we’ve covered cleansers and topical products like serums, let’s talk about moisturizers. It’s a common misconception that moisturizing your skin will cause more breakouts. It’s actually very important to keep your skin hydrated. What you want to avoid are moisturizers that clog your pores. Our HydraLite Moisturizer is an oil-free, lightweight moisturizer that’s non-comedogenic (meaning it won’t clog your pores). It’s great for hydrating and doesn’t leave a heavy feeling on the skin.

If you have questions or want to find out which products are best for your acne, you can book a free virtual consultation with one of our Dermacare Experts. If you already know which one you want—give us a call at 757-317-3748 to order!

If you’ve read Summer Acne Series Part 1 and 2 and still don’t know what to do about your acne, we’re here to help! You can give us a call at 757-317-3748 or book a free virtual consultation. Our Dermacare Experts will listen to your concerns and current skincare routines then recommend a course of treatment tailored to your needs.

Will Microdermabrasion Help With Acne Scars?

Will Microdermabrasion Help With Acne Scars?

Acne scars can often look like shallow indentations or lesions, usually on the face. They can also be slightly raised and thick looking. They can form anywhere on the body where acne breakouts occur. Some confuse the discoloration of the skin after a pimple heals for scarring, but this is post-inflammatory acne hyperpigmentation.

If you have acne scars, you are not alone. Roughly 40% of active acne patients have them, too. While post-acne hyperpigmentation can sometimes rebalance naturally over time, acne scarring does not always decrease in appearance without treatment.

What Is Microdermabrasion?

Microdermabrasion works in the upper dermis and stratus corneum of the skin, not the deep dermis. It is an aesthetic treatment that removes the outermost layer of skin to encourage the body to produce healthy, vibrant skin. By itself, it is not the best treatment for acne scars since they can often reach the deep dermis.

How to Treat Acne Scarring

Treating acne scarring involves a unique and multipronged approach for each individual patient. It is important to pinpoint why acne breakouts happen and address reducing those breakouts through better skin health and care before tackling scars.

Once breakouts are under control, there is a combination of treatments that can address and decrease the appearance of acne scars. The combination of treatments will depend on your desired results and the visible scarring and/or hyperpigmentation. Some of the tools we use include:

  • Chemical Peel: Multiple skin issues can be treated with a chemical peel. When it comes to acne, we use this treatment to help control it, minimize scaring, and decrease discoloration.

  • BBL: Broad Band Light or BBL is one of our most powerful tools. It can treat deep lesion acne scars and address hyperpigmentation. We often combine it with products to tame acne and improve overall skin health and appearance.

  • Halo: Skin texture can be negatively impacted by acne scars. Halo is one of our preferred options for treating skin texture issues. It is an excellent tool for reversing and diminishing the look of scars.

  • Vivace Radiofrequency: Microneedling is yet another option that can help focus on skin texture and reduce the visibility of scars. We specialize in multiple microneedling tools, with Vivace being one of the cutting-edge technologies at our disposal.

If you have acne scars, contact us today for a free consultation. We take a unique, multipronged approach to acne challenges. You will not find a more qualified team of acne experts anywhere else in Hampton Roads.

5 Ways MedSpa Treatments Improve Skin Health

5 Ways MedSpa Treatments Improve Skin Health

MedSpas offer a variety of treatments and products designed and clinically proven to improve many skin conditions. At Dermacare of Hampton Roads, we are a MedSpa equipped to treat acne, rosacea, dry or dehydrated skin, sun damage, pigmentation issues, and fine lines and wrinkles. Our treatments can cosmetically improve your skin and make you look younger, but they’re far more than just cosmetic. MedSpa treatments can improve skin health.

MedSpa vs. Day Spa

MedSpas are set apart from day spa treatments by technology. Dermacare is unique thanks to the variety of lasers and light-based treatments that we offer and how they can improve the overall skin health. We carry advanced technologies, such as lasers, fillers, Botox, and medical-grade skincare products.

One of the many lasers we offer is the Sciton Forever Young BBL. It’s a revolutionary laser system that targets skin imperfections at a cellular level. It can improve skin health and provides major short-term and long-term benefits.

#1: Treatment of Common Skin Concerns

Who doesn’t like accomplishing two things at once, especially when it’s effortless? That’s what MedSpa treatments like Forever Young BBL can do for you.

Not only can Forever Young repair damaged skin, but it can also offer age-defying benefits. The broadband light treatment safely and precisely treats numerous skin conditions, and it doesn’t matter where the skin is affected. Forever Young can be used anywhere on the body to treat common skin conditioning including:

  • Rosacea
  • Sun damage
  • Sun spots
  • Hyperpigmentation
  • Age spots
  • Facial veins

#2: Anti-Aging Benefits

The Forever Young treatment specifically targets skin cells and alters the expression of the genes associated with the aging process to closely mimic the look and feel of younger skin. But that’s not the only treatment we offer with anti-aging benefits. Almost all of our services contribute to skin rejuvenation in different ways.

Your skin’s health – everything from its immune system to the amount of damage it has endured over the years – shows. MedSpa treatments are not merely cosmetic because the most ideal results and anti-aging benefits are achieved by improving and maintaining skin health.

#3: Anywhere, Anytime

Forever Young BBL is effective on all body areas, and it’s not the only treatment capable of generating results. It’s often used to treat the face, neck, chest, arms, and hands. A consultation with one of our specialists is necessary to determine your candidacy for this procedure. During your consultation, we’ll assess your goals and recommend the best treatments for achieving them.

#4: No Surgery, No Downtime

Most of our MedSpa treatments are non-invasive and require limited to no downtime. In most cases, our patients can carry on with their daily activities after most procedures.

#5: Long-Lasting Results

Further studies conclude that patients with regular Forever Young BBL treatments see long-lasting results. These studies also include patients who were treated more than 10 years ago!

Each of our treatments generates lasting results in various ways, but much of the success of maintaining visible improvements with MedSpa treatments depends on consistent and correct skincare at home. Your esthetician is trained to select the products that will most benefit your skin and advise you on how to maintain your results between visits.

Let’s talk skincare! Contact us today for a complimentary consultation.

5 Reasons to Get a Deep Cleansing Facial

5 Reasons to Get a Deep Cleansing Facial

When it comes to who should get a deep cleansing facial, the answer is YOU, and everyone you know – man or woman, young or old. A great daily skincare routine is vital to maintaining healthy, fresh-looking skin, but turning the reigns over to a professional and getting a facial treatment should also be a staple of your skincare routine. Skincare professionals recommend having a deep cleansing facial at least once a month or every 4-6 weeks.

But why get a deep cleansing facial? And why should you go for them so regularly?

5 Reasons to Get a Deep Cleansing Facial

Why Deep Cleansing Facials Rock

A deep cleansing facial or DCF is the most common treatment performed by estheticians. It’s a great way for your provider to gain a good understanding of your skin before recommending more or different treatments (if needed). A deep cleansing facial includes:

  • Skin analysis
  • Makeup removal
  • Skin cleansing
  • Exfoliation
  • Steaming
  • Extractions
  • Treatment mask
  • Serum/moisturizer
  • Broad spectrum sun protection

Deep cleansing facials are a multi-step skin treatment that can include exfoliation, face masks, cleansing, a facial massage, steam, and a variety of creams and lotions. There are a variety of facials that are chosen depending on your specific skin issues and skin type. Some are good for skin-firming, others are great for removing dead skin and revealing a fresh layer, and still others focus on solving a particular skin condition or treating problem areas. Your esthetician will recommend a DCF frequency based on your skin analysis. While it’s standard to recommend a facial every 4-6 weeks, your esthetician may recommend a different schedule based on your individual skin needs or concerns.

In many cases, multiple treatments are needed to accomplish the desired skin care goals. Generally, a series of deep cleaning facials, as well as a daily skincare regimen designed for your skin type, is recommended for producing ideal results.

Here are five reasons you should be getting a deep cleansing facial regularly.

#1: It’s Great for Everyone

Almost any skin type or skin condition can receive (and benefit) from a deep cleansing facial. Everyone – no matter their skin – can benefit from expert exfoliation of dead skin cell debris plus blackhead and whitehead extraction. But wait! There’s more…

#2: Professional Exfoliation and Extraction

A DCF is a great way to let a professional work their skin rejuvenation magic. During a facial, the exfoliation, extraction, steam, and mask application help refresh and renew the skin on a level you just can’t achieve at home. The result is a healthy, radiant glow that will stand out in the long run as your skin is consistently cared for and restored.

#3: Deep Cleansing

Just as the name indicates, a deep cleaning facial provides DEEP cleaning. This cleansing helps rid the skin of unwanted buildup of oil, toxins, dirt, bacteria, and all skin cell debris – all of which contribute to unwanted skin conditions like acne and premature aging.

5 Reasons to Get a Deep Cleansing Facial

#4: Stress Relief and Self-Care

Self-care cannot be undervalued in the high-stress environment we live in. It’s important to find ways to relieve stress and what better way than some spa time? The massage that comes with a DCF and the peaceful, relaxed environment at Dermacare of Hampton Roads fit the bill. And just think, you have a reason to treat yourself monthly because facials should be a reoccurring event in your skincare routine.

Did we mention we have a membership program to save you money on some pampering? Check it out here.

#5: Promote Youthfulness and Skin Health

Facial treatments can prevent visible signs of aging and increase skin health. They hydrate the skin and increase blood circulation. They also improve your skin’s absorption abilities, which means the products you use to keep your skin young and healthy will be better absorbed following a facial.


Treat yourself! Contact us today to schedule your very own deep cleansing facial.

Image Skin Care

Simply Skin Care: A Look at Image Skincare

Image Skincare is a collection of clinically proven skincare products. Its lines are powered by safe, active ingredients and smart botanicals.

The Story Behind Image Skincare

In 2003, the Image Skincare brand was born. The products were created by an aesthetician and formulated by a plastic surgeon. This partnership of experts know skin inside and out.

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Faces of Dermacare: Whitney Devall, RN

The MedSpa is perhaps one of the most underappreciated facilities to the average person struggling with a skin condition. While a traditional dermatologist is the go-to first (and only) stop for people suffering from acne, rosacea, blemishes, natural aging, and other skin-related conditions, there’s a place even more in-tune with the challenges your skin faces – a place dedicated to skin health. In Hampton Roads, it’s Dermacare, and it’s staff members like Whitney Devall, Registered Nurse that make the difference.

Whitney has been with Dermacare since September of 2017. “I have been drawn to the field for several years,” she says. “The revolutionary technology that’s ever-evolving amazes me. I love that I can help reverse the aging process without using surgery.”

Patients appreciate a good listener, which is why listening to a patient’s concerns and giving them her undivided attention is critical to Whitney. “It shows I care about their concerns and respect what they have to say. In addition, it allows me to provide the most appropriate treatment.”

Getting to Know Whitney

“My husband and I are both from Louisiana,” says Whitney. “I take pride in my southern roots and values.”

Whitney is a wife, mother, and RN. She loves balancing these roles. She enjoys being outdoors and staying physically active. You’ll often find her chasing her toddler. She cherishes family time and loves taking her family to visit their hometown as often as possible.

Whitney’s Favorite Treatments

“As a nurse for almost 10 years, I feel most comfortable behind a needle.”

Who wouldn’t want such an experienced expert handling an injection-based procedure? Whitney is an advocate of Botox and dermal fillers, especially for lip enhancement, but her knowledge and passion isn’t limited to injectables.

“As someone who struggles with acne and an imbalance in oil and dryness, I enjoy helping patients with similar issues,” says Whitney. “I have found great improvement in my skin with our Ormedic cleanser and restoring serum. Because of this, I am a huge promoter of these products for our acne patients.”

It’s not surprising that Whitney’s preferred treatment to receive is excellent for acne. She likes Hampton Road’s BBL FotoFacial because it treats all of her problems areas – acne, laxity, pigmentation – with little downtown, which is highly essential to anyone juggling her many roles!

If you’re interested in injectables or struggling with acne, stop by. Ask for Whitney and meet the whole Hampton Roads Dermacare family.

Hampton Roads Acne Treatments

Tame Your Acne Before Spring and Summer

With spring and summer come warmer temperatures, outdoor activities, and a combination of sweat, skin oils, and bacteria – the perfect storm for acne breakouts. If this sounds like you, then you’re probably trying to find a solution before spring and summer peak. Dermacare has a combo to tame your acne that you cannot afford to ignore.

The Multipronged Approach

One of the biggest problems with “run of the mill” acne treatments is that they are “run of the mill.” So many over-the-counter products and cookie cutter regimens fail to take into consideration what is causing your acne. Why? Because these types of “solutions” aren’t made especially for YOU. Instead, they are made to be mass produced and sold. While they may work for some and deliver limited results for others, they are a waste of time and money for thousands of people just like you.

Have you tried over-the-counter products and many skin regimens with little to no success? Maybe you haven’t done anything to curb your acne just yet. Either way, you are a perfect fit for the MedSpa acne approach or multipronged approach. Our acne specialists will work to understand what is causing your acne before establishing a treatment plan, but we don’t stop there. We monitor your results and adjust as needed to help you achieve maximum results.

BBL Treatments + Products

Our recipe for success is different for every patient, but we have found a combo to tame acne that works for many: BBL treatments + select products.

BBL treatments use Broad Band Light technology. This tech is highly successful in treating inflammatory and cystic acne and often outperforms alternative and oral medications including long-term antibiotics. BBL works by applying short wavelengths of blue-light spectrum light to the skin, which attacks p.acne bacteria on the skin’s surface and in the sebaceous gland. A second step with a red-light filter then helps reduce redness and deeper acne lesions. Lastly, the SkinTyte settings are used to reduce sebaceous gland activity or oil production.

Reducing acne breakouts and the appearance of acne scars demands the use of excellent skincare products. At Dermacare of Hampton Roads, we use Image and SkinMedica, which are medical-grade product lines. We recommend products based on individual assessments, suspected acne causes, and your unique lifestyle.

Treatment Options Don’t Stop At BBL

We also work with a wide range of result-producing acne treatment options, including:

  • Acne BLU-U® Light Treatment: One of the latest BBL technologies for treating mild to moderate recurrent acne.
  • Sciton BBLs Acne Treatment: A BBL treatment that can be fine-tuned for nearly any skin type.
  • Halo Hybrid Fractional Laser: A powerful and highly customizable laser that assists in reducing scars, enlarged pores, and discoloration.
  • Laser Genesis®: An excellent treatment for reducing acne scarring.
  • SkinPen Microneedling: A state-of-the-art system for reducing the most persistent acne scars.


We also work with aesthetic treatment options that include chemical peels, microdermabrasion, and deep cleansing facials.

It’s time to tame your acne with Hampton Roads acne treatments! Let our team of experts pinpoint the probable cause of your acne and devise a treatment program especially for you. It all starts with a free consultation. Contact us today!

Dermacare Membership

A New You With a Dermacare Membership

New Year, new you. Are you ready to make your New Year awesome? There’s no better time than the present to plan for greatness. At Dermacare of Hampton Roads, we have some membership plans that can help you find new confidence and support your best skin care routine.

Why Invest in a Membership?

Skin care isn’t a one-and-done task. Healthy skin needs regular maintenance along with home care products, which is why investing in a Dermacare Difference membership is so essential.

Monthly skin treatments are important because, as you age, your skin cell turnover rate naturally slows, leaving you with dull and blah-looking skin. The process of shedding the skin is called desquamation. Monthly treatments force skin cell turnover through exfoliation, which is especially important to skin prone to acne.

Dermacare Difference Membership

Are you new to skin care and esthetics? Maybe you’re looking to improve your skin on a conservative budget or want to see what a laser and skin care clinic can do for you. Our Dermacare Difference Membership is great for people just like you.

The Dermacare Difference Membership is affordable and full of value. It provides a monthly aesthetic service, which is your choice of a light chemical peel, dermaplanning exfoliation treatment, microdermabrasion, or a deep cleansing facial. These services are priced at $150, but the membership costs you just $119!

In addition to the discounted monthly service, as a Dermacare Difference member, you will receive discounts on our medical-grade skin care products, laser treatments, dermal fillers, and Botox. Your skin care routine is a major factor in your skin’s appearance, and these additional discounts will help you create the best routine to achieve your best results.

Dermacare Difference Forever Young Membership

If have regularly been a skin care and esthetics patient, you may already know the value of clinical treatments. Even if you are new to aesthetics, you may be ready to take a more aggressive approach to maintaining youthful skin. Maybe you’re ready to incorporate monthly laser treatments or take the next step in your best skin care routine. You need the Dermacare Difference Forever Young membership.

The Forever Young membership provides affordable access to several different types of laser treatments. In addition to the monthly aesthetic service and larger discounts on skin care products and Botox/fillers, it incorporates four Forever Young BBL treatments and eight other laser and light treatments for 30 minutes each. These are valued at over $400 each. Not only is this membership a huge savings, but it’s also customizable, making it easy to work with your provider to create an individual treatment plan designed to achieve your skin goals.

Dermacare Difference Acne Membership

Do you have acne? Maybe you’ve tried topical and oral antibiotics and seen little to no improvement. You’ve probably used over-the-counter acne products and seen inconsistent or limited results. You might have struggled with products that initially worked but were too harsh and damaged your skin. A MedSpa acne treatment at Dermacare takes a completely different approach — one that can make a huge difference. If you struggle with acne, the Dermacare Difference Acne Program may be the solution you’ve been looking for.

Our acne program is a step above the rest because of our multi-pronged treatment approach. We know your skin is unique. During your consultation and initial assessment, Carrie Labert, our physician assistant who has a strong background in medical dermatology, will take an in-depth approach to pinpointing the contributing factors to your acne breakouts. A customized treatment program designed to give you the best skin care routine will be made just for you.

As a laser and skin care clinic, we are on the cutting edge of today’s medical technology. Since opening our doors in May of 2006, we have and continue to make a difference in the lives of people throughout our community and beyond. We can help you improve your health and appearance – two things that dramatically boost wellbeing.

Our Dermacare Difference memberships help keep your best skin care routine affordable and customizable, so your unique needs are best met. It’s a New Year. It’s time for a new you. Let us help revitalize, rejuvenate, and refresh your skin.

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