Illuminate Skin Therapies

Inflammatory Acne

Inflammatory Acne

Inflammatory Acne: What Is It?

Inflammatory acne can form to varying degrees at all layers of the skin and presents in many ways due to several factors including hormonal shifts and imbalances stimulating oil production, which leads to the growth of bacteria- trapped in the pores. Diet, stress (overproduction of cortisol), and environmental factors can also cause cystic acne. Inflammatory acne is a more advanced classification of acne, which has several characteristics including Papules, Pustules, Nodules + Cysts. Pustules and Papules are more moderate, while Nodules and Cysts are more severe and require long-term treatment strategies.


What Causes Inflammatory Acne?

Although sebum and dead skin cells may play a role in the surface, textural symptoms of inflammatory acne, congestion and the resulting bacteria are likely from inflammation that starts at the hair follicle and expresses outward. This leads to varied symptoms and characteristics:

  • Papules: Result when the wall of the pore breaks down due to advanced inflammation, resulting in hard, congested pores that are tender to the touch and are pink in appearance.
  • Pustules: Form when the wall of the pore breaks down, however unlike papules, pustules are filled with pus. These bumps protrude from the skin and are red in color; white and yellow fluid may form on the surface of the skin.
  • Nodules: Occur due to enduring, prolonged congestion that persists as pores grow larger. Unlike pustules and papules, nodules appear due to inflammation deep in the skin layers.
  • Cysts: May develop when pores are congested by a combination of bacteria, sebum, and dead skin cells. The congestion site is deep within the skin, further below the surface than nodules, and forms large red or white bumps, which are painful to the touch. Cysts are the largest and most progressed form of acne, resulting from advanced inflammation due to infection; Cysts are also the most likely to result in scarring.

Who Can Experience Inflammatory Acne? 

  • Clients of all colour and age
  • Clients prone to inflammation, due to prolonged stress, or hormone irregularity
  • Clients who consume an inflammation-promoting diet, who smoke or consume excess alcohol

What Are The Most Effective Treatments?

Laser therapy, when skillfully applied, helps to eliminate bacteria, leading to reduced inflammation barriers throughout the hair follicle and all the way to the pore opening. This eases the flow of sebum and reduces the tendency toward congestion. Laser therapy can also ease the effects of  TEWL (trans-epidermal water loss), which can happen when oil doesn’t arrive at the surface and permeate skin to nourish vs. congest. Illuminate’s complimentary consult is ideal to assess the nature of your inflammation and to develop a strategy that’s tailored to you and that can adjust to the ever-changing nature of your skin.

  • We Recommend:
    • Complexion Rehab
    • Radiance + Remedy
    • Dermal Infusion
    • Radiance + Refresh: A combination of the above
    • Hormone balancing diet
    • Stress-reducing diet and lifestyle
  • The Benefits:
    • Reduced Bacteria leading to reduced inflammation
    • Enhanced sebum flow, which moisturizes skin preventing TEWL, flaking, and irritation 
    • Regulated more refined skin, smooth texture, and elevated glow
    • Reduced risk of scarring

Complimentary Consults

Perhaps the most important phase of our journey together is your complimentary consultation. This is your opportunity to see what our passion for the details of your skin will look like with Illuminate as your skincare guide can look like! During this 30-45 minutes of shared exchange, we will get to know your skin in real-time, develop an appreciation for the way you care for your skin, and hopefully answer any questions you have! We are here to help you develop or expand upon your individual skincare philosophy, including best practices, care, and services! 


Illuminate Skin Therapies offers a variety of skincare solutions to address a number of challenging skin conditions. Here you can explore the skin health challenges and the effective and enhancing services we provide and the options available to achieve your most radiant and vital complexion.

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