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Embracing Acne Awareness Month: Expert Insights on Skincare Trends

Toronto, ON – As June marks Acne Awareness Month, it is an opportune time to highlight the causes, prevention, and treatment options for acne, a condition that affects more than 5 million Canadians or nearly 20% of the population, according to the Acne and Rosacea Society of Canada.

With a plethora of skincare options available, navigating the latest trends can be overwhelming. Understanding their impact on acne-prone skin is crucial for making informed choices. We consulted board-certified dermatologist, Dr. Vincent Richer, to provide expert opinions on whether these trends are worth embracing or should be approached with caution.

The Power of Wearable Skincare

For individuals with busy lifestyles, convenient and discreet solutions are key. Acne patches, such as Neutrogena® Stubborn Acne Blemish Patches, have gained popularity. These ultra-thin patches offer a wearable, hassle-free option for addressing blemishes throughout the day or night. They provide an optimal healing environment and can be worn without disrupting daily activities.

Dr. Richer’s Verdict: Try it!

DIY Extractions and Harsh Scrubs

The desire for clear skin is universal, but some DIY trends may be counterproductive. DIY extractions and harsh scrubs can lead to inflammation, scarring, and worsened acne. Dr. Richer emphasizes the importance of proactive treatment and using gentle exfoliants to prevent the need for extractions and avoid further damage.

Dr. Richer’s Verdict: Skip it!

Holistic Approaches to Skincare

Many individuals are now embracing holistic skincare practices that extend beyond topical treatments. A balanced diet, regular exercise, healthy sleep habits, and stress management techniques like meditation can positively impact skin health. These comprehensive approaches are gaining traction among those seeking a broader solution to acne.

Dr. Richer’s Verdict: Try it!


Exfoliation is an important part of a skincare routine, but overdoing it can be detrimental. Some trends promote aggressive exfoliation, which can strip the skin’s protective barrier, leading to increased sensitivity and potential acne flare-ups. Gentle exfoliation is key to maintaining healthy skin.

Dr. Richer’s Verdict: Skip it!


Navigating the diverse landscape of skincare trends requires expert guidance, especially for those with acne-prone skin. Dr. Vincent Richer emphasizes the importance of adopting gentle, effective practices to manage acne. Innovations like acne patches are encouraged, while harmful trends such as DIY extractions and aggressive exfoliation should be avoided. Holistic approaches that enhance overall well-being complement traditional treatments, providing a comprehensive strategy for managing acne.

During Acne Awareness Month, and beyond, making informed skincare choices can lead to healthier skin and improved quality of life. Remember, you are not alone in this journey, and expert advice is available to help you every step of the way.

For more information on acne and treatment options, visit the Acne and Rosacea Society of Canada at www.acneaction.ca.

Tiana Squire

Tiana Squire is our Leisure and Lifestyle Writer, dedicated to covering a wide array of topics including restaurants & bars, fashion, travel and tourism, family events and entertainment. With a passion for exploring and sharing the best in leisure experiences, Tiana brings her unique perspective and enthusiasm to each piece she writes. For inquiries or feedback, contact Tiana at tiana.squire@gtaweekly.ca.

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