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The Science Behind Medical Grade Facials at Bella Sante MD

We are big believers in bringing your inner glow to the surface. At Bella Sante in Saskatoon, we know that medical-grade facials are a fantastic way to help you achieve a radiant complexion. But we understand that you might have questions about its efficacy and whether it's worth it.

Whether you have tried a medical-grade facial, a spa facial, or you're completely new to the skin rejuvenation realm, we are happy to ease you into a skincare routine that will leave your skin feeling and looking better as you age.

In this article, we'll answer some of the most common questions we receive, such as what exactly are medical-grade facials? How can they improve the quality of your skin? And, what is the science behind their effectiveness? So, let's dive into this topic together and explore the wonders of medical-grade facials.

What Are Medical Grade Facials?

Medical-grade facials are the most gratifying way to brighten up your skin, get a deep exfoliation, and give the skin much-needed hydration. They are administered by our team of medical aestheticians, guided by physician-led protocols.

This distinction allows our treatment providers to use clinic-grade solutions for treating deeper onto the skin (epidermis), which is not normally performed in a spa. This can effectively target surficial sun damage, pigmentation, acne scars, fine lines, wrinkles, and smoothens the texture of the skin.

Medical-grade facials are customized for your comfort level and skin concerns. This can range from chemical peels, diamond glow microdermabrasion treatments, to HydraFacial treatments. In the end, a facial can leave you with smoother, clearer, and more youthful-looking skin that you'll love showing off.

What are the Active Ingredients in a Medical Grade Facial?

An Infographic About Medical Grade Facials

Medical-grade solutions can consist of glycolic acid, a blend of alpha-hydroxy acid (AHA), beta-hydroxy acid (BHA), or a trichloroacetic acid (TCA), which is a stronger and deeper medical peel- giving you better results, faster.

  • AHAs are naturally found in fruits and milk, which work to reveal a brighter and more even complexion by removing dead skin cells.

  • BHAs, on the other hand, are great for penetrating deep into your pores and are often included in products for people with acne-prone skin.

  • Hyaluronic acid is a naturally occurring humectant in our skin, responsible for keeping our skin hydrated and plump. Using hyaluronic acid in facials will give your skin a luminous and hydrating boost.

  • Vitamin A, also known as retinoids, was originally used to treat acne, but with further clinical research, it has been proven to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

These peels are designed to speed up cell turnover, eliminating dead skin cells sitting on our skin and eventually exposing fresh skin cells- creating a brighter and smoother complexion.

To achieve your desired skincare outcomes, it is essential to be consistent with your medical-grade facials. Your clinician will guide you on the most suitable frequency of treatments, with a monthly session being commonly advised to ensure you reap the full cumulative benefits.

Medical Grade Facials at Bella Sante

Obagi Blue Peel ®

Obagi Blue Peel®: The blue peel consists of a low concentration of trichloroacetic acid (TCA). Unlike deep-depth TCA peels, this medical-grade solution is mixed with a special blue base to slow penetration.

Obagi Blue Peel® is an effective treatment to resurface pigmented skin from sun damage, melasma, or post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation (PIH). Plus, with its medium-depth application, it can also reduce fine lines by improving the skin's elastin and collagen production.

DP4 Microneedling

DP4 Microneedling: Step up your facial treatment game by levelling up to a microneedling session. Microneedling (collagen induction therapy) has the ability to treat deeper into the skin by creating controlled micro-injuries to promote collagen production.

Collagen is a protein responsible for the skin's structure and firmness. Over time, this protein slows down with age and lifestyle, resulting in fine lines, wrinkles, and sagging skin or laxity. Microneedling helps to speed up collagen production, which can visibly reduce aging concerns and also acne scars- whether it's icepick acne scarring, atrophic, or hypertrophic acne scarring.

Diamond Dermabrasion Facial

Diamond Dermabrasion Facial: This luxurious 3-in-1 facial is a clinic favourite for beginners and patients who are in between treatments. The diamond facial is powered by a Dermal-infusion technology, which exfoliates, extracts, and hydrates the skin.

While the treatment gives your skin an immediate glow after the treatment, it's also a good long-term solution for treating dry and dehydrated skin, aging skin, minimizing the appearance of pores, and brightening the skin.


Dermaplaning: This is a facial treatment that is actually one of the most dermatologist-backed solutions for dealing with dull skin or peach fuzz. Using a medical-grade scalpel, it gently abrades the skin's surface to remove vellus hair (peach fuzz) while also polishing the skin free from dead skin cells sitting on the surface.

This is a pregnancy and breastfeeding-safe treatment because the treatment does not use active ingredients to penetrate the skin or uses dermal infusion.

Excited to Start Your Skincare Journey at Bella Sante?

As a premier cosmetic and laser clinic located in Saskatoon, our team is brimming with passionate skincare professionals. We are always happy to guide you through your skincare journey.

Every treatment plan is tailored to address your individual concerns, needs, goals, and budget. We prioritize providing you with a comprehensive 360° approach to ensure we meet your specific objectives.

Book your complimentary consultation today to learn more about facials, medical-grade skincare, and other science-backed treatments that can pair beautifully with your skin goals!

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