Acne

Acne

What is acne?

Acne is not caused by bad diet or greasy food as many urban myths would have it. In fact it develops when the sebaceous glands produce excess oil. This oil combines with the cells that line the gland wall and clogs the skin's pores. Normal skin bacteria colonise these pores and the body's response causes the reddening and inflammation of skin that we associate with acne. One of the key bacteria is Propionibacterium acnes or P.acnes.

Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) for acne

The light emitted from our IPL system uses a specific wavelength, directly targeting overactive sebaceous glands. This greatly reduces the number and severity of active lesions, lessening inflammation and occurrence of break-outs. The light also stimulates the production of collagen to improve skin texture. It can also work to reduce the appearance of red and brown marks associated with acne breakouts.

How is the treatment carried out?

A layer of chilled gel is applied to cleansed skin. The quartz light guide is gently placed onto the skin and a short pulse of light is applied. Cool air is blown onto the skin to minimise discomfort , most people experience a warm feeling as each pulse is applied. After the whole area is treated moisturisers, aloe vera and sunblock are applied. Sunblock is needed post treatments as the skin is made more sun sensitive for up to a month after.

Am I suitable for treatment?

Almost everyone is suitable unless you are very dark skinned or have a suntan. We recommend a period of at least 2 weeks before or after sun exposure before a treatment is carried out. In the first trimester of pregnancy or if taking Roaccutane ( an acne medication) it is not advised to have IPL treatment. You may be treated 6 months after finishing a course of Roaccutane if the medication hasn't worked.

What should I expect afterwards?

Immediately following treatment your skin may be red , slightly swollen and a warm tingling sensation may be felt. You will be given a post treatment form to take away which will advise you how to care for your skin . A sun block and aloe vera will always be applied .

Are there any side effects?

Most redness usually disappears within a couple of hours after treatment. During consultation you will be advised of any risks . Rarely a small blister could form, or the skin may become temporarily lighter or darker.

How long does treatment take?

A typical session is approximately 30 minutes. IPL treatment may be combined with Glycolic Acid facial peels or microdermabrasion for maximum results.

How many treatments are necessary?

This varies from person to person , but typically 6 IPL treatments and 6 exfoliating treatments will result in significant improvement.

IPL treatments should take place fortnightly with a peel or microdermabrasion in between.

Consultation Procedure

Prior to treatment you must first undergo a consultation where details about your medical history are obtained in order to confirm suitability. Before proceeding you will be asked to sign a consent form and to undergo a test patch.