Acne clearance

Acne is a condition characterized by obstructed sebaceous glands, pimples, and sometimes deeper cysts or nodules that occur on the face, neck, chest, back, shoulders and upper arms. Acne begins in adolescence and usually affects most teenagers at some time. However, adults too, can suffer with acne. When severe, acne can often result in scarring. Even less severe cases can lead to scarring, if not properly treated. The most common form of acne is called acne vulgarize and is characterized by inflammatory lesions (pimples).

Before and after skin rejuvention treatments

Until recently, patients with persistent acne, have been treated with only topical or sometimes systemic antibiotics. Recent studies have demonstrated however that certain discrete light spectra can trigger endogenic porphyrins that naturally destroy P.acnes bacteria. And in just a fraction of the time it typically takes for antibiotics to work!

Eight, brief treatments over just four weeks is all it takes to significantly improve a patient's acne. This is three times faster than common antibiotics. Superior AFT treatments for acne are safe and involve no side effects or patient discomfort.

Patients see results right away with most patients achieving 80% clearance in just four weeks. Because our AFT acne treatment is used only in the affected area, treatments are extremely fast - usually less than 3 minutes. Other acne photo-therapies deliver extremely low doses of blue light spread out over 10 - 20 minutes per session. Our AFT acne treatment uses a higher concentration of similar wavelengths, delivered only to the infected areas. While the dose is similar, the treatment is much faster.

What is Acne and how common is it?
Acne is an inflammatory skin condition that effects over 80% of adults. It can appear on the face, chest and neck in a persons teens. If it remains untreated it can cause permanent damaged skin commonly known as acne scarring. An outbreak of acne can reoccur every 4 to 5 years and around 30% of suffers continue with acne issues into their adulthood.

What causes it?
Acne is triggered by the over active Sebaceous gland. These oil glands are simulated by hormone testosterone. These oils created by the glands can create a blockage to the gland and pores causing a stickiness allowing bacteria to collect and damage the once healthy skin.

a) Blocked pores cause a build up of the acne bacteria, which leads to comodones and inflammation of the skin.

b) Light destroys the bacteria and causes a shrinkage of the inflamed sebaceous glands.

c) Pustules begin to clear and the skin condition improves.

What are the Symptoms?
These block and partially blocked pores are the catalyst for all inflammatory and non inflammatory spots evidenced by lesions and aggressive red spots. The body reactive to these by sending white bloods cells to destroy these and this creates the pus on the spot.

Some persons never get the redness but there pores collect the dirt and bacteria to form blackheads and whiteheads. Others get painful swollen cysts which eventually leads to acne scarring if left untreated.

How do the treatments work?
There are several treatment available for Acne. The range, combination and sequence of treatments for each individual will need to be assessed based on that persons skin condition are their stage in the acne outbreak. It is important to seek early professional advice to prevent long term skin damage.

A typical course of treatment that would be prescribed would include:

1. Acne gels consisting of active cleansing ingredients.
Bioglycolic Oily Skin Cleansing gel followed by Acne Gel solutions that are 100% oil free are used to continually absorb excess surface oils. Medical Micro dermabrasion is used to exfoliate the skin.

Skin peels can be used to encourage the growth of new skin once the Acne is under control. Suitable for all skin types, this treatment addresses the underlying problems, not just the symptoms, and offer maximum benefit with minimal irritation.

2. Advanced Fluorescent Technology (AFT)

Can be used to target and stimulate the body to generate more collagen to repair the skin cells and eliminate redness. Antibiotics can help reduce inflammation however this is not recommended as a long term solution as dependancy on any drug is unhealth.

The combination of these treatments can get the Acne under control and on the decline within a few weeks.

What happens if the Symptoms re-occur?
The treatments describe above focus on the ability to tackle the symptoms of the Acne. Each persons body will naturally produce their own level of oils from their glands and therefore new outbreaks of Acne are possible.

How does Advanced Fluorescent Technology Work?

The Advanced Fluorescent Technology system releases yellow, green and red light that is emitted in a series of short pulses. The blue light destroys the bacteria that live in the skin and cause acne, while the red light directly targets the overactive sebaceous glands that cause outbreaks of pustules: This targeted heating deep in the skin causes shrinkage of the inflamed sebaceous glands and helps to prevent over-production of excess sebum.

How is the treatment carried out?
You will be asked to put on goggles to protect your eyes. A layer of chilled gel is applied to the area to cool the skin and guide the light. The light applicator is placed onto the skin and a short pulse of light is released. The applicator is then moved to the
neighbouring area and the process is repeated until the whole area is treated. The chilled gel is removed and the area is moisturised. Each pulse of light treats a large area of skin and so the duration of the treatment is very short.

Am I Suitable for treatment?
Almost everyone can be treated, apart from very dark skinned or tanned individuals. Pregnant women or people taking the acne treatment Roaccutane should
not be treated.

How Does the Treatment Feel?
The light energy is absorbed by the skin, and heats it up very quickly, creating a sharp, short-lived pinprick sensation. No anaesthesia is required, other than cooling the skin and most patients describe the discomfort as moderate and acceptable.

What should I expect after the treatment?
Redness and a slight warming sensation are normal after treatment. A cooling pack will be applied to the skin to ease these symptoms. It will be necessary to avoid sun exposure or use a high protection sunscreen for 2 weeks after the treatment.

How many treatments are necessary?
The treated area can become quite red immediately after treatment. However, most patients experience no side effects and the redness usually disappears within a couple of hours. Very rarely the skin may become lighter or darker, or a small blister may form. It is possible that some hair loss will occur in the area treated, and it could be permanent, so men should consider this possibility before agreeing to treatment of their beard area. The number of treatments required varies from person to person, but typically 6 Advanced Fluorescent Technology and 6 Glycolic acid peel treatments will result in significant improvement, depending on the severity of the condition. Advanced Fluorescent Technology treatments should take place fortnightly, with glycolic acid peel between treatments. How long does each treatment take?

A typical treatment session will take in the region of 30 minutes. Typically Advanced Fluorescent Technology treatment is combined with glycolic acid facial peel treatments for maximum results.

What is the cost?

The cost of each treatment varies. The cost is directly associated with the time it takes to treat certain areas. At the Hampshire Laser Clinic, we can offer very competitive and affordable laser treatments because we only use fast, state of the art lasers. Please use our contact form or call us on- 01420 52 00 33 (Bentley Clinic) or 01483 23 36 53 (Woking Clinic) for specific costs or general enquiries.

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