IPL Treatments for Acne
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Acne Treatments in Cheshire
Acne, as you’ll know, is one of the most prevalent skin conditions. These blemishes are usually seen on teenagers going through puberty, women who are pregnant and those who take certain medications that affect their natural hormonal system, hormonal ageing, menopause, amongst other reasons. With it being so common, and one of those conditions that can have severe effects on someone’s self-esteem, it is no surprise that we get approached by so many clients who are looking to counteract their cases of acne.
Here at Clinic10, we have several acne treatments on offer to our clients, but what we must determine is which is best for your case. Continue reading for further information on acne, as well as our recommended treatment: IPL Laser for acne.
The causes of acne
Although, at times, a poor diet, certain medications, stress, hygiene and even cosmetic products can all cause cases of acne, whether they are mild or severe, the main reasoning behind a substantial amount of acne is usually due to hormonal changes. Acne occurs when the oil glands attached to the hair follicles are stimulated due to the hormonal changes during puberty, or at any other point that our hormones change.
The types of acne
One thing to take into consideration when determining what treatment is best for your case of acne, is its severity. During different stages of acne, you will see different types of spots, as well as scarring. A clinician distinguishing the severity of the acne that you are carrying will be able to recommend what treatment plan is best for you.
To begin with, the non-inflammatory types of acne are known as whiteheads and blackheads and are the least severe cases of acne which don’t bare any scarring. Then, we have the minor to mild forms of papules and pastules which are inflammatory acne and can cause scarring and pitting.
Lastly, the moderate to severe forms that are called nodules and cysts, which are a lot more painful and carry the highest risk of scarring and pitting. Although all types are on a different scale in terms of severity, each still plays a part in knocking a carriers confidence.
IPL Laser Treatment for Acne
Here at Clinic 10, most severities of acne can be effectively treated with Intense Pulsed Light alone or in combination with other clinical treatments such as Blemish Control Facials. Intense Pulsed Light treatments significantly reduce the number and severity of active lesions, lessening the inflammation and frequency of the acne breakouts.
How does Intense Pulsed Light Work
The light emitted from the Intense Pulsed Light system directly targets overactive sebaceous glands, greatly reducing the total number and severity of active lesions, lessening the inflammation and occurrence of break-outs. The light also stimulates the production of new collagen to improve skin texture, and can also reduce the appearance of red, purple or brown areas of skin that are often associated with acne breakouts.
How is The Treatment carried out
After full and thorough cleanse of the area to be treated a layer of chilled gel is applied to the skin to help guide the light.
The light guide is placed onto the skin and a short pulse of light is released. The applicator is passed over the skin several times before moving onto the neighbouring area, the process is repeated until the whole area is treated. Each pulse of light treats a large area of skin and so the duration of the treatment is very short. The gel is removed and the skin is then cooled and cleansed again finishing with a suitable facial moisturiser and SPF50. During treatment protective eyewear must be worn.
IPL acne Treatments FAQS
Here are some answers to the most asked questions.
Almost everyone can be treated, apart from very dark-skinned or tanned individuals. If you are pregnant or taking Roaccutane or some other medications which would be discussed at the point of consultation to ensure it’s okay for you to undergo laser or Intense Pulsed Light treatment.
Treatment is mildly uncomfortable but no anaesthesia is required. Many people describe the sensation as similar to the flicking of an elastic band.
Immediately after treatment, the skin may appear red and a warm tingling sensation may be felt. Typically the skin is cooled to ease any discomfort and a calming gel is applied.
This treatment has very little downtime and most clients can return to work immediately after and then normal activities after 24 hours.
Any redness and unevenness tend to settle pretty quickly though. Most people experience no other side effects, but very rarely a small blister could form or the skin may become temporarily lighter or darker.
Ideally, keep the area make up free for as long as you can but makeup can be worn 24 hours after that time.
A typical treatment session is approximately 30 to 45 minutes.
The number of treatments necessary varies from person to person, but typically 6 Intense Pulsed Light and 6 exfoliating treatments will result in a significant improvement.
A consultation and patch test is required prior to treatment. It’s quite informal but thorough and certain information must be obtained in order to make sure there are no contraindications and ensure your suitability. Before proceeding you will be asked to sign a consent form and undergo a test patch test. You will be sent the consultation form upon booking.
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