Acne Vulgaris can be embarrassing, painful and a general nuisance to our appearance and confidence. At some point in our lives, we all get acne and often over-the-counter remedies can work for most of us. But when it is excessive it can disable lives and our social interaction for years.
Our bodies produce a hormone called androgen, which stimulates our subaceous glands to produce an oily substance called sebum. An overproduction of sebum can block pores, trapping the oil. Skin bacteria (P. acnes) that feed on and break down sebum also become trapped, and the mixture of hair protein, sebum and fatty acids produced by the bacteria irritate the walls of the hair follicle causing inflammation.
How does the treatment work:
The treatment reduces the blood supply sebaceous gland, slowing down production of sebum. The light also has the ability to kill some of P acnes bacteria directly. To do this, short, safe bursts of intense pulsed light (called SWT technology) are directed at the skin. The system filters the light to ensure the wavelengths used are absorbed by haemoglobin in the fine blood vessels that supply the subaceous glands.
How long does the treatment take?
It takes approximately 60 flashes to treat the full face. Including consultation and preparation, the treatment is approximately 30 minutes.
On average, a course of 4 treatments at 3 weeks intervals is needed.
Need to know:
- The best results are achieved on inflammatory acne – red, aching, raised pimples.
- It is important that the skin doesn’t have a recent suntan.
- Because bacteria are difficult to eradicate completely, it is recommended to continue acne homecare products for a few months after the treatment has ended.
What to expect after treatment
You may notice some general redness on the face following the treatment. If you have sundamaged skin, some of the pigmented spots may turn darker and eventually disappear.
Face: 1 Session £145 | Course of 4 £435
Decolletage £115 | Course of 4 £345
Shoulders £100 | Course of 4 £300
Half Back £115 | Course of 4 £345
Acne treatment is a combination therapy and to get effective results, must be tackled from all angles. Therefore during consultation, a full treatment plan will be devised including recommendations for homecare regimen as well as Lifestyle & Nutrition consultation