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Acne is a real problem for most people varying in age and skin type. Regardless of one’s situation, everyone experiences some form of an unsightly, inconvenient outbreak at some point in their lives.
There are many myths about the causes of acne, most surround diet and hygiene, however neither are accurate. Acne can be caused by the body’s increased production of the hormone androgen (produced by both men and women) which stimulates the sebaceous glands to produce more oil. The increased production of oil causes the pores to become blocked so that the oil cannot come up to the skin’s surface. The proprionbacterium/p-acne then feed on and break down this oil. As the bacteria multiplies, waste products and sebacic acid are created and irritate the sebaceous gland which becomes inflamed causing a blackhead (open comedone), pimple or nodule.
Types of Acne:
The Ellipse IPL treats 3 types of acne:
- Acne vulgaris :
Clogging of the hair follicles that leads to unsightly and sometime painful, skin lesions and pimples
- Acne conglobata :
Covers the back, chest, and buttocks with pustules and nodules, which might cause a severe bacterial infection, as well as extensive scarring
- Acne rosacea :
An inflammation of the face, neck or chest
The treatment with the Ellipse IPL works in 2 ways
- The light targets the porphyrins produced by the P. acnes bacteria in the skin. A photodynamic reaction occurs and produces the free radical single oxygen which performs a selective destruction of the P. acnes themselves. With successive treatments the rate of acne destruction can become greater than the growth of the bacteria leading to a reduction in the inflamed lesions and can prevent further traumatic scarring
- The light is absorbed into the blood vessels which supply the sebaceous glands. By heating up the capillaries this will reduce the blood flow to the sebaceous glands and decrease the over-production of oil in the skin
The schedule is 4 treatments, to take place once every 3-4 weeks. This routine can be repeated again to achieve further results if necessary
Who can we treat?
On the Fitzpatrick scale skin types 1-3 and 4 can be treated with caution
Do I need to take special precautions before and after treatment?
acne treatment is a combination therapy. We recommend you use cream or gel. Sun exposure should be avoided 30 days post and prior treatment and a SPF30+ must be worn daily
What can I expect?
Clients may notice some general redness on the face. Following the treatment, pigmented areas may appear darker and will eventually disappear.