nLite Treatment for Active Acne

Inflammatory Acne is the most common form of dermatosis to affect mankind.  Over 90% of adolescents will suffer from it and it affects all etnic groups.

It is a chronic inflammatory disease of the pilosebaceous unit.  The site of the acne depends on the activity

Of the sebaceous gland on different areas of the body, but is mostly commonly found on the face followed by the shoulders, back, chest and other areas.  The lesions can be non-inflammatory, seen as black heads and white heads, and inflammatory, producing papules, pustules and cysts.

The sebaceous gland increases sebum excretion, which hardens and occludes (blocks) the follicle.  We then see proliferation of propionibacterium acnes and resulting inflammation.

Some of the myths surrounding the cause of this condition include that it affects  only teenagers, you’ll grow out of it, that it’s due to diet or a poor cleanliness.  All of them not true! 30% of teenage sufferers will continue into adult life with the condition and it can result in scarring, both of the skin and the psyche.

It is commonly believed that, in order to get the better of spots and acne breakouts, it is necessary to use strong, alcohol-laden products to dry the skin out,  Unfortunately, these same products can often make the situation progressively worse by stripping the skin of its natural oils and encouraging the sebum provides the perfect environment for further bacterial growth of p. acnes.

At Trés Chic Beauty & Laser Clinic we believe in an individual approach for each patient that approaches us for treatment.  We begin with a consultation, during which we look at the current skin management regime, including all the products the patient may be using.  The full medical history of the patient is taken and an examination of the skin is carried out to assess the current situation.  We may suggest some products and test these at this stage, for skin reaction, with the view for the patient to continue using a home-care regimen.  In clinic procedures, such as the nLite laser will also be explained.  The treatment is individualised for the patient; what is suitable for one patient may be unsuitable for another.

Full costing for the products and laser treatments are explained at your consultation visit and the patient is under no obligation to make any decisions at that time.  We always encourage people to consider the information before embarking on any course of treatment, although it is usually possible to start treatment at the same visit if so desired by the patient.

To arrange a free consultation or for any further information call us on : 053 94 22656.
 
The Effects of nLite Laser Treatment on Acne

Without a doubt, the biggest breakthrough for many years in the treatment of  Active Acne is the nLite laser.  This laser was introduced to the UK at the beginning of 2000 as a collagen building laser, designed for reducing fine lines and wrinkles, and treating general signs of skin aging and had enjoyed three successful years treating such condition.  During these treatments however, especially for the reduction of scarring that acne sufferers often experience, it rapidly became apparent to the laser users that the active breakouts that were present during the nLite treatment settled very rapidly indeed following the laser treatment.  Within a short time nLite clinics had a number of patients who were actually controlling their acne using laser treatment, in conjunction with the correct non-laser regimes.

Since that time, there has been a full clinical trial carried out on the use of the nLite for active acne by Dr Tony Chu, The results of which are to be published shortly in the Lancet medical journal.  This trial has shown that, over a 12 week period, the number of active lesions dropped dramatically, even after only one laser treatment.

The way in which the nLite works is twofold:

First, the laser light kills the acne bacteria that cause the infection, and which lead to the formation of spots and lesions.  The whole face is usually treated, killing bacteria over a wide area and reducing the risk of infection spreading and further breakouts.

Secondly, we see increased amounts of new dermal collagen produced below and around the spots giving a huge boost to the healing process, causing spots to disappear with a deceased likelihood of scarring developing.

The treatment is painless with few potential side effects and we believe that in comparison with current popular treatment options of long-term antibiotics and Roaccutane this is a treatment solution that is very well tolerated and far superior to any other acne treatment that we know of.


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