Many people of all ages suffer from acne and whilst a healthy diet and good skincare regime can help, the major underlying cause is hormones. When too much of the hormone androgen is products by the body it causes the sebaceous glands to produce too much oil which then blocks hair follicles in the skin. This can result in blackheads, whiteheads and, in some cases, cysts. Acne can clear up with age and with a good skincare regime but sometimes it can take a lot longer to go and can even cause scarring. At The London Cosmetic Clinic we use the Ellipse IPL system for a number of purposes including the removal of the most severe types of acne.
IPL is short for Intense Pulsed Light and it has a number of different effects on the body as the varying wave lengths react with pigment in the skin. It treats acne in two ways; firstly, it causes a photodynamic reaction and releases a free radical singular oxygen molecule that destroys acne-causing bacteria. Secondly, the absorbed light heats the capillaries and reduces blood flow to the sebaceous glands, meaning that they produce less oil and therefore less acne.
The Ellipse IPL system works on three of the most severe types of acne-
Acne Rosacea- an inflammation of the skin on the face, neck and chest that gives a ruddy complexion and causes soreness. It can start with flushes then gradually worsen to permanent redness.
Acne Vulgaris- spots, blackheads and lesions caused by blocked glands. This is the most typical form of acne.
Acne Conglobata- pustules and inflamed bumps on the back, buttocks and chest. These can be painful as well as leading to bacterial infections and scarring.
If you have any of these types of acne, book a consultation so we can assess your skin for its suitability and give you an obligation free patch test. Prior to treatment we recommend that you use a medicinal acne cream such as Differin or Redap and avoid excess sun exposure for 30 days. After the treatment your skin may feel slightly red and sore but this will subside as the skin heals itself and again you must avoid sun exposure for 30 days. It is recommended that you use an SPF of at least 30 and continue to use the acne cream to get rid of any remaining bacteria.
Ellipse IPL treatment can help to clear acne in as little as 4 sessions and reduce the risk of scarring and infections. Once you have completed your course of sessions, you will have visibly clearer, smoother skin and it is important that you keep up a good skincare regime and protect your skin from excess sun exposure.
Please visit our website to find more details about this treatment and feel free to contact us for further information and to book a free consultation on Tel: 02035813391 or email to email@example.com. Our friendly and knowledgeable staff are always happy to tell you more about our treatments.