There’s nothing worse than getting spots or an embarrassing outbreak of acne and whether you’re a pimply teenage girl, a spotty youth or an adult, there’s never an ideal time. The people we meet on a daily basis will look at our face first, and if we have spots it can cause us to feel self-conscious. We can try to help prevent our acne from getting worse by avoiding frequent face washing, we can use a mild soap or cleanser, limit the amount of make-up we wear and try not to squeeze any blackheads, white heads or spots.
Around 80% of teenagers will get some degree of acne between the ages of 13 and 18 years because of changes to their hormone levels, which cause the sebaceous glands to produce increased amounts of sebum that can block the hair follicles. Spots usually occur on the face, arms, back and chest. The most embarrassing place to get acne, is on the face, as you can hide back or chest pimples underneath your clothing, but your face is always on show.
It’s easier to treat facial acne than body acne, but there’s a bigger chance of the flare-ups on the face re-occurring. Acne, which is also known as acne vulgaris, is a common condition caused by skin cells that don’t shed properly, plugging the pores and causing oil and bacteria to become trapped inside. As the oil and bacteria accumulate, the skin becomes inflamed and swells outwards, forming white heads, blackheads and pimples. Many things, such as cosmetics, dust, pollution and even shaving are all things that can irritate your skin or clog your pores, and they can also bring bacteria to this area, which is responsible for spots.
Advanced laser technology in acne treatment is effective for adult and adolescent acne and various grades of acne; severe, moderate or mild. The American FDA approved state of the art laser system delivers green laser light through the skin’s surface, triggering the body’s natural bacteria fighting defences, and significantly reducing any current and future breakouts.
Most clients experience minimal discomfort and some may experience a minor stinging sensation on the skin as we deliver the laser pulses. Before treatment, a topical anaesthetic cream gets applied, and the advanced laser system has a cooled sapphire window on the tip of the laser scope, to further protect and cool the skin.
Clinical data suggests that most patients find their acne will improve after about four treatments, two a week for two weeks. While many patients continue to improve in the months following treatment, some patients experience a plateau in their improvement. It might be necessary to have repeated treatments in the distant future to keep up the results.