Most of us suffer from acne at some point in our lives…. time to look into acne treatment as an option.
How is Acne Caused?
Acne is caused by the body’s increased production of the hormone androgen (produced by both men and woman), 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 surface. The acne itself is an infection caused by skin bacteria that feed on and break down this oil.
As the bacteria multiply, waste products and sebacic acid are created, and the sebaceous gland becomes inflamed – causing what is known as a blackhead, a whitehead or pimple.
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How does Acne Treatment Work?
The light that is allowed through is absorbed by haemoglobin, which is the red pigment in blood. The light form the flash-lamp heats up the haemoglobin in the fine blood vessels that supply the sebaceous glands. This causes a minor injury to the sebaceous glands and slows down the overproduction of oil that leads to acne.
How long does an Ellipse treatment take?
It takes approximately 60 flashes to treat the full face. Including consultation and preparation, you should count on 20 minutes in the clinic. A typical course of therapy includes four treatments, three weeks apart.
Does the treatment hurt? No anaesthetics are required, and many patients describe the treatment as practically pain-free, like a flick from a rubber band followed by a sensation similar to the feeling of gentle warmth after a day on the beach.
Can I be treated?
If you have permanent acne you will benefit from a treatment. The best results are achieved on inflammatory acne-best known as those red aching, raised pimples. It is important your skin is relatively pale at the time of the treatment, as too much light will be absorbed by a dark complexion.
The Ellipse acne treatment is a combination therapy, Agera or RegimA products are used in conjunction with this treatment.
The products works by reducing the inflammation caused by acne, and by reducing (normalising) the thickness of the skin in the treated area. Ask for more details.
What can I expect?
You may notice some general redness on the face following the treatment. If you have sun-damaged skin, some of the pigmented spots may turn darker and eventually disappear. Because the bacteria are difficult to eradicate completely, your doctor will probably recommend that you continue using adapalene cream for some months after Ellipse treatment has ended. If you have a future acne outbreak, Ellipse treatment can be repeated. Although results vary from person to person, you should expect more acne lesions to clear compared to adapalene alone, and a faster clearance rate. Please talk to your physician about what results you can expect.