What causes acne?
Acne occurs when the oil produced by sebaceous glands does not reach the surface of the skin but is trapped in tiny pores or follicles. This plug may close off the pore, causing the follicle wall to bulge, which creates a whitehead. If the pore stays open, the top surface of the plug may become darkened, causing a blackhead. In both cases, the bacteria P. acnes thrives in the clogged follicles. When the bacteria and pus leak from the follicle into the surrounding tissue, pimples are formed. Our practitioners provide IPL Acne treatments for clients from Lynnfield, Wakefield, Peabody, Reading and Andover, MA.
Why is it so hard to control?
Unfortunately, acne is something most of us have experienced at one time or another. As many as three out of four teenagers have experienced it to some extent. It is most prevalent during adolescence because hormonal changes stimulate the sebaceous glands (oil glands) into producing more sebum (oil), increasing the chance of acne. While most people outgrow acne in their late teens or early twenties, many continue to be affected much longer. Aggravation of acne in later life may occur with menstrual periods, use of birth control pills, use of oil-based products and stress.
In the past, treatments for moderate acne have included topical antibacterials and antibiotics, oral antibiotics, Retin-A™, Accutane™, astringents and exfoliants.
You may have heard that “blackheads are dirt”; “only teens have acne”; “junk foods cause acne”; or “it will just go away by itself”. These and other myths have prevented many from seeking the appropriate acne treatment for years. Now there is a safer, easier way to treat acne.
Intense Plused Light (IPL) – is the new way to treat moderate acne
The treatments previously mentioned may not be right for your acne. IPL Acne treatments are an effective light-based therapy for the treatment of acne. The IPL treatments destroy the most common bacteria that cause acne — without drugs, without pain and without downtime. IPL Therapy kills the P. acnes bacteria in your skin. Studies show that IPL provides treatment for both active lesions and other inactive sebaceous glands that are not creating active lesions.
What are the IPL acne treatments like?
When our practitioners perform IPL, treatments only take about 20 minutes. Treatments are spaced at weekly intervals. The number of your treatments, your treatment time and your treatment interval may vary with the severity of your acne.
Treatments are spaced 2 – 3 weeks apart. The number of your treatments, your treatment time and your treatment intervals may vary with the severity of your acne.
Are there any side effects with IPL acne treatments?
Unlike other topical treatments, treatments with IPL have shown minimal adverse side effects or client discomfort. These Light treatments are gentle and do not harm surrounding tissues.
What results can I expect from IPL acne treatments?
After 2 – 4 weekly treatments, most clients experience a reduction in the severity of their acne and a reduction in the number of pustules and papules.