Acne is NOT caused by a bad diet or greasy foods. In fact, acne develops when the sebaceous glands in a person’s skin produce excess oil (sebum). The oil combines with cells that line the gland walls and clog the skin’s pores.
Normal skin bacteria colonise these pores, and the body’s response causes the inflammation or reddening of the skin that we associate with acne.
Acne more commonly affects people between the ages of 12 and 25 and more so boys than girls. The face is usually the most affected area, but acne may also affect the back, neck, and chest. In most cases, acne is treatable.
Treatments for Acne
What is Aktilite Photodynamic therapy?
One of the key bacteria responsible for the inflammation is Propionibacterium acnes or P.acnes. These bacteria produce natural chemicals called porphyrins, which are sensitive to light at different wavelengths. If stimulated, these chemicals will neutralise the bacteria and with no bacteria, present inflammation will subside.
Aktilite blue stimulates these chemicals and so eradicates the bacteria that cause the redness or inflammation of acne. This is combined with Aktilite revive, which has anti-inflammatory properties. This helps to minimise the redness of acne lesions and promotes healthier skin. More aggressive treatment can be given by combining a photosensitive cream with light.
How safe is this treatment?
The light is safe and harmless to your skin and generates no heat. The light works naturally with your body to promote the healing response. The only safety measure is to wear goggles to protect your eyes from the light. If used in combination with the cream some redness and crusting may follow.
What result can be expected from a series of treatments?
Optimum results will be seen between 4-8 weeks after treatment. The light stimulates natural processes that continue after the treatment has stopped. On average you should expect 70% of lesions to clear. We suggest that light therapy be used in conjunction with salicylic acid. Your adviser can discuss this combination treatment with you.
There is no pain!
Because there’s no heat involved. If used in conjunction with ALA–cream, mild discomfort may be experienced.
What happens during treatment?
You will have to remove any make-up or sunblock before the treatment and you will be asked to wear some safety goggles. The light will then be positioned close to your face and the treatment will last 20 minutes. After that, you’re free to go home.