WHAT IS ACNE?
Acne is a very common skin condition characterised by comedones (blackheads and whiteheads) and pus-filled spots (pustules). It usually starts at puberty and varies in severity from a few spots on the face, back and chest, which most adolescents will have at some time, to a more serious problem that may be embarrassing, sap self-confidence and cause scarring. For the majority it tends to resolve by the late teens or early twenties but can persist for longer in some people. Acne can develop for the first time in people in their late twenties or even the thirties.
WHAT CAUSES ACNE?
The sebaceous (oil-producing) glands of people who get acne are particularly sensitive to normal blood levels of a hormone called testosterone, which is present in both men and women. This causes the glands to produce an excess of oil. At the same time, the dead skin cells lining the pores are not shed properly and clog up the follicles. These two effects result in a build-up of oil producing blackheads (where a darkened plug of oil is visible) and whiteheads. The acne bacterium (known as Propionibacterium acnes) lives on everyone’s skin, usually causing no problems, but, in those prone to acne, the build up of oil creates an ideal environment in which these bacteria can multiply. This triggers inflammation and the formation of red or pus-filled spots.
HOW CAN ACNE BE TREATED?
Acne can be treated in several ways. Creams, antibiotics and drugs such as steroids are often prescribed by doctors with limited success. At LA Perfection, we believe in treating treating Acne without drugs, using treatments such as lasers, peels and Environ Skin Treatments, as well as using skin supplements and a robust skincare routine at home. One of our skin specialists with create a bespoke treatment plan that is tailored to your individual needs and budget.
LASER ACNE TREATMENT
At LA Perfection we have the most advanced laser system to treat acne right where is starts, in the deeper layers of the skin.
How does the treatment work?
Light is released and directly targets overactive sebaceous glands, greatly reducing the total number and severity of active lesions, and lessening the inflammation and occurence of break-outs. The light stimulates the production of new collagen to improve skin texture, and can also reduce the appearance of red or brown areas of skin that are often associated with acne breakouts.
How is the treatment carried out?
The laser is placed onto the skin and a short pulse of light is released. The applicator is passed over the skin several times before moving onto the neighbouring area, and the process is repeated until the whole area is treated. Each pulse of light treats a large area of skin and so the duration of the treatment is very short. During treatment protective eye wear will be provided.
Am I Suitable for treatment?
Almost everyone can be treated, apart from very dark skinned or tanned individuals. If you are pregnant or taking Roaccutane (an acne medication) it is best not to undergo laser treatments.
How does the treatment feel?
Treatment is mildly uncomfortable but no anaesthesia is required. Many people describe the sensation as similar the the flick of an elastic band.
What should I expect after the treatment?
Immediately after treatment the skin may appear red and a warm tingling sensation may be left. Typically the skin is cooled to ease any discomfort and a calming gel is applied.
Are there any side effects?
The treated area can become quite red immediately after treatment but this usually disappears within a couple of hours. Most people experience no other side effects but very rarely a small blister could form or the skin may become temporarily lighter or darker
ENVIRON SKINCARE AND TREATMENTS FOR ACNE
As well as Skin Treatments desinged to exfoliate and calm Acne prone skin, Environ has developed a skincare range to target the causes
and symptoms of acne. The Focus Care™ Clarity+ Range contains various combinations of scientifically
researched ingredients that may assist in improving the appearance of breakout-prone skin. This innovative 3-phase system offers a complete skincare solution that is tough on confidence-crushing breakouts but easy on skin. Clean, Control and Clear your way to breakout-free, healthy-looking skin.
THE ADVANCED NUTRITION PROGRAMME -TREATING ACNE FROM WITHIN
The Advanced Nutrition Programme has developed a unique formula to target Acne prone skin from within called Accumax. The combination of Vitamin A, C & E along with Diindolylmethane (from BioResponse DIM) is completely unique to The Advanced Nutrition Programme and cannot be found in other supplements. The patented formula has the following benefits:
Accumax can be used to support other treatments such as laser or on it's own.