ACNE CLEARING How does it work? Acne is a disruption in the skin caused by different factors, including bacteria, hormones, and genetics. The hair-growing follicle and the sebaceous gland release sebum to the skin surface through the pore. There is a normal bacteria called P.Acnes in the skin, however when pores become clogged, the buildup of sebum causes blackhead or whiteheads. Using a combined radio frequency and blue light, this treatment penetrates the skin to target and destroy active acne-causing bacteria, while slowing excessive sebaceous oil production. Treatment aids in reducing active acne and speeds up healing time of existing acne. Procedure treats grade I-III and some clients with grade IV acne. On average, client can expect treatment twice a week for one month. To maintain results following treatments, prophylactic maintenance treatments may be required twice per month, and then monthly.
Who is not a candidate? Any person:
With a pacemaker or internal defibrillator
With current or history of cancer or pre-malignant moles
Who is pregnant or who is nursing
With an impaired immune system due to immunosuppressive diseases (such as AIDS and HIV) or a person using immunosuppressive medication
With diseases which may be stimulated by light
With a history of skin disorders, keloids, abnormal wound healing
With a history of bleeding disorder
Using medications, herbs, food supplements, and vitamins known to induce photosensitivity to light exposure. *Requires spot treatment 24-48 hours in advance
Treated with accutane in the last 6 months
With facial laser resurfacing and deep chemical peeling within the last three months, if face is treated
With active sun exposure or UV light exposure (including tanning beds or self-tanning creams) within the last two weeks
Excessively tanned skin from sun, tanning beds or tanning creams within the last month
*Persons with history of diseases stimulated by heat, such as recurrent Herpes Simplex, may still be treated following a prophylactic regime
Treatment sessions during initial four weeks are aimed at gradually attacking P. Acnes population in the sebaceous gland. The clinical improvement as a result of lowered bacteria count and consequential sebaceous gland normalization, may not be evident until approximately halfway through the series. Client may notice improvement in acne lesions after 2 weeks or 4 treatments, however there are clients that respond faster or more slowly than average
Further treatments may be performed as a maintenance program for slightly papular acne (1-2 times per month) or another bolus of treatments to get severe outbreaks under control
Treatment for male clients in hair-bearing areas may result in damage to the hair follicle and subsequent loss of hair
What to do before treatment?
Client should discontinue use of any irritant topical agents 48 hours prior to their treatment
The client should arrive for treatment with clean skin. Therefore, there should be no lotion, makeup, perfume, deodorant, powder, or bath/shower oil present on the skin
Avoid skin irritation or skin tanning
*Treatment area should be shaved 24-48 hours before treatment
What can I expect after the treatment?
If client experiences discomfort, they may use a cold pack (not frozen) on the treated site
During the first two days following the treatment, care should be taken to prevent trauma to the treated site
If scabs appear after blistering, they should be kept soft with a lubricating ointment
The client may return to normal acne skincare regimen following procedure, however if the regimen includes potentially harsh topical agents, the client should wait 1-2 days after treatment
Use high factor Sunscreen on treated areas for at least one month post procedure. Tanning is not allowed during the course of the treatment. Tanning may cause hyperpigmentation
Possible side effects after treatment?
Skin redness (Erythema)
Excessive swelling (edema)
Damage to natural skin texture (crust, blisters, burns)