Acne, or acne vulgaris, to use its full medical name, is a nightmare for many people; affecting both men and women of all skin colours. Spots, zits, blackheads, whiteheads, papules, pustules or pimples – we all know what these common terms mean, and many people suffer from acne outbreaks from their early teens and well into adulthood. But, it’s not the end of the world, and there are well-studied, safe and effective treatments now available to address acne, including the ClearSkin™ device from Alma Lasers, which you will find at Hilton Skin Clinics in Reading.
Acne is caused when the pores in your skin become blocked with dead skin cells, oil, dirt and bacteria. Each of these pores is where a hair follicle lives, alongside a sebaceous gland which produces natural oils (sebum) which travel up the hair and help to keep your skin lubricated and soft – a natural moisturiser. Acne occurs because some people produce too much of this sebum – hormones during puberty, pregnancy and the contraceptive pill can also trigger or aggravate this increased oil production. A combination of too much sebum, dead skin accumulation and acne causing bacteria – propionbacterium acnes (p.acnes) – conspire to clog everything up so the oil cannot escape, and a pimple or pustule appears.
If this wasn’t bad enough, often these spots go on to cause scarring in the skin which can look like small, sunken craters. Active acne in combination with acne scarring can be socially debilitating for many people and sufferers often have low self-esteem. Knowing that there is a solution can be life-changing.
At Hilton Skin Clinics, we now have cutting-edge technology from Alma Lasers as part of our Harmony XL Pro platform with the addition of the ClearSkin device.
ClearSkin is the first technology in aesthetic medicine to combine an 1540nm wavelength erbium glass (Er:Glass) non-ablative laser with contact cooling and vacuum technology, which is delivered all at the same time to target acne with long-lasting results. It can be used on the face, as well as other acne-prone areas of the body, such as the back. It’s suitable for all skin types and both men and women.
The laser light penetrates deeply into the skin and targets the sebum producing sebaceous glands to reduce the over-production of oil. The heat that the laser produces also destroys the p.acnes bacteria which are causing the acne. While this is going on, the vacuum cleans the area by extracting all the dirt and debris that is clogging up the pores. To protect the skin from any damage during treatment, contact cooling is added. This makes the treatment comfortable and almost painless.
The added benefit from ClearSkin treatment is that whilst we use it to target active acne, the heat generated by the laser also stimulates the production of new collagen in the skin which has an affect on reducing acne scarring and rebuilding the skin’s surface. As well as treating your acne, you can expect to see a smoother complexion with no side effects and lasting results.
If you’d like a consultation to discuss your acne and skin condition, and whether ClearSkin is the right treatment for you, then please contact Hilton Skin Clinics today. We can also offer LED phototherapy, chemical skin peels, laser skin resurfacing and electronic skin-needling to treat acne and acne scarring so we can discuss a single or combination treatment programme to meet your needs.