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Laser Treatment for Acne
If you suffer from the effects of acne or have developed acne scarring, there is hope. New developments in the treatment of acne and acne scarring have made it possible for us to dramatically improve the appearance of your skin. While there are many treatment options available for acne, both prescription and over-the-counter, these do not always work for everyone.
The ClearSkin laser is the first to effectively and safely combine laser technology, simultaneous contact cooling for comfort, and a unique vacuum mechanism to treat all forms of acne vulgaris. The treatment is suitable for all skin types, has no side effects and achieves a clearer, smoother complexion with lasting results.
At Eden Medispa, we use the new ClearSkin Er:Glass (erbium glass fibre) fractional laser to treat acne, including acne lesions, blackheads, open pores and oily skin. You will also experience a gentle rejuvenating effect, diminishing the appearance of acne scars by stimulating collagen renewal.
ClearSkin laser treatment for other skin conditions:
As a non-ablative (leaving superficial skin layers intact) skin resurfacing and rejuvenating laser, the ClearSkin erbium is equally effective for other signs of blemished or aging skin, including:
- fine lines and wrinkles
- scarring, including acne scarring
- sun damage
- skin laxity
- age-spots (also called liver spots or lentigines)
- uneven tone, texture or pigmentation
- loss of collagen in the face, neck, and chest
Frequently Asked Questions
The sebaceous (oil-producing) glands of people prone to acne produce excess oil. They are particularly sensitive to a hormone called testosterone, which is present in both men and women. Also, dead skin cells lining the pores are not shed properly and clog up the skin follicles. These two combined, result in a build-up of oil producing blackheads and whiteheads. The acne bacterium (P. acnes) is present on everyone's skin, and usually causes no problems at all. But, if you are acne prone, the build-up of oil creates an ideal environment for these bacteria to multiply. This triggers inflammation and the formation of pus-filled spots.
• Safe for all skin types – indicated for use on all skin types (Fitzpatrick I – VI)
• Fast treatment time – no topical numbing is required, and treatments can take as little as 30 to 60 minutes
• Virtually painless
• No downtime – after your treatment, you can immediately return to your normal daily activities
ClearSkin is the first technology to combine a non-ablative (this means no injury is caused to the superficial skin layers) laser with simultaneous contact cooling and vacuum technology to treat acne vulgaris safely and effectively.
The non-ablative Glass: Er 1540nm laser produces an array of microscopic light beams that deeply penetrate the skin. This causes thermal damage to the sebaceous glands, destroys P. acnes bacteria and reduces sebum production while leaving the superficial skin undamaged. The integrated vacuum mechanism extracts accumulated sebaceous material from the pores; while contact cooling protects the skin, reduces pain and allows for safer and more effective treatment of the glands within the dermis.
This treatment can be used on all skin types. However, prior to your treatment, we will take a full medical history to confirm suitability for the treatment. You will also be asked to give informed consent. The procedure, benefits and potential side effects will be explained to you. During this time, you are most welcome to ask any questions you may have. You will be provided with verbal or written after care instructions. We will make a recommendation for home care to further enhance the results. As the rays of the fractional laser heat your skin, we can apply a topical anaesthetic cream to the treatment area if you needed. However, the ClearSkin Er: Glass has an integrated contact cooling system to further minimise discomfort. Depending on the size of the treated area, each session can take from 30 minutes to one hour.
Depending on your skin type, the treated area may appear red with mild swelling immediately following the treatment. However, most will experience no side effects and the redness usually disappears within a couple of hours. Your skin can be covered with makeup if needed. We will make a recommendation for a post treatment cover. Normal activities can be resumed immediately after the treatment.
The number of treatments required will vary depending on the severity of your acne and whether laser treatment is carried out alone or in conjunction with other treatments e.g. medical grade peels, DermaPen micro needling or mesotherapy. As a standalone procedure for acne, acne scarring and other skin conditions, we recommend a series of 4 to 6 treatments sessions.
Treatments should be spaced 2 to 3 weeks apart, and every 6 months during the maintenance period.
You will experience very little or no ‘downtime’, which means that there will be almost no visible evidence of your treatment. Skin redness usually disappears within a couple of hours. Your skin can be covered with makeup if needed.
• The application of cold compresses after the treatment may be recommended
• No exercise for 12 hours
• No heat or heat treatments to the face for up to 7 days
• No direct sun exposure or sun beds for 28 days post treatment
• A sun screen (S.P.F 30) and antioxidant protection should be used post treatment
• Makeup can be applied immediately after treatment if required
Starting from R 300.00