About Acne

Acne vulgaris

Acne Vulgaris is one of the most common and resistant skin conditions to affect humans. Indeed, regardless of skin type, lifestyle or cleanliness, approximately 80% of the population will suffer from acne at some point in their lives, with a staggering 70% of adolescents developing acne. Yet many sufferers fail to respond adequately to current treatment options and/or develop problematic side effects. In addition, the cost and duration of acne treatment with topical applications and oral antibiotics make standard therapy far from ideal.

Acne usually starts in adolescents as an affect of hormonal changes, however, acne can also start in peoples 20’s and 30’s.
Acne is the result of the obstruction and inflammation of the sebaceous gland. The obstruction of the glands’ openings causes the accumulation of sebum, which is inevitably followed by a build up of bacterial population, or more specifically Propionibacterium acnes (P. acnes). As part of the process, P. acnes attract inflammatory cells, which cause the red and painful expression of acne. These inflamed pustules can lead to permanent scaring.

Previous acne treatments have included

Topical applications.
Widely available prescription creams have traditionally been the most popular way of treating acne, however, creams often irritate the skin and have minimal long-term effect in actually reducing P.acnes.

Oral antibiotics.
More effective than topical applications, However, more recently people (and GP’s) are becoming reticence in using/prescribing oral medications. This is due to their severe side effects and increasingly resistant bacterium (only 40% of bacterium is effected by today’s antibiotics). Further, antibiotic regimes are a lengthy process (usually at least three to four months). Since improvement in acne is often very gradual, permanent scarring may occur. Hence, there is a growing reluctance within the medical community to use antibiotics except when absolutely necessary.

Accutane is a ‘last resort’ treatment for acne and is associated with potentially serious side effects.

It is quite clear that an alternative treatment has been required for some time. This is why researchers have been studying the effects of specific peak wavelengths of light in the treatment of acne, with very successful results.

With the advent of ‘BeautySkin’ and innovative light wave technology a safe and effective acne treatment is here.

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