Acne Treatment

Consultation: R550

During this consultation the severity of acne will be graded and a customized treatment plan will be formulated which usually include of the aesthetic treatments available. Theraclear is a laser treatment specifically designed for the treatment of acne.

Theraclear acne treatment:

Treatment of Acne Scarring.

Different approaches can be used to treat acne scars; thus, consultation is essential.

During consultation it will be decided which will be the most appropriate method to use for the type of scar that is present.  Based on the severity and amount of scars a quotation can be provided.

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Acne Treatment FAQs

What Is Acne?

Acne is a disorder affecting the skin’s oil glands and hair follicles. It leads to plugged pores and outbreaks of lesions commonly called pimples or zits. Acne lesions usually occur on the face, neck, back, chest, and shoulders. Acne is usually not a serious health threat, but it can be a source of significant emotional distress. Severe acne may lead to permanent scarring.

How Does Acne Develop?

Found over most of the body, pilosebaceous units consist of a oily gland connected to a canal, called a follicle, which contains a fine hair (see illustration “Normal Pilosebaceous Unit”). These units are most numerous on the face, upper back, and chest. The oily glands make an oily substance that normally empties onto the skin surface through the opening of the follicle, commonly called a pore. The follicle is lined by cells.

Normal Pilosebaceous Unit

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The hair, sebum, and cells that fill the narrow follicle may produce a plug, which is an early sign of acne. The plug prevents the oily substance from reaching the surface of the skin through the pore. The mixture of oil and cells allows a bacteria to grow in the plugged follicles. These bacteria produce chemicals and enzymes that cause inflammation. (Inflammation is a characteristic reaction of tissues to disease or injury and is marked by four signs: swelling, redness, heat, and pain.) 
People with acne frequently have a variety of lesions, some of which are shown in the illustrations below. 
Acne is graded from mild to severe based on the amount of the various lesions that is present.

Types of Lesions

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Other troublesome acne lesions can develop, including the following:

  • Papules. Inflamed, red lesions that usually appear as small, pink bumps on the skin and can be tender to the touch.
  • Pustules (pimples). Papules topped by white or yellow pus-filled lesions that may be red at the base.
  • Nodules. Large, painful, solid lesions that are lodged deep within the skin.
  • Cysts. Deep, painful, pus-filled lesions that can cause scarring.

What Causes Acne?

Several different factors contribute to the formation of acne. One or more factors may be present.

  • An increase in hormones called androgens (male sex hormones). These increase in both boys and girls during puberty;
  • Hormonal changes related to pregnancy or starting or stopping birth control;
  • Heredity or genetics;
  • Certain medications, including androgens and lithium; 
  • Greasy cosmetics;

Factors That Can Make Acne Worse

  • pressure from sports helmets or equipment, backpacks, tight collars, or tight sports uniforms;
  • environmental irritants, such as pollution and high humidity;
  • squeezing or picking at blemishes;
  • hard scrubbing of the skin;
  • stress;

Who Gets Acne?

People of all races and ages get acne. An estimated 80 percent of all people between the ages of 11 and 30 have acne outbreaks at some point.

How Is Acne Treated?

Treatment is based on the severity of acne in a particular person.

The goals of treatment are to heal existing lesions, stop new lesions from forming, prevent scarring, and minimize the psychological stress and embarrassment caused by this disease.

Treatment  is therefore aimed at addressing the factors that play a part in causing acne:

  • abnormal clumping of cells in the follicles
  • increased oil production
  • growth/proliferation of bacteria
  • inflammation.

Several over the counter treatments are available as well as prescription treatments. The majority of treatments are in a form that can be applied to the affected areas, but medication for acne can also be found in pill form. Chemical peels as well as Theraclear Acne therapy are very effective in the treatment of acne.

It is advised to discuss the best course of action with your doctor as a combination of treatments may be indicated.

How Should People With Acne Care for Their Skin?

  • Clean Skin Gently;
  • Avoid Frequent Handling of the Skin;
  • Use a good sunblock;
  • Choose Cosmetics products labeled noncomedogenic (meaning they don’t promote the formation of closed pores). In some people, however, even these products may make acne worse;
  • Shave gently and only when necessary to reduce the risk of nicking blemishes;

Theraclear Treatment FAQs

What is Theraclear acne treatment?

It is an acne treatment that combines a specially designed vacuum with pulses of therapeutic light to help clear the pores of your skin and treat acne outbreaks.

The Theraclear device is approved by the United States Food and Drug Administration to treat acne in all skin types.

What types of results can I expect?

Your skin’s pores are cleared of oils, dead skin cells, and bacteria.

The light therapy aids in healing inflammation and preventing scarring.

Skin pores may be reduced in size.

How long does the Theraclear treatment take?

You will require a consultation with your doctor prior to the theraclear treatment.

The actual Theraclear treatment can be performed in as little as 10 minutes, depending on the size of the treatment area.

How many treatments will I need?

Depending on your individual condition, multiple treatments may be required for best results. Your healthcare provider will discuss your treatment plan with you. The majority of clients require four treatments each one a week apart and then a further 2 treatments each 2 weeks apart for the best results. Based on the results a maintenance program can then be discussed whether it is once a month or once every 6 months or longer.

Does it hurt?

Most people feel little to no discomfort during the treatment.

How quickly will I recover?

You may resume your regular daily activities right away.

What can I expect following the Theraclear treatment?

You may immediately notice that your skin is drier, less oily, and feels fresher. Current acne outbreaks usually will begin to clear up over the next two days. Typically, most people experience a mild, sunburn like sensation, possibly accompanied by some minor swelling or bruising, immediately following the treatment. This usually resolves within 24 hours. Ask your healthcare provider to discuss other possible side effects and the necessary post-treatment care with you.

Why is an Theraclear acne treatment the simple choice for clearer skin?

  • Cleanses your pores
  • Fast, full face treatments
  • Can resume activities immediately
  • Easy, well-tolerated treatments
  • No anesthetics or gels
  • Safe on all skin types

When should I have the Theraclear treatment?

If you:

  • You have acne
  • Your skin is oily and/or you have large pores
  • Over-the-counter acne medications just don’t seem to work
  • You choose to avoid systemic treatments for acne such as oral antibiotics and or medications like Roacutane
  • Your acne does not respond to antibiotics
  • You want to avoid the side effects associated with prescription medication
  • Previous acne laser treatments have been too painful and not very effective

TCA C.R.O.S.S. FAQ’s

What is TCA C.R.O.S.S.?

The acronym stands for the Chemical Reconstruction of Skin Scars using TriChloracetic Acid.

How is TCA CROSS done?

During this procedure in the doctor’s office a very high concentration (90-100%) of TCA (TriChloracetic Acid) is applied to atrophic acne scars – ice pick, rolling or box scar. This causes inflammation which in turn leads to an increase in the formation of new collagen fibres. The new collagen fills up the the previous area of indentation. This is the most effective method of treating atrophic acne scars.

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How long does it take to do TCA CROSS treatment?

An appointment for TCA CROSS treatment in the office is approximately 30-45 min.  The skin is numbed for 30 minutes prior to treatment.

Usually a minimum of 2 treatments are required, more often 3-4 treatments are necessary for the desired outcome.

Treatments are done 3-6 weeks apart.

Are there any side effects to TCA CROSS treatment?

Immediately on application a mild burning sensation may be experienced. As the skin is usually numbed with a topical anaesthetic prior to treatment this is usually very well-tolerated. The lesions then turn white – which is called frosting. Frosting clear within 4-6 hours and is followed by redness, mild swelling and on day 1-3 after treatment a scab will form. Scabs will last anything from 3-8 days. A recommended sunscreen is absolutely essential during this process.

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