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Acne is a very common skin condition, most often experienced by teenagers due to hormonal changes. However, acne can also be a problem in adults. It can affect skin confidence and sometimes lead to unsightly scars.
Acne bacteria residing in the sebaceous glands, contain a biochemical called Porphyrin which when activated by certain wavelengths of light causes the death of the bacterial cells. The E- Light system that will be used for your treatment is able to deliver the special wavelength of light needed to bring about this destruction of the Acne bacteria. Several treatments may be needed before an improvement is seen. Unfortunately because it is impossible to kill all the Acne bacteria in any one session, the condition usually recurs but hopefully a reduction in the number of active acne pustules will be achieved. Photographs may be taken before and during your procedure to document progress of the treatment. Short term redness and some swelling may occur.
Possible risks or discomforts (side effects) may include pain, burning, blister formation, and stinging sensation, infection, pigmentary changes including decrease or increase in skin colour at the site of treatment, scar formation, “cold-sore-like” blistering, skin eruptions known as “herpetic” skin eruptions at the site of treatment and poor cosmetic outcome. Hair growth may be affected at the treatment site. Please note that these risks and side effects will be minimized by the use of test patches before your treatment
Client Post Laser Treatment Care and Advice
- Cold compresses (not ice) and recommended skin care products such as Aloe Vera may be useful to reduce swelling and erythema or general discomfort. Erythema may last for several hours.
- You may take over-the-counter pain or anti-inflammatory medication. Hydrocortisone (steroid) cream may decrease any itching or skin irritation. Please talk to me first before using hydrocortisone
- Your skin will be fragile for 2 to 3 days. Use gentle cleansers, but do not rub the skin vigorously and avoid cleaning with very hot water during this time. Skin moisturisers may be used and make-up can be applied if the skin is not broken. Aloe Vera gel can help aid recovery
- Avoid sun exposure and tanning creams during the entire course of treatments. Use SPF 30 or greater on the treatment area at all times.
- The treatment area may be left open and uncovered. Do not scrub the area. Do not use any products on the treated area without first consulting your Aesthetic Therapist.
- Avoid soaking for 24 to 48 hours. No hot tubs, whirlpools or baths, but showers are allowed if tepid water is used.
- Avoid excessive sweating for 24 to 48 hours. No saunas or vigorous working out.
- Keep areas well moisturised and allow any scabs (rare) to fall off on their own. An antibiotic ointment may be used. (This is more likely to occur after treatment of pigmented lesions).
- Avoid irritants such as Retin-A, Retinol, Renova, glycolics, bleaching creams and ex- foliants for one week.
- Refrain from alcohol for 3-7 days (This is particularly recommended after treatment for Thread Veins as alcohol may dilate blood vessels in the treatment area)
- Keep well hydrated
- It is best to avoid smoking for a period of several weeks before and after your procedure, as smoking constricts the capillaries and taxes the immune system, thereby slowing healing and results
- Avoid photosensitivity inducing foods (notably Celery & Leek)
- Plucking residual hair is acceptable after hair removal treatment (but not before!)
- Makeup can be applied after 2 hours
On occasion, clients experience blistering that causes crusting. This usually does not occur until the following day. If it does occur, the patient can apply warm compresses and a topical antiseptic ointment. This occurrence should be relayed to your Aesthetic Practitioner as future treatments will require that the settings be adjusted.