Acne is a common skin condition that frequently affects teenagers and young adults of both sexes. However, adults of all ages from mid twenties through to mid fifties are increasingly affected and troubled by congested skin, blocked pores and skin blemishes. You don't have to let acne spoil your life. The Lynton Clinic offers a range of successful acne treatments to leave your skin clear and blemish free. All acne healing treatments offered at our Cheadle clinic in Stockport can be carried out as stand alone therapies or in combination with other acne treatments for maximum benefit.
An effective acne combination therapy may include one or all of the following clinically proven treatments: A specifically formulated Skin Peel that contains a combination of glycolic, salicylic and lactic acid to reduce sebum production and dead skin cell build up whilst calming inflammation. Microdermabrasion gently exfoliates the skin, clearing any debris, unclogging the pores and smoothing away areas of acne scarring. Finally, Omnilux™ blue light therapy is a totally natural and pain free acne treatment that delivers pure, optimised, narrowband light to neutralise P.acnes bacteria and promote rapid skin healing. We also offer an IPL Acne Treatment that can be used as an alternative to Omnilux™ which may be more suitable for some clients.
The presence of acne is often influenced by the following factors:
Influence #1: Hormones
For the majority of acne sufferers, outbreaks begin at puberty because the body begins to produce hormones called androgens. These hormones cause the sebaceous glands to enlarge, which is a natural part of the body's development but for acne sufferers these glands are over stimulated. Androgens are also responsible for acne flare-ups associated with the menstrual cycle and, on occasion, pregnancy.
Influence #2: Oily Skin
When the sebaceous gland is stimulated by androgens, it produces extra sebum (oil). Sebum mixes with common skin bacteria and dead skin cells that have been shed from the lining of the follicle. While this process is normal, the presence of extra sebum in the follicle increases the chances of clogging and can cause acne. Stress levels have also affected sebum production and can increase severity of acne.
Influence #3: Bacteria
The bacterium Propionibacterium acnes, (P. acnes for short) is present on all skins and is part of the skin’s natural sebum maintenance system. Once a follicle is plugged, P. acnes bacteria multiply rapidly, creating the chemical reaction we know as inflammation in the follicle and surrounding skin.
Influence #4: Inflammation
When you are exposed to unwanted bacteria your immune system sends in an army of white blood cells to attack. This is why pimples can be red, swollen and painful. The inflammatory response is different for everyone, but studies have shown that it is especially strong in adult women.
Fortunately, you have options! There are many kinds of acne treatments available. Like you, acne is highly individual and response to treatments does vary from person to person. Often several treatments are recommended in combination. We offer an extensive range of acne treatments and will advise on the most suitable procedure for you and your skin.
Omnilux™ Light Emitting Diode (LED) therapy is a totally natural and pain free light treatment for a wide range of skin concerns and is especially effective as a part of a skin programme to manage acne. Omnilux™ treatment for acne is carried out by alternately administering Omnilux blue™ and Omnilux revive™ (red light therapy) twice a week for four weeks. The blue light targets and neutralises the P.acnes bacteria which are responsible for inflammatory acne whilst the Revive red light stimulates anti-inflammatory properties to reduce redness and promote skin healing. Your skin expert may recommend Omnilux™ as a stand alone treatment or in conjunction with skin peels, microdermabrasion and specialist home care products.
Treatment is suitable for you if you want to:
Before and After Images
Photo Credit - Lynton Lasers Ltd
Photo Credit - Lynton Lasers Ltd
How does Omnilux™ Light Therapy treat Acne?
The Omnilux™ system delivers pure, optimised narrowband light doses to successfully treat mild to moderate acne. This pain-free light is safe and uses no ultraviolet (UV) light or lasers. Cells in our body contain receptors that absorb this light which leads to increased cell energy and accelerates the normal cellular process. Blue and red light are alternately administered.
1. The blue light kills the acne causing bacteria (P.Acnes) that can form within the sebaceous glands and cause infection leading to break outs.
2. The red light stimulates anti-inflammatory properties to accelerate the healing process and calm irritated skin and reduce redness.
How is treatment carried out?
Light therapy is relatively quick and easy. You generally lie down during treatment and the skin is cleansed and safety eyewear is placed over the eyes. The Omnilux™ treatment head is then carefully positioned a few centimetres from the surface of your skin and therapeutic light is administered for 20minutes. Make-up can be applied immediately afterwards and you can carry on with everyday activities.
Does the treatment hurt?
Ominlux™ light therapy is non-invasive, non ablative, pain free and completely safe! It stimulates the natural functions of your skin without causing damage.
How quickly will I see results and how long will they last?
Results can vary from person to person but clinical trials for acne have shown an 81% reduction in lesions 12 weeks after completing a course of treatments. The skin can continue to improve for 3-6 months. Maintenance visits may be recommended after this time to maintain results.
If I want treatment what do I do next?
Schedule a consultation in order to assess whether treatment is suitable for you. This can be done on the same day of your first treatment if you wish. We will often advise upon a home skin care routine which is an essential part of any acne management programme.