Acne

Acne is a chronic infection of the pilosebaceous gland. It is related to hormonal changes during puberty, but is also very common after the age of 30 equally affecting both sexes. Hair, sebum and keratinocytes are accumulated on the emissary duct of the follicle, obstructing it and blocking the flow of sebum to the skin’s surface. This results to the development of comedones. The main bacteria that causes acne is the propionibacterium acnes. The aim of the acne treatment is to reduce the number of bacteria, stop the pores of the sebacum gland from blocking and improve the quality and quantity of sebum production.

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Isolaz anti acne is a pioneering treatment since it is the only “photopneumatic treatment” that combines skin vacuum and broadband light treatment (480- 1250 nm). That way we achieve on the one hand the vacuum mechanical energy that removes sebum from the skin’s pores and on the other hand the broadband light treatment that increases the production of purpurins that are photosensitive enzymes. These enzymes are the enemy of propionibacterium acnes. The treatment is painless and does not require the use of local anaesthetic. It is very effective from the very first session and absolutely safe. The number of sessions varies from 4-6 depending to the severity of each case, since it can be applied on all types of acne, from mild comedone acne to cystic acne. Redness and mild local oedema is possible after treatment but will disappear after approximately 24 hours.

What is acne?

Apart from the fact that acne is a generalised problem, it is a skin condition characterised by lesions. Lesions tend to develop on the face, neck and upper part of the body – some of the body’s most exposed areas. The type of acne usually manifested in teenagers is common acne (acne vulgaris). Acne may be non-inflammatory (without redness and swelling) or inflammatory (with redness and swelling).

How can I tell whether acne is mild, moderate or severe?

Mild acne usually manifests with open or closed comedones. Both open and closed comedones are a non-inflammatory form of acne. Moderate acne includes comedones together with papules (lesion with redness) or pustules (lesions with redness and fluid). Papules may be non-inflammatory or inflammatory, but pustules are inflammatory.

Severe acne is usually characterised by inflammatory nodules. Nodules are large, pain-generating lesions underneath the skin that can lead to scars. If you have nodules, it is wiser to visit our clinic. The administration of the right treatment may significantly reduce scars.

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