Acne laser (ALSO KNOWN AS N LITE)
What does it do?
It reduces acne, spots, breakouts, irritations. Reduces redness, red veins, red spots.
What are the benefits?
- No need to use powerful prescription drugs to reduce acne
- Pain free
- Cost effective
- No down time
- Great looking skin
- Clinically proven to be effective
- Several months immunity to the acne bacteria
- Before and after pictures
If you suffer from acne Regenlite has been clinically proven to effectively treat the inflammation and spots, as well as reducing pits and scars, noticeably improving your skin. Acne has been shown to significantly improve 2-4 weeks following a single session and clearance has been shown to last over 9 months.
Vascular lesions such as port-wine stains, spider veins and rosacea can be effectively treated with Regenlite. Click here for Before and after pictures.
What does it involve?
Regenlite is a medical laser that emits a unique laser light from a handpiece held close to your skin. For younger looking skin this treatment is particularly suitable to be combined with Botox and dermal fillers for superior results.
How does it work?
For acne the laser light kills the bacteria that causes the infection and stimulates the natural healing mechanism of the skin.
For acne scars and wrinkles the light penetrates into the blood vessels stimulating the body’s natural healing response to build collagen from beneath so gradually plumping the skin from within.
For vascular lesions a higher energy beam is used which destroys the problem blood vessels that cause the blemishes, whilst leaving healthy skin unharmed.
You wear protective eye shields, lie back and relax while the therapist slowly moves the handpiece over your skin, firing the laser light exactly where required. The treatment is fast, approximately 30-45 minutes to cover the whole face. You may feel a warming sensation but it is quite painless. It may be beneficial to have some light microdermabrasion exfoliation beforehand, to maximise results.
Who is suitable?
All healthy adults of all skin types and colours. Certain health conditions and medications may mean you are unsuitable and these will be discussed with you beforehand and alternative treatments suggested if necessary. Please note that these treatments are not performed during pregnancy. Treatments are particularly useful as an alternative to surgery for those aged in their 30's, 40's or 50's or those of any age experiencing acne, acne scars and rosacea.
How many treatments?
Acne – usually 3-6 treatments 3-4 weekly, dependent on the severity. A maintenance treatment may be required after 6-9 months.
Vascular Lesions – depending on their type and severity they are selectively destroyed after approximately 3 treatments. Spider veins can take as few as 1 treatment.
Is it safe?
Immediately following treatment there are few or no visible after-effects so you can resume your normal routine quickly. Regenlite is clinically proven to have negligible side-effects. Its indications are fully cleared by the American Food and drug Administration (FDA). It also has full CE clearance for Europe.
What should I expect?
Clearer, fresher, smoother, brighter skin. Whether it’s for acne, wrinkles, scars or vascular lesions, Regenlite’s technology is effective on the majority of patients.
Some patients experience a small degree of temporary reddening or mild bruising of the skin. This can be camouflaged immediately using our mineral makeup products.
Dermatoloigsts often share the following tips with their patients who have acne:
- Do not squeeze acne to get rid of it. Acne treatment takes time to work. While you are waiting for treatment to work, it can be tempting to squeeze acne to get rid of it. Squeezing tends to make acne worse. It can even cause a permanent acne scar. This is why dermatologists tell their patients with acne not to pick, scratch, pop, or squeeze.
- Do not tan to get rid of acne. Trying to clear your acne by getting a tan may not be as safe as you think. Research shows that people who use tanning beds and sunlamps increase their risk of getting melanoma, the deadliest skin cancer, by 75%. Getting a tan from the sun also increases your risk of skin cancer.
Tanning also causes people to see wrinkles, age spots, and other signs of aging much earlier. And many acne treatments increase the skin’s sensitivity to ultraviolet (UV) light. Both the sun and tanning beds emit UV light. If you are using an acne treatment, tanning can cause your skin to become red, sore, and start to peel.
What should you do instead of tan? Dermatologists recommend using an acne treatment. There are many effective acne treatments.
- Treat your acne. Thanks to research breakthroughs, virtually every case of acne can be controlled. If you cannot find a treatment that works, a dermatologist can help.
- Be gentle to your skin. Scrubbing your skin clean will not clear acne. Scrubbing irritates the skin and tends to make acne worse.
Telegraph Newspaper Article
Shining a light on acne
Laser treatment may be the new panacea for acne, says Jane Alexander.
It isn’t just the young stars of the Harry Potter movies who are plagued by zits – a huge number of more mature celebrities are cursed with problematic skin. Kate Moss, Cameron Diaz, Madonna, Uma Thurman, Billie Piper and Victoria Beckham have all been spotted (sorry) with outbreaks. Adult acne is increasing and a recent study in the US shows that 25 per cent of women aged 30-40 will suffer from the condition.
“It’s a major psychological problem,’’ says Tony Chu, professor of dermatology at the University of Buckingham and medical director of the West London Dermatology Centre. ''I have had patients who have cancelled their weddings as the stress made their skin worse.’’
Pharmacist Shabir Daya from online pharmacy Victoria Health agrees. ''Stress stimulates the production of male hormones. The major culprit is dihydrotestosterone (DHT), which increases the production of the skin’s natural oil, sebum, clogging the pores.’’ The bacteria associated causes acne to thrive in these conditions, feeding on the sebum and irritating the glands, which leads to spots.
The standard prescription is an antibiotic and a vitamin A cream to unblock the pores. For tough cases, stronger medications such as Roaccutane (isotretinoin) are used, which take four to six weeks to take effect and can clear about 50 per cent of lesions. However, they might have side-effects such as dry skin, eyes and lips, raised blood fats and sugar.
Prof Chu is pioneering the use of a different approach – the N-Lite (or Regenlite) laser. It was developed for general skin rejuvenation but when one patient with severe acne found her lesions virtually disappeared after two weeks, a clinical study was set up at Hammersmith Hospital. The results, published in The Lancet, are promising and later this week the laser is under consideration by the Nice (National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence) committee for use throughout the NHS. The N-Lite appears more effective than antibiotics; results are seen faster and there are no side-effects. It uses yellow light, which penetrates deeply into the skin, killing the bacteria in acne. ''It triggers the immune system to reduce inflammation and repair the damage caused by the acne bacteria,’’ claims Prof Chu.
Another alternative to medication is phototherapy, in which the skin is exposed to either blue LED light alone or in combination with red light. The blue light has anti-bacterial properties while the red light acts as an anti-inflammatory.It is most effective for mild to moderate acne (reports suggest it can decrease lesions by around 60 per cent) and costs about £55 – but again results are mixed.
Scientists at the University of California hope nanotechnology – the science of engineering at a molecular level – will offer a solution. They are working on coconut-oil ''nano-bombs’’ that will target bacteria with antibacterial lauric acids. Meanwhile, you could try the decidedly low-tech remedy of turmeric (a natural antiseptic) mixed with coconut oil (high in lauric acid) as a face mask.
There is still no one-size fits all cure for acne. But with research and innovation, sufferers may find life could become smoother in the future.