Acne Treatment

acne treatments

Acne Treatments

At Dundrum Cosmetic Clinic you can relax in the hands of our skincare experts. We can treat acne, spots and greasy skin on any part of your face or body with our acne removal treatment.  Eliminate acne and acne scarring – We have a range of Acne Treatments, such as Laser, topical products.

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Acne is caused by the body’s increased production of the hormone androgen (produced by both men and women), which stimulates the sebaceous glands to produce more oil. The increased production of oil causes the pores to become blocked, so that the oil cannot come up to the skin surface. The acne itself is an infection caused by skin bacteria that feed on and break down this oil.

As the bacteria multiply, waste products and sebacic acid are created, and the sebaceous gland becomes inflamed – causing what is known as a blackhead, a whitehead or a pimple.

How does the acne treatments with IPL work?

The IPL operator guides the light from the flash-lamp to the treatment area. The IPL system carefully filters this light in two ways to ensure that only light with the correct characteristics (wavelengths) is allowed to reach your skin.

The light that is allowed through is absorbed by haemoglobin, which is the red pigment in blood. The light from the flash-lamp heats up the haemoglobin in the fine blood vessels that supply the sebaceous glands. This causes a minor injury to the sebaceous glands and slows down the overproduction of oil that leads to acne.

How long does the acne treatment take?

The glass prism within the IPL applicator guides the light to the skin. It takes approximately 40 minutes to treat the full face. A typical course of therapy includes four treatments, approximately three weeks apart.

Can I be treated?

The best results are achieved on inflammatory acne – best known as those red, aching, raised pimples. It is important your skin is relatively pale at the time of the treatment, as too much light will be absorbed by a dark complexion.

How does acne develop?

  • A normal hair and sebaceous gland can become partially blocked
  • Bacteria called P. Acnes live on the sebum and produce fatty acids
  • The body responds by blocking the gland’s exit to the skin
  • Sometimes the mixture of hair protein, oil and fatty acids damages the walls of the follicle and causes inflammation

IPL treatment works by reducing the blood supply to the sebaceous gland, which slows down production of the body oil sebum.

Does it hurt?

No anaesthetics are required, and many patients describe the discomfort as a warming sensation similar to the feeling one has after a day on the beach. The lighter the skin colour, the less discomfort.

Do I need to take special precautions before and after treatment?

The light used is completely safe, visible light, so no special precautions are necessary. Potentially harmful wavelengths are removed by the IPL Dual Mode Filtering system.

What can I expect?

You may notice some general redness on the face following the treatment. If you have sun-damaged skin, some of the pigmented spots may turn darker and eventually disappear.

Because the bacteria are difficult to eradicate completely, your specialist will probably recommend that you continue using image skincare products for some weeks after the IPL treatment.
Although results vary from person to person, initial results from a recent clinical study show that 58% of acne lesions disappeared with the Superior IPL treatment, compared to 33% improvement with topical cream alone. Please talk to your specialist about what results you can expect.

How can I be sure the acne treatments are safe and effective?

Clinical trials documenting safety and effectiveness are carried out by leading doctors prior to the release of the product. The results of these tests are then published in respected, refereed medical journals. The settings used for your treatment will be based on the settings recommended by the clinicians who carried out the clinical trials.

Should you have any questions please phone us 01 2166 778 or Contact Us – we would be delighted to help.