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NLite treatment for Active Acne

Introduction

Acne Vulgaris is the most common dermatological condition world wide.

It is caused by the build up of skin oils and dead skin cells that block the openings of the hair follicles. This is a haven for skin bacteria that multiple and form pustules that go on to form scars.

Acne commonly affects teenagers and 30% of this group will continue to have acne into adult life. In addition it can come on in adult life and also be associated with rosacea.

Many patients have been using alcohol based solutions to dry up this skin. This has the opposite affect on the acne causing the skin to work harder to produce the oils and can make the acne worse.

The NLite is a revolutionary new way to treat active acne. The technique uses laser light to gently react with the acne bacteria to kill the organism. The laser light stimulates wound healing and speeds the resolution of the pain and redness.

Top up treatments will further improve the appearance. Studies also indicate some success treating acne scars.

Is it Safe?

This laser light has been used in laser centres for over ten years. The only difference is the revolutionary way in which the laser beam is treated. In general, much lower energy settings are used, and therefore untoward effects have been minimised.

What can you expect at the time of your treatment?

All procedures can be carried out without the need for any anaesthetic. Laser light is harmful to the eyes, and so you will be provided with protective eye wear. Do not remove this unless instructed to do so by your practitioner.

Each pulse of the laser feels like a tiny pinprick. The laser traces along the length of each wrinkle only once. After the treatment is completed you will be aware of a gentle warming of the skin. There is no bruising, no redness and minimal swelling.

How long does it last?

So far it has been demonstrated that the spots begin to dry up in a few days. Improvement will continue for 12 weeks. Further treatments will be required to keep the acne in check.

Can it be repeated?

Top up treatments will further improve the appearance. Studies also indicate some success treating acne scars.

What are the limitations?

The NLite laser does not work on non acne skin spots.

Temporary redness may occur in 10% of patients. This usually lasts for less than a day or two and is easily covered up with makeup.

You must avoid strenuous activity for at least two hours pre and post treatment.

Rarely a flair-up of your acne will occur 2-3 days after the treatment.

A flair-up of the acne is seen in 10 to 20% of patients at 2 to 4 weeks after the laser treatment. This is due to inflammation caused by the dead bacteria. This always settles within a further two to three weeks.

You must avoid strenuous activity for at least two hours pre and post treatment.

You should avoid aspirin containing medications, anti-inflammatory drugs for seven days prior to and seven days after the treatment. Avoid smoking for at least four hours before and four hours after the laser treatment. The longer the better. If this advice is ignored it will all reduce the effect of the laser.

If you have been taking Roaccutane then you must be off this for a minimum of three months.