Studies indicate that most people experience acne in some form at some time in their life. Acne usually begins during adolescence but often continues into adulthood. Hormonal changes cause the enlargement and blocking of oil-producing sebaceous glands near the hair follicle within the skin.
Acne usually begins with an abnormal amount of bacteria, mainly propionibacterium acnes (P. acnes). This typically causes painful pimples - known as inflamed pustules of acne or inflammatory acne - that can appear on the face, chest, back, limbs and virtually any other part of the body. Acne can produce life-long scars, both physically and emotionally!
acne-like conditions are very common and is not limited to teenagers. acne is the most common skin disorder in the US affecting 17 million people, and not all of them teens. from infants to the elderly, 80 % of the population experiences acne at one time or another. scrubbing with harsh soaps or cleansers and using some acne medications can irritate and dry your skin, making your acne worse
LIMITATIONS OF CURRENT TREATMENT METHODS
The most common approaches to acne management include:
Topical applications. From widely available over-the-counter ointments to prescription creams, this is the most popular way of treating acne; in many cases, however, creams often irritate the skin and have minimal long-term effect in actually reducing P.acnes. Oral antibiotics. Although somewhat more effective than topicals, antibiotics are limited by the fact that 40% of acne bacteria are insensitive to oral antibiotics. Additionally, patients must continue the antibiotic regimen for a lengthy period of time (usually at least 3-4 months). Since improvement in the patient's condition is often very gradual, permanent scarring may occur before the condition is appropriately managed. Moreover, there is a growing reluctance in the medical community to use antibiotics - except when absolutely necessary! Accutane. Used as the treatment of last resort,The ClearLight system, by comparison, can be used as a first line of defense with no side effects and clinical efficacy consistent with oral antibiotics and topical treatments.
THE CLEARLIGHT ADVANTAGE
The innovative ClearLight System is powered by light-based Acne PhotoClearing (APC) technology, which penetrates the skin and destroys surface and ductal p. acnes bacteria quickly and easily. Its destruction rate surpasses the normal proliferation rate, assuring a rapid decrease in p. acnes that is unmatched by other treatments. There is no irritation, side effects or photosensitivity.
Key benefits of ClearLight include:
The combined energies - Natural photodynamic therapy (blue spectrum) and infrared with RF - enables highly selective targeting of the sebaceous glands with acne bacteria. Infrared and RF energies reduce sebaceous gland activity while blue light destroys acne.