There are many myths about the cause of acne. Some people think that the incidence of acne is higher if you eat foods like chocolate or French fries. Others think the presence of acne is due to poor hygiene. Neither is true.
Acne is caused by the body’s increased production of the hormone androgen, which stimulates the sebaceous glands to produce more oil. The increased production of oil cannot come up to the skin surface. The acne itself is an infection caused by skin bacteria that feed on and break down the 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.
But now – with the clinically tested and safe Ellipse treatment – help is at hand!
How does the Ellipse Acne treatment work?
The Ellipse IPL carefully filters its light energy. 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. You are required to have a patch test prior to treatment so that we can make sure there are no contraindications to you having the treatment. We also recommend use of differin gel for 3 weeks prior to the treatment starting, this ensures the skin is free from bacteria and as clear as it can be this achieving optimum results. This topical gel is available on prescription so you will need to speak to your GP.
How long does an Ellipse treatment take?
It takes approximately 60 flashes to treat the full face. Including consultation and preparation, you should count on 30-45 minutes in the clinic.
How many treatments are necessary?
Typically treatment should be once every 3 weeks for 4 treatments. Each treatment takes approximately 20 minutes.
Does it hurt?
Sensation varies from person to person. No anesthetic is required and many clients describe the discomfort as a warming sensation similar to the feeling one has after a day on the beach.