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ClearLight™ Acne Therapy
With today's technology, there's no reason to walk around with pimples on your face or any other part of your body. Acne can be resolved completely or improved dramatically with available treatments usable by anyone at any age under most any circumstance.
New Treatment Options: ClearLight/Omnilux Dual Light Acne Therapy
There is a new light-based system for the treatment of acne. It involves a short, completely painless treatment regimen with impressive results and no side effects or downtime.
ClearLight treatments destroy acne-causing bacteria within the skin. Applied in eight treatments over a four week period, most patients see a dramatic decrease in the number and severity of acne blemishes and lesions; some report significant improvements after only two or three sessions.
How ClearLight Works
The ClearLight system's high-intensity blue-violet light activates special bacteria-fighting agents in your own body called porphyrins. These porphyrins start a chemical reaction that produces peroxide, which destroys the P. acnes bacteria (the root cause of inflamed blemishes).
ClearLight is the first medical device designed to significantly clear inflammatory acne lesions in less than four weeks - without side effects.
Traditional acne treatments have various side effects. Topical therapies often cause redness, irritation and/or peeling. Topical-only treatment can be effective in the management of mild acne but rarely has the desired results for those suffering from constant and persistent acne.
Oral antibiotic therapies may have even more side effects. Although not to be discounted and frequently helpful in combined treatment, typical oral antibiotics alone simply don't "get the job done". Ongoing antibiotic use in women often results in imbalances that encourage yeast infections and requires self-monitoring of sun exposure.
ClearLight is suitable for all body areas, including the large areas of the back and shoulders and the sensitive beard area. It treats mild to moderate inflammatory acne. Severe acne requires more aggressive treatment and many cases will respond well to the newer "non-ablative" lasers. (Non-ablative lasers do not remove or burn skin, but work from within the skin.) See SmoothBeam and Vbeam links below under Related Treatments.
Goals of the ClearLight Acne Treatments
What is a ClearLight Treatment Like?
First, you should arrive with clean skin. Makeup must be removed prior to treatment. You will lie comfortably under a light for a period of minutes with protective goggles over your eyes. There is NO PAIN with ClearLight, no peeling, no irritation, no restriction from sun exposure and no one will even notice you have had a treatment. If you wear makeup, it can be reapplied directly following your treatment. It's really that simple.
Will I be Blemish-Free after my treatments?
Though the inflammation will be gone for the majority of patients at the end of the treatment series, you may experience a redness, where the inflamed blemish was located. This redness will dissipate in a short time. It is important to remember that ClearLight treats only inflamed mild to moderate acne blemishes. ClearLight is not designed to clear cystic and/or nodular acne or comedones and will provide little or no clearing of these lesions. Our office has a wide range of other effective treatments for more severe or resistant acne.
Acne is not a medically "curable" condition, but it is one that can be controlled and managed. You may require maintenance treatments to keep the clearing at an optimum level. This is in addition to any at-home treatment program you have been advised to use.
What should I do between ClearLight Treatments?
You should avoid touching or picking your blemishes at all times. In addition, use a non-irritating anti-acne cleanser such as salicylic acid daily. You will be advised of correct products and proper home care during and after your treatment.
How do ClearLight Treatments for Acne compare to Topical Creams and Oral Antibiotics?
Topical and Oral Antibiotics - Treatment Time and Side Effects
Some of these drugs are reported to have side effects that range from mild to quite severe. For example, Benzoyl Peroxide causes irritation to the skin, and topical antibiotics have a very low effective rate. Topical retinoids such as Retin-A and Renova are photosensitive. Oral antibiotics have a relapse of a few weeks to a couple months at the end of the therapy and the side effects include GIT, Vertigo, Vaginal candidiasis (yeast infections), Hepatitis, and Lupus. Accutane and Roaccutane cause severe skin and mucosal irritation, liver enzymes, blood lipids, night blindness, and depression.
Related Treatments and Information
Isolaz - Vacuum and bacteria-killing light in one procedure. Helps prevent breakouts by removing the source of the acne bacteria breeding ground from pores.
Acne Facts - Learn what acne is, what causes acne, the various types of acne, treatments and how you can help maintain clearer skin.
During your consultation, Dr. Pilest will be able to determine the best course of treatment for your skin condition. Contact us for an appointment.