Acne

Acne is a very common skin condition that affects 95% of teenagers and adults to some extent over the course of their lifetime. Acne is commonly triggered by hormonal changes. In response, the sebaceous gland (found in the hair follicle) produces too much oil, or ‘sebum’, which captures dead skin, debris and, in turn, clogs up the follicles. Bacteria builds up in the sebaceous (oil-producing) gland which travels up the hair follicle and out to the skin’s surface, this results in blackheads, whiteheads, red or pus-filled spots, and inflamed skin. Acne is easily recognised by the appearance of the spots on the face, neck, chest, or back.

Acne can be effectively treated with Intense Pulsed Light alone or in combination with other clinical treatments. Intense Pulsed Light treatments greatly reduce the number and severity of active lesions, lessening the inflammation and frequency of break-outs

At Buff and Bare we use medical-grade IPL system, that enable us to deliver safe and effective acne treatments with clinically proven results.

To provide the safest and most clinically effective treatments, we use a state of the art Laser and Intense Pulse Light system (IPL) called Lynton Lumina. The Lynton LUMINA enables us to treat over 10 different aesthetic concerns, including hair removal for skin types 1-6. Used by NHS and private hospitals across the UK, the Lumina provides the very best in clinical results, speed of treatment, and client comfort for safe and effective treatments.

Our advanced handpieces allow us to customise treatment options for patients with different skin types, tones and concerns. The LUMINA primarily utilises two medical grade IPL wavelenghths to deliver DynamicReflex technology to combat of skin concerns. DynamicReflex Technology, was developed by Lynton through many years of PhD research and 25 years of British manufacturing expertise. With DynamicReflex Technology we can achieve above and beyond the expected results of difficult skin conditions with superior high energy pulses.

The light emitted from the Intense Pulsed Light system directly targets overactive sebaceous glands, greatly reducing the total number and severity of active lesions, and lessening the inflammation and occurrence of break-outs. The light stimulates the production of new collagen to improve skin texture, and can also reduce the appearance of red or brown areas of skin that are often associated with acne breakouts.

A layer of chilled gel is applied to the skin to help guide the light. The light guide is placed onto the skin and a short pulse of light is released. The applicator is passed over the skin several times before moving onto the neighbouring area, and the process is repeated until the whole area is treated. Each pulse of light treats a large area of skin and so the duration of the treatment is very short. The gel is removed and the skin is moisturised. During treatment protective eye wear will be provided.

Almost everyone can be treated, apart from very dark skinned or tanned individuals. If you are pregnant or taking Roaccutane (an acne medication) it is best not to undergo laser or Intense Pulsed Light treatment.

Treatment is mildly uncomfortable but no anaesthesia is required. Many people describe the sensation as similar to the _ ick of an elastic band.

Immediately after treatment the skin may appear red and a warm tingling sensation may be felt. Typically the skin is cooled to ease any discomfort and a calming gel is applied.

The treated area can become quite red immediately after treatment but this usually disappears within a couple of hours. Most people experience no other side effects but very rarely a small blister could form or the skin may become temporarily lighter or darker.

A typical treatment session is approximately 30 minutes

The number of treatments necessary varies from person to person, but typically 6 Intense Pulsed Light and 6 exfoliating treatments will result in a significant improvement.

Prior to treatment you must first undergo a consultation where details about your medical history are obtained in order to confirm suitability. Before proceeding you will be asked to sign a consent form and undergo a test patch.