This therapy targets one of the most common skin disorders: acne, also know as pimples or blackheads. About 85% of adolescents between 11 and 25 years old suffers from it to a certain degree, but it can appear in many people at a later age as well. Acne is a skin disorder that causes inflammation of the sebaceous glands resulting in pimples and blackheads. It is therefore most common in places where there many sebaceous glands such as the face, back, chest and shoulders.
At the places the disorder can appear in the forms of:
- acne vulgaris (pimples and whiteheads or blackheads);
- acne keloidalis(pimples and infections which leave scars);
- acne conglobata (serious form which causes large areas of inflammation and scarring);
- acne excoriee des jeunes filles (acne which is partly caused or aggravated by scratching at the pimples or scabs;
- acne mallorca(acne caused by suntan lotions, heat, sweat and UV rays);
Treatment of acne: before and after
* results may vary from person to person.
The disorder can have many different causes such as:
- hormonal changes during adolescence;
- contact with certain substances, such as components of certain cosmetics (make-up, skincare products, shampoo etc.);
- changes in climate;
- medication (such as the contraceptive pill, IUDs and other medication);
- intestinal imbalances.
Possible therapeutic treatment methods in case of acne
When acne is so persistent and prevalent that it makes the patient feel unhappy in his or her daily life, skin therapy can be the solution. In our practice we have the following treatments available:
The emphasis of the therapy will be on the thorough cleansing and maintaining the cleanliness of the skin. We can do this in different ways, depending on several factors such as the severity of the acne, sensitivity of the skin and medication use.
- Peeling treatments Sometimes we treat the skin using a peeling treatment (= a liquid with a peeling effect), after which the removal of pimples and blackheads can start. In this treatment, the pimples and blackheads are cleansed of puss and tallow in a sterile way using pressure. During this treatment we often recommend certain calming and caring products for the skin; sometimes it is better to calm the skin completely.
A supplement to the acne treatment is applying microdermabrasion. This is a method where the skin is scrubbed using aluminium-oxide crystals. They quickly make the skin smoother, reduce any acne scars and improves the blood circulation in the skin so that the entire skin looks fresher and more healthy. As the skin is smoother, the sebaceous glands don’t tend to get clogged or infected as easily.
- Light therapy (LED Lamp)
In our practice we are continuously working on innovation and improvement of skincare, and we are happy with some new developments in the field of skin improvement. Light therapy can help with any number of skin problems, such as acne. Eczema, hyper-pigmentation and rejuvenation (see also Acne and light therapy).
- Acne and skincare products
In our practice we are always looking for the best skincare products for treating acne. These are some of the products we use:
What happens during a skin therapy session?
During the first consultation we talk about the patient’s history form and we do a first skin examination. On the basis of this examination we will make a treatment plan. The treatment process can include one of the above possibilities such as microdermabrasion and light-therapy apart from acne therapy. Depending on the severity the treatment will take place once a week to one per two or three weeks. We will schedule your appointments together with you and with your agreement.
If were referred to us by your GP or specialist, we will keep your doctor informed about the treatment plan and its development at all times.
In some cases the heath insurer demands that cover is requested before the treatment may start. We can take care of this request for you. Most health insurance have (limited) cover in their additional insurance packages for acne treatment. You can find more information about this in the terms and conditions of your insurance policy.
How long does the treatment take?
Unsurprisingly this depends on the nature and severity of the problem. After the first appointment, and certainly after a few treatments, you skin therapist will be able to estimate how long the treatment will take.
This varies from 60 to 90 minutes. There’s also a difference between cleansing the skin and making it acne-free. Because every patient is different, freeing a patient of acne can take between 3 and 12 months on a basis of one treatment a week at the start, later gradually reduced to one treatment every 5 or 6 weeks or more.
As soon as the skin has been healed, a regular after-care treatment is recommended. This can, with your agreement, be done for example once every month or every two months. Finally, the treatment will normally be concluded with a few check-ups.
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION ABOUT THE ABOVE MENTIONED SUBJECTS
Acne and seasons
A number of acne patients see an increase in acne in autumn and winter after a sunny summer. This can be because of the summer sun. When the skin is exposed to the sun, it becomes dryer, the sebaceous glands seem less active, infections decrease and the skin becomes more tanned. We often hear that acne patient have significantly fewer symptoms in summer.
Sunlight contains damaging UV rays which can damage the nuclei of the cells and thus can damage the DNA. The skin has two ways of limiting this damage. On the one hand melanocytes in the top layer of the skin can produce pigment which forms a protective shield over the cells so the UV rays can do less damage to the cell nuclei. On the other hand, the skin becomes thicker. Particularly this last effect can be unpleasant for acne sufferers. Because the skin becomes thicker, the sebaceous glands become more closed. When the sun stops shining, and the growth of bacteria increases, this can cause problems. Because the skin is thicker now, the sebum cannot get out of the pores thereby increasing the chance of infections. It is therefore advisable to be careful with excessive sun exposure and to take good care of the skin.
Acne and stress
Scientific research has shown that stress can worsen acne. This is easily explained. Stress can be caused in many different ways. Think about causes such emotional stress such as tension and performance anxiety at school, exams, presentation, but also emotions caused by social factors such as bereavement, divorce, fights and similar experiences. Apart from this there are many physical factors that can cause stress such as incorrect nutrition, insufficient nutrition and chemical burdens on the skin (smoking, drugs, medication etc.).
Acne and nutrition
The role of nutrition remains controversial for many. However, in our practice we are convinced that nutrition can be an aggravating factor that can play a part in the worsening and sometimes even causing acne. When someone is predisposed to developing acne, an unhealthy life-style with stress and incorrect nutrition will lead to the acne to manifest itself. Which foods have this effect, differs from person to person, though. Sometimes cutting out specific foods can improve skin in the short term and alleviate or even eliminate symptoms.
Acne and additional medication
Sometimes the use of additional or supporting medication like antibiotics or nutritional supplements is necessary. Because only a GP or specialist can prescribe these, we will consult a doctor in these cases. In any case, skin therapy and medication usually work very well in combination. Even when using Roaccutane, it is best to start acne skin therapy as soon as possible. This is because Roaccutane dries out the skin. When drying blocked glands have to be emptied later, this can be very difficult to impossible because sebum is encapsulated or dried in. Therefore we recommend to start with acne therapy as soon as possible after starting Roaccutane in order to remove sebum deposits.
Acne and light therapy
In our practice we can use LED light technology when treating acne and other skin conditions. We have red light and LED light (red, green and blue light) among others. Both lamps are suitable for different phases of treating acne. For example, in the first phase of infection and dry skin which often use blue light. In the skin healing phase we often use red light, in combination with blue or green.
Red light 640 nml
Red lights improves circulation and lymphatic flow. It is excellent applied in case of ageing skin and it stimulates the production of ATP (Adenoidal Triphosphat). ATP is energy that the cell produces and needs for all cell activities such as DNA replication, cell metabolism and cell construction.
Blue light 470 nml
Blue light is effective in reducing acne and bacterial infections and is used to improve acne and actinic keratosis (UV damage).
Green light 525 nml
The effect of green light is used in cases of hyper-pigmentation, reducing redness and erythema. Green light contributes to the skin’s detoxification process by limiting irritation ad sensitivity, and it can be used to treat rosacea and irritated skin in case of eczema an after laser treatments, microdermabrasion and peeling treatments.
* results may vary from person to person.
Acne treatment 30 min € 45,00
Acne treatment 45 min € 59,00
Acne treatment 60 min € 69,50