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Non-invasive methods of treating acne are fast becoming accepted as an alternative to standard treatments.Although the typical first line offense in acne treatment is still antibiotics (both topical and oral), for those who have particular need or desire to avoid such programs, light treatments do provide a reasonable alternative.
Acne is one of the world’s most common skin conditions, affecting over 85% of adolescents by the age of 24 years and up to 50% of adults over 25 years of age. Acne is a widespread and upsetting condition. It can produce lifelong physical and emotional scarring.
Before and after Omnilux TM combination therapy showing excellent reduction in inflamed and nodular lesions, 12 weeks from the end of treatment.
Acne is NOT caused by bad diet or greasy foods. In fact, acne develops when the sebaceous glands in a person's skin produces excess oil (sebum). This oil combines with cells that line the gland walls and clogs the skin’s pores. Normal skin bacteria colonize these pores and the body’s response causes the inflammation or reddening of the skin that we associate with acne.
One of the key bacteria responsible for the inflammation is Propionibacterium acnes or P.acnes. These bacteria produce natural chemicals called poryphyrins, which are sensitive to light at different wavelengths. If stimulated, these chemicals will neutralize the bacteria and with no bacteria present inflammation will subside.
Omnilux blueTM stimulates these chemicals and by doing so eradicates the bacteria that cause the redness or inflammation of acne. This is combined with Omnilux reviveTM which has anti inflammatory properties, the dual treatment helps to stop acne production and minimize the redness of acne lesions promoting healthier skin.
Omnilux treatments are totally non-invasive and generate no heat. The treatment does not damage normal tissue and works with the body’s own natural processes to rejuvenate the skin.
The Omnilux blue unit showing the array of light emitting diodes
You will have to remove any makeup or sunblock before the treatment and you will also be asked to wear safety goggles. The light will then be positioned close to your face and you will be treated for 20 minutes. After that you’re free to go home. Typical treatment programs consist of 8 sessions over a 4 week period with alternating the blue light and red light each session.
Combination phototherapy works through the anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory activity of Omnilux blueTM and Omnilux reviveTM delivered alternately. Only by delivering the right wavelength in sequence can optimum results be seen.
The action of the light combination returns the gland’s abnormally high level of sebum to normal and reduces the production of pro-inflammatory cytokines.
Simultaneously, Omnilux blueTM induces anti-inflammatory cytokines, stimulating specific immunoregulatory pathways.
The intracellular specificity of red light therapy (Omnilux reviveTM) is well documented and it has long been demonstrated that 633nm offers excellent reduction in inflammatory lesions and is proven to stimulate cellular mechanisms for tissue repair.
Omnilux blue is the most potent blue light source in activating the target photo sensitizer, producing singlet oxygen that leads to rapid eradication of the P.acnes bacteria.
Simply that the blue light wavelength is the death-knell for acne bacteria and the red light speeds up the healing.
Photo Dynamic Therapy (PDT) is an intense light therapy that uses a product called Levulan. This powerful photosensitizing topical solution assists the penetration of the light and causing the light therapy to act more quickly than using light alone. There is generally some short “down time” with PDT as your skin will be quite red and you will experience some peeling. There is a fairly intense heat sensation as the solution is activated by the light.
Dr. Sikorski will explain all the options that may be effective for your acne condition.
Not sure where to start? Give us a call and chat with our patient coordinator Michelle. Call the office at (949) 448-0487 or Request a callback through this online form.