A laser system which is helping to revolutionise the treatment of acne is being used in Bolton for the first time to help sufferers of this painful and embarrassing condition.
The Regenlite laser offers fast and effective treatment for acne and acne scarring, with visible results in as little as one treatment. Typically patients will need only three treatments for longer term results.
Regenlite is backed by numerous clinical studies including publications in The Lancet and the British Journal of Dermatology. It has just become available at Laserase Bolton on the Royal Bolton Hospital site.
Clinic Manager Julie Kershaw said: “Regenlite is one of the biggest breakthroughs in the treatment of acne for many years. It is clinically proven to offer a pain-free solution to the problems of acne and acne scarring.”
The Regenlite laser works by delivering low frequency light pulses which stimulate the body’s natural responses to treat skin conditions such as acne.
Although often thought of as a teenage affliction, acne can sometimes persist into adulthood. It can also arise later in life even when there is no history of spots. Numerous celebrities, from Katy Perry to Cameron Diaz, are reported to struggle with acne. About 5% of women and 1% of men have acne over the age of 25.
Spots are caused by blocked hair follicles in the skin. Tiny sebaceous glands attached to these follicles produce sebum to help lubricate the hair and the skin to stop it drying out. Acne occurs when the glands produce too much sebum, which mixes with dead skin cells and causes a blockage in the follicle.
There are a number of reasons for the glands producing too much sebum. This includes hormonal imbalance – for example many people have acne during puberty, some women have “break outs” before or during menstruation, and others can suffer from acne when they are pregnant or during menopause. More than 80% of cases of adult acne occur in women.
One of the symptoms of Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) is oily skin or acne. Acne can also be inherited – if both your parents had acne, you are more likely to get severe acne at an early age. Also, if one or both of your parents had adult acne, you are more like to get this too.
Contrary to popular belief, acne is not caused by a poor diet or by unclean skin. Triggers can be anything from new cosmetics to certain foods and, for some people, whatever they do, they still get spots and “break outs”.
“Many of the people who come to us with acne have already spent lots of money trying many of the treatments available on the market without success,” added Julie Kershaw. “That’s why Regenlite is so exciting, as it offers new hope for those who suffer from this frustrating condition.”
Laserase Bolton has been treating acne for over 20 years and offers a range of treatments, which are tailored to a patient’s needs. All treatments are carried out by qualified doctors and nurses and the treatment options available are discussed in full with the patient at a free consultation.