This programme is a medically prescribed regime designed to maximise the skin’s texture after acne has improved. The aims of this 8 week regime is to reduce acne scarring, improve skin texture and prevent acne from recurring. This programme is designed for patients who are looking to improve the condition of the skin once acne has been treated. It is NOT designed to treat active acne.
The Clear Skin programme is a three step process which can be incorporated into your current acne regime at any given time -providing that acne is under control. Roaccutane/ Oratane patients must wait at least 8 weeks before undertaking this programme.
The first step
The first step in this programme is the use of a prescription vitamin A cream. Medically prescribed Vitamin a cream has several actions on the skin including treating acne at the molecular level, reduction of mild UV induced damage to the skin, reduction of fine wrinkles and scar reduction. Retinoids creams are a form of Vitamin A which are prescribed at a known concentration. A prescription enables the dermatologist control over the purity, form and concentration of Vitamin A prescribed. In summary, a prescription vitamin A cream can reduce the formation of comedones (acne lesions), and due to the regenerative effects on dermal collagen, can reduce scar formation. Vitamin A also thickens and normalises the epidermis- improving skin texture over time.
The second step
The second step in the clear skin programme is the use of LED technology- also known as ‘acne light or acne laser treatment.’ In this setting, a high energy red light is used to stimulate collagen and aid in the repair of the upper layers of the skin. The result is a reduction in mild scarring, and increased skin recovery times. Dermatologist generally do not recommend LED acne light treatments as a sole treatment of active acne, however LED treatments have been documented to reduce mild scarring over time. LED acne light treatments are painless and take approximately 10 minutes to perform. 4-5 treatments are recommended as part of the programme.
The third step
The third step involves AHA peels/ Glycolic acid peels. Chemical peels are designed to improve skin texture , unclog pores and stimulate dermal collagen. As part of the 10 week Clear skin programme, peels can reduce mild acne scarring. AHA peels are conducted every 2 weeks by our speciality nurses. They take approximately 10-15 minutes to perform and are usually performed one week after LED acne light treatments. Essentially patients alternate between LED acne light treatments and AHA peels every week for 8 weeks.