Acne is an extremely common skin condition which affects almost all teens at some point. However when acne outbreaks continue in your 20s, 30s and even 40s it can have a debilitating impact on self esteem, not to mention increasing the risk of scarring and pigmentation changes.
Daily creams, long term antibiotics and other systemic pills are common treatments, although they do not work for everyone. And some people would prefer not to be on long term medication.
What causes acne?
Acne develops when hair follicles (pores) get plugged with debris (called hyperkeratinization) and oil (called sebum). Sebum is produced by sebaceous glands that are attached to the pores. Excess sebum and blocked pores create ideal conditions for acne bacteria to thrive and multiply– triggering the blemishes we see on our skin.
What is different about Sebacia Acne Treatment?
The Sebacia Acne Treatment uses a specialized formulation containing gold microparticles (SEB-250). SEB-250 is a liquid topical that is applied and massaged into the skin. The procedure delivers SEB-250 into the pores and sebaceous glands. A hand-held laser is then applied to the skin, heating the Sebacia Microparticles in the pores and sebaceous glands. This targeted heating is designed to affect the sebaceous glands and pores to address the three factors causing acne and improve the appearance of your skin over time.
This makes the treatment non systemic as it is physically targeting the sebaceous gland and not affecting any other part of the body, nor does it rely you on ingesting a medication.
Advantages of the Sebacia Acne Treatment
Localised treatment that targets 3 of the underlying causes of acne (see crossectional image)
1. Oil production
2. Clogged pores
3. P. acnes bacteria
All of which contribute to
4. Inflammation in response to the bacteria
Only 3 procedures each lasting 30-45 minutes with no downtime from school or work may eliminate the need for antibiotics or systemic prescription drugs.
Effects of Sebacia Acne Treatment in SEB-003 European Study
Mean inflammatory lesion reduction at 12 weeks 49%
Mean inflammatory lesion reduction at 7 months 69%
What is involved?
You will need to book an inital consultation with our consultant dermatologist to confirm that the treatment is suitable for your skin. If deemed appropriate you will be given a skin preparation routine to follow for a minimum of 2 weeks before the laser treatment. This comprises of a cleanser and moisturiser (provided as part of the treatment) and a prescription gel to be applied at night. In addition to this you will be asked to protect your face from sunlight and other sources of UV by using a sunscreen of your choice (minimum 30SPF) daily.
When you return for your first laser treatment we will take photographs of your skin before massaging the SEB-250 into your skin for 10 minutes using a hand held massager. After the excess has been removed you will have the laser treatment. Laser feels like a series of elastic band 'pings' on to you skin, it is usually well tolerated and we provide air cooling as well as cool packs to help reduce any discomfort you may experience. After the treatment you will may be red for 24 - 48 hours and experience some dryness or crusting. This is normal and we encourage you to moisturise and continue to protect your skin with SPF. Your second treatment is given a week later and the third treatment a week after that. This is the treatment complete.
You should expect to see some improvement from 3 months and although you may experience some flare ups of acne this should continue to improve over the following months.