Shedding Light - Elevate Magazine - New Year 2003
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Shedding Light

By Melissa Van Overbeek

A new light treatment for acne has patients basking in the glow of clear skin

A new method of acne treatment has patients sitting in comfort under a UV-safe enhanced blue light to achieve noticeably clearer skin. ClearLight is proving to be a highly effective option in treating patients who have mild to moderate acne. Dr. Lisa Kellett, Director of Cosmetic Laser Dermatology at SpaMedica in Toronto, says an increasing number of patients choose the treatment because it is safe and makes them feel good about themselves. “It is painless, there is no down time, it leaves no redness and makes skin look great,” she assures. “People with acne want beautiful skin. Everyone wants beautiful skin. This helps them get it.”

The non-UV ClearLight emits a light source to the skin for sessions up to 15 minutes, penetrating the skin one to two millimeters deep, triggering and destroying chemical substances that cause acne.

After a consultation with Kellett to determine the severity, history and the nature of the acne, and whether or not the treatment will be beneficial, a patient would undergo treatments twice a week for a series of four weeks. In addition to the light treatments, an individual’s program may include different topical treatments, such as Vitamin A, oral antibiotics and/or ultrasonic peels to ensure good looking skin and less noticeable scars.

“There are some people who can’t take medication for whatever reason, so they go straight to the ClearLight treatments,” says Kellett. “It all depends on the person. It is a very individualized program, and close to 95 per cent of my clients are able to receive the treatment.”

After a four-week program of ClearLight, results have been clinically proven to lessen acne three times faster than using controlled oral and topical antibiotics alone. Also, 80 per cent of all patients with mild to moderate acne have proven to show a definite improvement of acne; 60 per cent saw results within a month; and 70 per cent within six weeks.

“The results have been rapid, and that is what people want. Most of the people I see have had acne for years and want something that worked yesterday,” says Kellett. If a patient receives periodic maintenance therapy to control the reoccurrence of acne between treatments, the results are long-lasting. “Acne can’t be cured, but it is controllable and it is important people know that,” says Kellett.

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