The Big Picture
The reason POLY is the perfect treatment option for acne is that it is not only safe and side-effect free, but unlike other treatments, it directly attacks and kills the P. acnes bacteria responsible for the appearance of blemishes and scars.
POLY Clear has the ability to use either blue light alone or a combination therapy of blue and red light which not only destroys the P. acnes bacteria, but assists in the recovery afterwards due to the effects of the post-treatment red light procedure. Even better, POLY works completely on its own, meaning you don’t have to add overhead by bringing in a photosensitizer such as ALA. POLY lets you treat your patients without an insurance hassle, while giving them fast, incredible results.
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What Is Acne?
Acne, or acne vulgaris, is the occurance of pimples, blackheads, and scars on the surface of the skin. The appearance of these blemishes is brought about when the hair follicles become filled with oils and bacteria. Acne most commonly affects teenagers, however, adult onset acne is also very widespread.
While genetics and hormones play a large factor, the major causality of acne is the presence of the P. acnes bacteria. This bacteria is what clogs the follices of the hair increasing the rate of breakouts and scarring. Most treatmentment options for acne involve either the management of oil content in the skin, or the destruction of the P. acnes bacteria.
How Do I Avoid Getting Acne Breakouts?
Acne prevention is a very popular topic, as most cases of teenaged acne can be co-managed with changes in lifestyle. Such changes include:
- Frequent face washing
- Minimal use of make-up
- Fragrance & oil-free hair products
- Excercise daily
- Diet change – avoid chocolates and oil-rich foods.
While lifestyle change does help in the management of acne, it is ultimately best to destroy the P. acnes bacteria entirely. For this reason, most individuals seek the aid of a dermatologist or physician. Below we list a few treatment options that aid in the removal of acne bacteria.
LED Light Therapy
Treating acne using LED light therapy can be done either through the use of blue light or a combination of red and blue light. Blue light targets the first layer of the skin cell to eliminate the P. acnes bacteria while the red light aids in reducing inflammation as a follow up measure.
What makes blue light therapy a clear choice for acne treatments is that it is a pain-free and drug-free procedure that can, in most cases, be used in conjunction with other modalities such as topicals. Treatment times are short and results are usually seen within a few short weeks.
Topicals & Chemical Cleansers
Most topicals and cleansers use a variety of peroxides and acids that destroy bacteria in the outer layer of the skin cells. Typically, these products are sold over the counter in most retails stores and can be a convenient choice for acne treatment in the home.
While these topicals do aid in minimizing acne, they also do less to stop the recurrence of acne. For long term prevention, it is recommended to follow lifestyle guidelines such as the ones listed above. Additionally, using a modality such as LED therapy with a combination of red and blue light will have greater preventative effects due to the inflammation reducing properties of red light.
Photodynamic Therapy (or PDT for short) is the use of phototherapy treatments such as LED therapy alongside what’s known as a photosensitizing agent. These agents heighten the effects of the LED treatment by opening the pores of the skin to better receive the lightwaves.
A popular photosensitzing agent is ALA, or Alpha Liopic Acid. These acidic agents typically add overhead cost to practitioners and require insurance claims to be processed before use. While PDT can increase efficacy for light-based acne treatments, using a combination of red and blue LED light will also yeild quick, positive results without exposing your clients to painful acids.