Theraclear ® Acne Treatment

Dr. David Jack is one of the first doctors in the UK to offer TheraClear® Acne Therapy at his clinic in Harley Street, London. TheraClear® is a light based acne treatment powered by an advanced vacuum and filtered IPL (intense pulsed light.   TheraClear® is FDA-cleared in the United Stages to treat mild to moderate inflammatory acne (Acne Vulgaris), comedonal acne, and pustular acne and is an extremely popular treatment, now available in the UK.

 

What Causes Acne?

There are four main factors that cause acne:

  1. Clogged pores
  2. Oil production
  3. Bacteria – P. Acne
  4. Dead skin cells

All four factors that cause Acne start with blocked hair follicles.  Acne is a consequence of our skin producing too much sebum. The excess sebum mixes with the dead skin cells that we all shed every day, and both substances together form a ‘plug’ in the hair follicle. This plug can result in the ‘whiteheads’ and ‘blackheads’ that can become the bane of our lives.  Sometimes, the harmless bacteria that lives on our skin can contaminate and infect the ‘plugged’ hair follicles causing the pustules and cysts which we associate with acne.

How does TheraClear® work in acne skin?

TheraClear® works by reduces the number of blackheads in the affected area via strong suction of the blocked pores with a special vacuum. The TheraClear® machine then delivers a blue light IPL treatment which targets and destroys the bacteria associated with acne, as well as targeting the sebaceous gland and preventing further excess production of sebum.  Dr. David Jack also uses TheraClear® in cystic acne with large cysts – TheraClear® has an applicator with a needle which can puncture acne cysts and extract the debris within the cyst, providing immediate relief.

How many treatments are required?

Usually 6-8 treatments are required, spaced 7-10 days apart.

Is it painful and is there any downtime?

No – TheraClear® is one of the most comfortable light based treatments for acne available.  Downtime is very minimal, with a very tiny risk of some redness after the treatment.

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