Tired of trying all the possible treatments for acne? At Dr. Divya Sharma’s Skin and Hair Solutions, we have one the latest methods of treating acne namely Light Based Therapy.

A strong advocate of minimal usage of antibiotics in treating acne, Dr. Divya Sharma has brought this revolutionary Blue Light treatment to help acne patients get faster and effective treatment for their concerns. The therapy is a US FDA approved procedure to treat acne.

So What Is Light Based Therapy?

Acne, as we all know, is a chronic inflammatory disorder. Previously clinical observations had shown that natural sunlight does help improve acne. Taking help from these observations. Light based Therapy was formulated . It was observed that this therapy helps reduce Propionibacterium acnes level which is the bacterium that causes acne.

Here is how it happens:
– Light is first absorbed by  Porphyrins which are produced naturally within sebaceous follicles by   Propionibacterium acnes. It has been observed that Porphyrins absorb light within the blue light spectrum most effectively.
– The light absorption leads to photo excitation of porphyrins which then releases singlet oxygen and reactive free radicals to destroy the effects of Propionibacterium acnes.
(Source: NCBI)
What Is The Procedure Like?

At our clinic, depending on the severity of your acne, Dr. Divya decides the number of sittings of the therapy your concern would require. The procedure usually lasts for 4 weeks but visible results are seen in just 2 weeks. Here are the steps that are followed at our clinic:

1. Examination of the patient’s acne by Dr. Divya Sharma
2. During the session, the acne region is cleaned thoroughly
3. Patient is provided with protective gear to protect the eye
4. Blue Light Therapy is used to treat the acne

During the entire treatment duration, you will be given specific guidelines by Dr. Divya to follow in between sessions. You may also have to come for follow up sessions to maintain the results of the procedure.

How Is It Different From Conventional Methods Of Acne Treatments Which Include Topical And Oral Medication?

Unlike conventional methods of treatment like topical and oral medication which come with their own drawbacks like antibiotic resistance and lack of proper results, Light Based Therapy is side-effect free and result driven.

What Are The Advantages Of Light Based Therapy?

Light based therapy offers umpteen benefits to patients suffering from acne Here a few:

  • It is an non-invasive procedure
  • It is a painless method of treating acne
  • It does not involve intake of any drugs
  • It can be used on all areas of the body
  • It has no adverse effects
  • It shows effective results compared to conventional methods
  • It shows faster results
  • There is no downtime for the procedure
  • It can be combined with other acne therapies as well.
  • Unlike other therapies, one need not avoid sun or going outside after the procedure is conducted.

This treatment is one of the most preferred acne treatments at our clinic which has helped many acne patients to get rid of moderate to chronic acne.

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Frequently asked questions

We now have an FAQ list that we hope will help you answer some of the more common ones.

1. What is a chemical peel?

In this procedure, an agent is applied to the skin which causes exfoliation of the skin and gives a regenerated surface that looks younger and better.

2. Can we do chemical peels at home?

They should not be attempted at home and should be done by a qualified Dermatologist only.

3. What are the uses of chemical peels?

The chemical peel can be used for pre-party glow, superficial lines and wrinkles, active pimples and scarring to even tough to treat conditions like stretch marks. Depending on the type, most of the common skin concerns can be addressed with chemical peels.

4. Are chemical peels safe to use?

Chemical peels are safest to use if the choice of patient and the peel match with each other. A darker skin type like most of our Indian skin tones would be more suited for superficial to very superficial chemical peels while a Caucasian skin would require medium to deep peels for better results. An experienced clinician can examine and decide the safest peel and is the best person to perform a chemical peel procedure.

5. What are the types of chemical peels?

The peels are classified by their depth of penetration. They are of the following types:

  1. Very superficial chemical peels
    • Salicylic acid 20–30%
    • Glycolic acid 50%
    • Jessner’s solution, 1-3 coats
    • Modifiefd Jessner’s solution
    • Mandelic acid 30-40%
    • Triochloroacetic acid 10-20%, 1 coat
  2. Superficial  – Destruction of part or all of the epidermis
    • Glycolic acid 50-70% until redness
    • TCA 20-35%
    • Salicylic acid 30% + TCA 20%
  3. Medium depth chemical peel – involves epidermis and part of dermis
    • Glycolic acid 70% + TCA 35%
    • Jessner’s solution + TCA 35%
  4. Deep Chemical Peels – reaches upto the reticular dermis
    • Baker Gordon’s formula (2.1% croton in 50% phenol)

6. What are the various types of chemical peels?

The peels are of various types-

  • Uperficial peels that go up to stratum corneum e.g. Salicylic acid, Glycolic acid 30- 50%, and Jessner’s solution
  • Superficial light peels- They reach up to basal layer e.g. GA 50 to 70%
  • Medium depth peels- They reach up to dermis e.g. TCA 35- 50%, GA 70%, 88% Phenol
  • Deep peels like Baker Gordon phenol peel
  • Lipohydroxy acid (LHA) A new group of agents which are used to exfoliate and remove dead skin giving skin a smooth, shiny surface.

7. How do we prepare the skin before the chemical peel? Is it necessary?

The skin should be ideally prepared before the procedure to avoid any complication. Also the priming agent enhances the penetration and the effectiveness of the peeling agent. The pigmentary cells are subdued and this prevents any pigmentation. Various agents like hydroquinone, kojic acid, arbutin, and vitamin C can be used for priming the skin before procedure.

8. Are these agents 'chemicals' and harmful?

Most of these agents are naturally derived and purified to get the best ingredient. Generally, most of these peels, especially superficial and very superficial give gentle exfoliation and peeling. It is one of the biggest myths that these chemicals are harmful.

  • Priming of the skin is a must. Dr. Divya Sharma believes in a proper pre-peel regimen to avoid complications related to peeling.
  • The skin should not be tanned prior to treatment.
  • The patient should not have a keloidal tendency.
  • Any drugs causing increased photosensitivity, aspirin or blood thinners should be stopped one week before the procedure.

9. What are the common side effects of chemical peel?

Redness and slight itching sensation is common with superficial peels. A little outbreak of pimples can be commonly seen in the first few days after the peel. Swelling, crusting are common with medium to deep peels only.

10. Who is not a suitable candidate for the procedure?

Patients with a history of keloid, herpes labialis, SLE, photosensitivity, and suntanned skin should avoid doing chemical peels. Any pre-existing infection should be treated prior to a chemical peel procedure.

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