What Exactly is Acne?

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Most of you will be aware that our products, Lustre Pure Light Classic and Lustre Pro, deliver clinically proven blue light therapy to fight acne – but what exactly is acne?

Acne is a common skin condition and affects 80% of people at some point in their life (1).

For those unaware, it is caused by the body’s immune system creating an inflammatory response to bacteria that lives in the skin called P. acnes, which grow predominantly in sebaceous glands that produce oil called sebum.

As Temple Medical explain, acne most commonly occurs on the face, but may develop on almost any part of the body.

It is characterised by four types of spots; papules, whiteheads, blackheads and pustules.

Many acne treatments help clear acne by cleaning the skin and clearing away excess sebum to help reduce the growth of the bacteria.

Some other treatments such as antibiotics help to kill the bacteria, however these may have side effects (1) and the bacteria can become resistant to them in the long term (2).

Many skin care specialists now recommend reducing the amount of oil in your skin (a treatment known as sloughing) to create an environment to inhibit the growth of P. acnes as well as treatment to kill the bacteria at the same time to help patients achieve better results.

If you are suffering from acne, and have tried everything without success, then visit Our Products page to find out how Lustre can help you get rid of acne. To understand more how Lustre works you can read all about how blue light acne therapy works.

You can also ask our Skincare Experts any questions or issues you have about acne and they’ll get back to you as soon as possible.


References Used On This Page

Ref 1

Phototherapy in the treatment of Acne Vulgaris- What is the role? Charakida et al American Journal of Clinical Dermatology 2004 : 5

Ref 2

Phototherapy with blue (415nm) and red (660 nm) light in the treatment of acne vulgaris. Papageorgiou et al British Journal of Dermatology 2000 : 142

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