If you have facial acne, you’re not alone. Acne is the most common skin disease and affects 80% of all people at some time between ages 11-30 years. It begins from age 10-13 at a time when a child is undergoing puberty. It therefore can have far-reaching psychological consequences as well as result in scarring and permanent disfigurement. When it progresses from more than the occasional pimple or extends into later life we consider it a medical condition. There are many types of acne and so assessment by a Dermatologist ensures the appropriate treatment is prescribed and tailored specifically to your condition. To learn more about acne following the link here.
Here at the London Dermatology Centre we have a range of treatments for acne from topical therapies, tablets to laser and microdermabrasion treatments. Whilst there are many options to help fight acne, these do not work for everyone. You may not want to use certain topical therapies or medications due to the associated side effects. If these treatment methods have not been a success, or are options you have decided not to pursue, Sebacia might be the right option for you.
This pioneering non-invasive treatment has been trialled in the US. Sebacia has recently arrived in the UK after obtaining CE approval.
The Sebacia Acne Treatment is a specialised procedure that has been developed to address difficult facial acne. It utilizes the unique properties of Sebacia Gold Microparticles along with laser therapy to combat acne.
You will require three treatment sessions each roughly a week apart. If you have been accepted into the trail, in your first treatment, the doctor will introduce the Sebacia Microparticles into the pores. The Sebacia Gold Microparticle formation is applied and massaged into your skin allowing the particles to reach the pores and glands that produce oil. Then a medical grade laser is used to heat the gold microparticles. This heat generated in the gold microparticles targets the oil producing glands and clogged pores that are causes of inflammatory acne.
In clinical studies, improvement in the appearance of acne was observed within 2-3 months after the final Sebacia session.
There are several factors which contribute to the development of acne. These relate mainly to the oil producing glands in the face called pilosebaceous glands. These glands produce sebum and are sensitive to the levels of hormones in the blood and can over produce oil. Excess oil and dead skin cells can block the glands causing a build up of oil. This produces blackheads and whiteheads. A blackhead is an open comdeone. This clogged pore is open at the surface of the skin and when exposed to oxygen it darkens and you get the characteristic black dot appearance. A whitehead on the other hand, is a closed comedone. The pore is also clogged, just like a blackhead, but is closed and therefore looks like a small white bump.
The other main cause of acne is the over growth of the bacteria called Propionibacterium acnes (P. acnes). P. acnes lives on everyone’s skin and does not usually cause any problems. However, in people who are prone to acne, the excess oil creates an ideal environment for this bacteria to multiply. The over growth of bacteria leads to inflammation which causes the papules and pustules (the characteristic red and pink acne spots).
The Sebacia Acne Treatment uses a specialised formulation containing gold microparticles, this is called SEB-250. SEB-250 is a topical liquid containing the gold microparticles that is applied and massaged into the skin by your clinician. The procedure delivers SEB-250 into the sebaceous glands.
A hand-held laser is then applied to the skin, heating the Sebacia Gold Microparticles in the sebaceous glands. This targeted heating is designed to affect the sebaceous glands to address the three factors causing acne and improve the appearance of your skin over time. The procedures itself lasts around 30 minutes. Local anaesthetic is not required and you can return to normal activities immediately following the procedure. After the procedure, you will have some minor redness in your skin, but this typically returns to normal within a few hours.
The Sebacia Acne Treatment is a localized treatment that targets three of the underlying causes of acne:
If you are approved for the trial you will only need three procedures each lasting 30-45 minutes with no downtime from school or work.
The treatment may eliminate the need for antibiotics or systemic prescription drugs.
Effects of Sebacia Acne Treatment in SEB-03 European Study:
As with any medical procedure there are possible side effects. Most side effects from the Sebacia Acne Treatment are similar to laser hair removal and are associated with the use of the laser. Side effects can include slight redness and swelling of the treated area, blistering or bruising and hyper or hypopigmentation. Any redness or swelling from the treatment generally disappears within an hour or two of treatment, and the remaining side effects are very rare. The London Dermatology Centre's dermatologists will carry out a full assessment to see whether you are suitable for the Sebacia Acne Treatment before beginning any treatment. Please consult with your medical practitioner to discuss your specific circumstances.
If you have a known allergy to gold, ethanol, diisopropyl adipate, Polysorbate 80, or polyethylene glycol you will not be suitable for the trial.
Please contact us here at the London Dermatology Centre on 0207 467 3720 to book in for a consultation.
Content by Dr Sunil Chopra, Sebacia and Rebecca Perris.