Psoriasis & Eczema

 

Don’t allow debilitating skin conditions to rule your life. Reduce the effects of psoriasis and eczema with IPL Therapy.


Over the past decade, we have treated myriad skin conditions including psoriasis and eczema. Though they are often similar in appearance, each is triggered by different causes and require different treatments. 

So what are the differences?

Psoriasis is an autoimmune disorder which triggers the skin cells to multiply and grow faster than they should. As a consequence, the natural shedding of dead skin cells ceases and begin to build on the surface of the skin, leaving patients with thick, scales [called plaques].

The most common type of psoriasis, red plaques are often found on your elbows, knees, soles of the feet, back of the hands and on the scalp and sufferers are often left with debilitating blisters, itchiness and inflammation. Yet its origins have not been properly identified. Its triggers, however, include frigid temperatures, excess alcohol, other autoimmune diseases including rheumatoid arthritis, thyroid and herpes, infections that impact the immune system, excessive or chronic stress, medications and skin injuries including sunburn or a cut. If left untreated, psoriasis can become chronic, causing a burning sensation to the skin.

Eczema, on the other hand, is caused by any number of environmental elements, allergens including pollen, genetics and exposure to harmful bacteria. An itchy, red rash typically appears on the arms and behind the knees, but can also appear anywhere on the body including your hands and face.

As with psoriasis, the immediate treatment of eczema is critical with the topical ointments prescribed by your GP.

How can I treat Psoriasis and Eczema?

While there is no known cure for psoriasis or eczema, patients can reduce and prevent future flare-ups with regular IPL treatments.

How does IPL Therapy work?

Intense Pulse Light [IPL] therapy is a non-invasive photodynamic light technology that uses high-intensity pulses of visible light to treat photo-ageing and dermatological conditions on all areas of the body. By creating targeted wounds, the process prompts the skin to heal and create new cells.

What do the treatments involve?

Our senior dermal therapist, Michele Hetherington will establish the recommended amount of light to treat either skin condition. Throughout the procedure, you may experience a warm sensation in a way like a rubber band snapping against your skin. The pulses of light, however, are relatively short, resulting in minimal discomfort.

How Effective is IPL Therapy?

Advanced IPL technology is effective in the treatment of mild to moderate psoriasis and eczema, with the results lasting anywhere for up to a year. It is important to note that full-body flare-ups are more difficult to treat if the patient is sensitive to sunlight, and has a history of skin cancer or prolonged use of medication.

Dr Chang will first assess the condition of your psoriasis or eczema before Michele will commence with the treatment.

Using three sessions will be required, subject to the condition. The end results from each session will provide patients with clearer skin and greater confidence. After the required sessions have been completed, follow-up treatments should take place every 12 months.

Please phone 97446755 for an appointment.

Our MediSpa also offers a complete range of medical-grade skincare from Biopelle Tensage, Medik 8 and the powerhouse, Dermaceutic K Ceutic post-recovery cream, which is used to soothe, repair, reduce redness and hydrate the skin following an IPL treatment.

Individual results may vary