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Acne help is spot on; Ireland AM star Sinead Desmond lifts the lid on her battle against a litany of skin woes.

Byline: Demelza de Burca

SHE is the pretty face that wakes up the nation every morning but it wasn't always the case for Ireland AM star Sinead Desmond who suffered with bad skin. To look at her flawless features now you would never guessed the petite brunette ever had a blemish.

Sitting confidently on the couch beside co-anchor Mark Cagney the 36-year-old has that polished, radiant glow that famous people and those with hefty bank accounts exude.

But when Sinead landed her big breakfast TV break, the 4am starts, heavy makeup and searing lights played havoc with her acne-prone skin.

"I tried everything but nothing worked and my skin got worse," the presenter told the Irish Daily Mirror. "Marissa [Carter] from Carter Beauty was doing a piece on the show about this new revolutionary LED light therapy treatment for acne and I tried it out.

"And I've never had a problem since. I lie under the blue and red light mixture light twice a week for 30 minutes and my skin has never looked better. Alongside keeping the acne at bay the red light rejuvenates the skin and prevents premature ageing and keeps the wrinkles away too."

Sinead isn't alone in the battle with spots and as many as one in 20 adults have persistent acne, which can prove stubbornly resistant to both overthe-counter creams and washes and antibiotics. Some acne does clear up significantly when exposed to UV light but this is unsuitable as a longterm remedy because of the increased risk of skin cancer.

Skin and make-up guru Marissa revealed: "The LED light therapy works by killing the bacteria, stimulating new cell growth to prevent scarring, reducing red marks and scars and it also stimulates the lymphatic system to brighten the tone of the skin. AHA peels or enzyme therapy is often performed in conjunction LED light therapy to compliment the treatments. Exfoliation treatments are an excellent combination and can accelerate the desired result."

Having suffered with acne Marissa has first-hand experience of the condition and a passion for treating it.

She said the first step towards acne resolution is a consultation with a professional. A typical acne consultation costs EUR50 and consists of a thorough skin analysis where the severity of your acne is assessed.

A professional treatment plan and home care regime is devised while any questions you have will also be answered.

Marissa also believes resolution takes time and what works for one person may not work for another.

She said: "I don't believe in treatments that promise 'fast', 'miraculous' or 'overnight' results but with treatments that are tailored for the individual and the correct use of home care products results can be achieved."


Here Marissa gives the Irish Daily Mirror the low down on what the LED light therapy treatment is.

It offers effective, non-invasive and painfree treatment for moderate acne vulgaris, a condition affecting millions of adults, teens and children.

The L.ED light is not a laser. It emits safe, cool, visible blue light to provide an effective solution for acne removal and it works with all skin types (I-VI) even with a sun tan.

What happens during a treatment? With LED light therapy, a typical treatment session requires approximately 30 minutes. Clients lie on a bed while the therapeutic light is applied. Sometimes there is a slight warming sensation.

Treatments are described as easy, even relaxing, but most importantly, safe and painless.

What are the features of LED light therapy? New paradigm for acne treatment, high-intensity, narrow spectrum blue-violet light destroys P. acnes bacteria Short treatment regimen: 8-10 treatments over 4-5 weeks to achieve impressive results. No side effects, no pain, no downtime.

How many treatments are required? The therapist develops treatment plans based on individual clients needs. Typically, LED light therapies are given twice a week for six weeks. It is important to keep treatment appointments recommended by the therapist in order to see maximum results.

For optimum results, a maintenance treatment session once a month is recommended after completion of the initial series.

How effective is LED light therapy? The system effectively clears 70-90% of moderate, inflammatory acne in four weeks. Results are especially impressive when compared with conventional treatments, such as topical creams and oral antibiotics.

Will skin be blemish-free at the end of the treatments? Though the inflammation will be gone for a majority of patients, some may experience residual redness where the inflamed blemish was located. This will dissipate.

Are the results permanent? Treatments usually help control acne breakouts for four to eight months. After that, occasional touchups may be necessary.

Is it safe and are there any side effects? It is one of the safest acne treatments available.

The system's blue-violet light penetrates just deep enough into the tissue to reach the acne target without adversely affecting surrounding skin. LED light therapy has no known side effects. Do clients need to prepare their skin before coming in for a BLU-U' treatment?

Yes. The affected area should be washed with a mild acne cleanser, then rinsed with water and dried. Women should remove make-up before treatment and should only wear oil-free make-up between appointments. Make-up can be re-applied immediately after a treatment session.

What type of skincare is needed between treatments? Clients should consult with their therapist regarding the daily use of a nonirritating, anti-acne cleanser and treatment lotions. Patients should avoid touching or picking blemishes at all times.

Is there any downtime after a treatment? Once the session is over, clients can immediately return to their daily routine. This means no downtime or inconvenience, especially important factors for active teens and young adults What do the different lights do? Blue waveband at 470nm controls the proliferation of the p-acne bacteria, attacks and kills P-acne bacterial cells and inhibits the growth and spread of acne.

Yellow light at 590nm improves lymphatic functions and reduces capillary bed congestion that may cause erythrosis or erythema. It activates toxin elimination through the lymphatic circulation and may leave an invigorating and warming sensation.

The yellow light will always be part of any light therapy treatment program. Its anti-inflammatory properties will stimulate healing and reduce irritation in cases of acne and rosacea.

The decongestive properties will reduce redness in cases of couperose and erythema. Stimulating the lymphatic system will also bring about a better tone to the complexion and help eliminate toxins.

Red light at 640nm stimulates formation of collagen in the dermis. NASA research shows a five-fold increase in the dermal collagen following absorption of red light spectrum. It increases skin's elasticity and firmness and stimulates development of new capillary vessels, improving skin nourishing micro circulation functions. It stimulates cellular mitosis, thus acting on the body's natural regenerative process.

How much does it cost? Light therapy treatments usually cost EUR150 per session but Carter Beauty are currently running a promotion where you can purchase a course of 12 sessons for EUR360. While the company specialises in acne treatments they have also developed a strong reputation for excellent value-for-money pamper packages.

They include therapies such as hot stone massage, Indian head massage, aromatherapy facials, pedicures; hydrating body wraps and similar luxurious treats.

For more information contact Marissa Carter at Carter Beauty, 40 Main St, Blackrock, Co Dublin. Or call her on 01-2103624.


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Date:Nov 25, 2010
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