Face the Future
The medical skincare specialists who conceptualised and developed allmedic are constantly striving for the best treatments and technologies to help repair and protect the skin. But developing new products takes both time and investment.
For the last five years, Dr Bill Anseline has been working with the allmedic scientific research team and a team of skin cancer specialists and dermatologists to develop what he believes is a revolutionary LED machine for cosmetic lightbased therapies. The new device offers improved versatility and a larger treatment head than was previously available.
‘The new LED machine has been designed out of necessity and improves the efficiency, effectiveness and ergonomics of light-based cosmetic therapy whilst also improving patient satisfaction and compliance,’ says Dr Anseline.
For those suffering stubborn acne, sun-damaged skin, rosacea, pigmentation or wrinkles, LED technology and Photodynamic Therapy (PDT) can help improve the texture, luminosity, firmness and appearance of the skin.
During a typical PDT treatment, a naturally occurring lotion or cream called 5-ALA or m-ALA is applied to the affected area. This might be a small region such as the face or scalp, or a larger region such as the back, legs or arms.
‘When applied to the skin, 5-ALA or m-ALA is absorbed into abnormal or damaged cells, such as those skin cells affected by acne and sun damage,’ explains Dr Anseline.
Once absorbed, a light source is focused on the treatment area for a period of time. ‘When exposed to a certain light wavelength, the abnormal or damaged skin cells are replaced to reveal new, fresh skin cells,’ he says.
ALLMEDIC IS CONSTANTLY RESEARCHING NEW WAYS TO HELP TREAT, PROTECT AND MAINTAIN THE HEALTH OF THE SKIN SAYS Dr Bill Anseline. LIzzY WOOD REPORTS. skin Face the Future Whilst PDT can be very effective, according to Dr Anseline both patients and doctors had become frustrated by the limitations of the smaller treatment heads on the LED machines currently available, as well as by the time it takes to treat larger areas of the body with these machines.
‘If the patient has acne or solar damage on their legs, arms or back, using an LED machine with a small treatment head becomes problematic,’ he says. ‘Using one with a larger treatment head not only makes it easier for the operator to target the treatment area, it also minimises the treatment time for both the patient and staff.’
Traditionally, patients would have to wait for between five and 12 hours between the application of the photosensitiser and exposure to the light source. ‘With the new cosmetic LED machine, the downtime between incubation and illumination is cut down to between one and three hours, further reducing any inconvenience for the patient,’ says Dr Anseline.
Based in Queensland, Dr Anseline has worked with the allmedic scientific research team and a team of skin cancer specialists and dermatologists to develop the new purpose-built cosmetic LED machine.
"Protecting the skin from the damaging effects of the sun is essential"
‘After PDT, it is essential the new, healthy skin cells are protected from the damaging effects of the sun,’ says Dr Anseline.’You should use a sunscreen with a sun protection factor (SPF) of at least 30. The problem for many people, however, is that – often – the higher the SPF, the thicker the lotion.’
According to Dr Anseline, this means people become non-compliant and don’t apply as much sunscreen as they should. ‘The challenge is to develop a sunscreen which the skin will absorb without leaving a thick residue.’ allmedic has developed a Daily Moisturiser with an SPF 30+. ‘It is rich in antioxidants and sits on the skin’s stratum corneum, blocking the harmful UVA and UVB rays from the sun,’ says Dr Anseline.
‘It has a pleasant feel and appearance on the skin and is suitable for sensitive skin. It has been designed to be used with other allmedic products,’ he adds.
Whilst 80 per cent of accumulated sun damage is already inflicted on the skin by the age of 18, Dr Anseline believes it’s never too late to repair and protect the skin. ‘At allmedic, we are at the cutting edge of world skin technology based on clinical experience. By working with national and international skin experts we are constantly improving the way in which we deliver skin health products and treatments to our patients,’ he concludes. csbm