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Old 01-28-2003, 01:34 PM   #1
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hi i live in the UK and the BBC news (british broadcasting corporation) gave air time to an article on a highly effective new acne treatment today. The BBC news only report on valid big stories, which is what makes this story different from all of the time wasting revelations which come out of the acne treatment world. The BBC calls it the "biggest breakthrough in 30 years). This is an extract of the article. "A device designed to treat acne has met with great success during NHS trials, delighting the scientific team behind the project.
The NLite laser, pioneered at the University of Wales, Swansea, produced significant improvements among a group of volunteer patients.

This really is the first major advance in acne treatment in 30 years

Dr Tony Chu, consultant dermatologist

A five-minute session with the NLite produced a 50% improvement among a number of the 41 people taking part.

Professor Tony Chu, who ran the trials at the London Hammersmith Hospital, said he was "stunned" that 10 of the patients were completely cured of acne.

The consultant dermatologist said he had gone from being a sceptic to a convert of such devices following the results.

"This really is the first major advance in acne treatment in 30 years."

The NLite is currently being used at 25 private clinics in the UK but the NHS trial is a significant step forward.

The study took place at Hammersmith Hospital

The Hammersmith Hospital had previously been involved in studying the use of UV light against acne, but found it was not appropriate for long-term treatment.

The NLite is set to become a success story for manufacturers ICN Photonics, based at Llanelli, south Wales, who are a subsidiary of a multi-national company.

Dr Chu said a facial treatment - costing 300 - worked by heating up small blood vessels to encourage natural collagen development.

The male and female volunteers taking part had all failed to respond to regular treatments.

Treatment course

Each received one treatment using the NLite and they were monitored for three months.

The results showed 81% had undergone a significant improvement and in 58% of tests, the acne present had been reduced by 50%.

Private clinics offer a course of treatment of up to three sessions.

The NLite has also been marketed in the United States for wrinkle treatment."

to find out more visit the BBC website and do a search for acne within the news section. i hope this helps some people, and if not at least give some hope that there IS a cure out there.

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Old 01-28-2003, 02:42 PM   #2
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Another way to look at it is that only about 25% are
cured and most of the rest have only minor improvement.

That's a lot of money for not much chance.

But isn't that how it usually goes?!

Old 01-30-2003, 12:30 AM   #3
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I just got this treatment done in the U.S. and was wondering how long it took for the patients in the UK to see the results. I've been in twice, 3 weeks since the first and am seeing some improvements already. Thanks.

Old 01-30-2003, 12:54 AM   #4
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did your skin feel any different after the treatment? any negatives or possible negatives?

Old 01-30-2003, 11:31 AM   #5
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The procedure is somewhat painful. My skin felt a little irritated and was a bit red. I bruised a litte. Supposedly there is no real side effects. Been on everything including accutane 3 times, praying that this is going to be the cure.

Old 01-30-2003, 01:04 PM   #6
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Can you please keep us updated with your progress - good or bad?
It's always much more meaningful to to hear about the merits (or otherwise) of particular treatments from people who have actually had them, rather than bare statistics from a trial.
Having said that, Dr. Chu is a highly respected dermatologist in the UK and as far as I know he is independent and has no connection with the company that developed the NLite process. This makes his high praise for the results even more noteworthy and exciting, so hopefully there is something in this treatment.

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