Model Amy Pejkovic Reveals Struggle With Acne — and the Light Treatment That Cleared It Up
Aesthetics Hub | 22 Mar 2018
Australian model and athlete Amy Pejkovic is sharing a new kind of acne treatment that completely cured her breakouts.
When it comes to chronic skin conditions (say, eczema or psoriasis), acne can seem like NBD in comparison. But science says it has serious mental health effects.
"My acne has had a significant effect on my self-confidence, including feeling embarrassed and, at times, paranoid and depressed," Pejkovic said, according to the Daily Mail. "I avoided being in public places without make-up and felt uncomfortable even in front of my closest friends and family."
As anyone who has ever struggled with acne knows, the skin condition can root deep into your confidence, as constantly worrying about your skin can contribute to serious social anxiety. "As a model, your skin is a huge part of your job, which meant there was even more pressure for me to have flawless skin," Pejkovic said.
The model is now an ambassador for Kleresca Acne Treatment, a new kind of light therapy, which she said totally cleared up her skin. Kleresca uses biophotoic technology to treat skin, according to the company's website. Using pulsing fluorescent light to stimulate skin cells, the treatment promises to kill acne-causing bacteria, reduce inflammation and boost collagen production, which can help clear up existing acne scars.
Light therapy as a means of treating acne isn't exactly new in dermatology. Popular light treatments, including those Stormtrooper-esque masks all over Instagram, use LED lights to kill off acne-causing bacteria. "Blue light excites chemicals within acne-causing bacteria to the point of death," Brian Zelickson, a Minneapolis dermatologist, previously told Allure.
The difference with Kleresca is the use of a special gel that's first applied to the skin. The gel contains chromophores, which "convert the light waves from the lamp into a fluorescent light energy that stimulates the skin's own repair mechanisms," the company states. The result is a spectrum of light waves that can penetrate the skin and different levels (unlike blue light, which only reaches one). It's like photosynthesis for your face.
The treatment only takes nine minutes. After the gel is applied to the skin, you essentially sit under a warm lamp while the fluorescent light waves work their magic. "The Kleresca Acne Treatment was a great option for me as it is not absorbed into the skin and has little to no downtime, meaning I didn't have to worry about the effects it might have on my body and overall health," Pejkovic said.
Kleresca recommends twice-weekly treatments for six weeks. At $200 per session, the treatment isn't exactly cheap. For a more wallet-friendly version of light therapy, which, we admit, may not be as effective, check out the Neutrogena Light Therapy Acne Mask for $35.
The article first appeared on Allure.