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Laser to treat acne

August 20, 2012 by  
Filed under Treatment

The technological advances in recent years resulted in a whole new way to treat acne: the laser.  When OTC products, prescription treatments, or medications taken orally all failed, or if acne left indelible scars on the skin, then the laser treatment is a serious option to consider. Studies are still being conducted on the treatment of acne by use of laser but the results to date are very promising.  Besides laser, pulsed light treatments, and chemical exfoliation (peeling) have also been successfully used to treat acne scars.

The treatment of acne by laser is attractive; no messy creams, no drugs to take, and the risk of side effects is minimal.   The effectiveness of laser to repair acne scars has already been proven, but laser technology appears promising to treat active inflammatory acne as well. More research is needed before laser therapy can be recommended as an acne treatment but the results to date seem conclusive. Light therapy and laser treatment can greatly improve the appearance of the skin that sustained acne outbursts.

The use of laser to treat inflammatory acne is somewhat different from that used to treat acne scars. The devices used to treat inflammatory acne are of the same type as those used for hair removal and the elimination varicose veins: the technology pulsed light.  The laser is often used in the field of aesthetic for depilation, resurfacing and skin rejuvenation, removal of birthmarks. But the use of laser also helps to treat inflammation and eliminate pigmented lesions. Laser resurfacing is mainly used to treat deep scars caused by acne. Collagen fibers tightened so the skin texture is significantly improved. Laser however, is an expensive treatment and not always covered by insurance. It is therefore better to check the financial factor before starting treatment.

Different types of laser can be used to treat acne; the carbon dioxide laser and non-abrasive laser. The carbon dioxide laser is known to produce high levels of pigmentation during treatment.   The process usually involves the application of an analgesic cream on the area to be treated, to numb the skin and provide a pain free treatment.  If not then the patient may feel a slight pinch when the laser is activated, but the procedure is still bearable. For the deeper scars, red scars, stretch marks, and thick tissues, the V-Beam laser will be more appropriate while the Er: YAG laser will be used to sculpt the edge of individual scar edges and treat scars resulting from mild acne.

Even if acne treatments by laser give very good results, acne is not a problem that can be cured forever. Acne is a skin disease that will return when conditions are met, ((hormonal disorder, overproduction of sebum, exposure to chemicals).  So following treatment it is important to stay alert and observe strict rules of skin hygiene.  If necessary, the simple use of OTC products can help keep acne away.

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