Can Laser Treatment Help with Acne?
Adults in their 20s, 30s, 40s, and beyond can continue to battle breakouts despite following complex skincare regimens. Luckily, new applications of laser therapies are powerful, effective tools in helping reduce acne flare-ups to uncover smooth, flawless skin.
How Does Laser Treatment Help with Acne?
Lasers use intense light to heal acne blemishes. The laser destroys these spots, which are then naturally absorbed and eliminated from the body, revealing clear skin. There are several different colored lasers and intense pulsed light (IPL) therapies to treat different kinds of acne. While some colored lasers (usually blue, red, and a combination of blue/red) can treat pimples, they are not effective against blackheads, whiteheads, or acne cysts. IPL is effective against most types of breakouts except cystic acne.
Who Makes a Good Candidate for Acne Laser Treatments?
Your dermatologist will examine your skin to determine if laser treatment is right for you. With many different laser treatments available to treat different skin conditions, many patients can see positive results. The best candidates are those that understand the following conditions:
- You must undergo multiple treatments
- You don’t have overly sensitive skin
- You don’t have deep, cystic acne
- You’re dedicated to following your dermatologist’s post-procedure plan for healing
What Happens During a Laser Treatment Session?
There are several different kinds of laser therapies approved for treating acne. Your dermatologist will help you decide which of the following are most effective for your type of acne:
Photopneumatic Therapy: With this IPL treatment, a white-colored laser breaks up oil and debris in each blemish. Afterward, a gentle vacuum pulls the oil and dead skin cells out of the pores.
Infrared Light: This FDA-approved treatment is effective in removing pimples on the face and back.
Photodynamic Therapy (PDT): This laser treatment is accompanied by applying a solution to the treatment area to make the area more sensitive to the laser for optimal results. This treatment is proving effective for patients with severe acne.
Pixel Laser Resurfacing: This procedure improves the appearance of acne scarring. It’s effective in evening out pigmentation, reducing rough skin texture, reducing enlarged pores, and eliminating fine lines and sun damage.
Most acne laser treatments should be repeated several times for optimal results. Every patient reacts differently to treatment, so your dermatologist will evaluate your progress and advise you on the number of treatments you need. Laser treatments are usually only one part of the arsenal in the fight against acne. Your dermatologist will usually prescribe topical creams and in some cases oral medications to help reduce breakouts.
What Are the Benefits of Acne Laser Treatments?
The biggest benefits of laser therapy for acne is helping to cure breakouts and improving the appearance of scars. Other benefits include:
- Increased collagen production that results in the growth of new, healthy skin
- Fast treatment times of less than 40 minutes
- Positive results for those with mild to severe acne
- Visible results within weeks
- Safe alternative for patients who are allergic to chemical applications
- Minimal discomfort
- Few side effects
- Cost effective versus using expensive prescription medications indefinitely
What Is the Recovery Process?
It’s important to follow your dermatologist’s instructions after your laser treatment for best results. Your post-treatment regimen depends on the kind of laser used and how deep the laser penetrated your skin. Most instructions will include:
- Avoiding sun exposure for a couple of days after treatment
- Applying sunscreen to the treatment area
- Using topical medications
To learn more about the benefits of laser treatment and whether this procedure may be right for you, make an appointment with Sanctuary Medical Center of Boca Raton, FL today. We offer a wide variety of treatments and will help you find one or more to help you achieve your goals.