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How Laser Acne Treatment Can Help You Get Flawless Skin?

What is laser acne treatment?

Acne not only troubles teenagers or adolescents but can bring untold misery to adults, too. When acne does break out, getting the pimples to disappear is just one of our headaches; our other, and perhaps greater fear, is the scars that these pimples might leave behind. While there is an entire world of medication and topical solutions that we can choose from, laser treatment is a proven and effective method for removal of acne as well as scars resulting from acne using light energy to kill bacteria, destroy acne cells, decrease skin oil secretion and improve healing.

How does acne form and why does it leave behind scars?

Acne may include pimples, zits, blackheads, whiteheads, acne cysts and acne nodules.

The pores of our skin often get clogged up with oil, dirt and dead skins cells which trap bacteria inside and lead to inflammation. This inflammation manifests itself as acne. When a pimple does burst, it secretes gunk which actually contains the same bacteria that caused the pimple to form; this bacteria then spreads to other skin pores, causing the acne breakout to spread.

When a pimple or zit bursts, the skin tries to repair the damage caused by producing more collagen which impacts the smooth texture of the skin, leaving behind indentations and depressions which appear as scars.

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How does laser treat acne?

Laser treatment uses laser beams targeted at the bacteria which caused acne breakouts. The laser is known to destroy most of the acne causing bacteria, which not just cures the acne but also mitigates the risk of acne breaking out in the near future. This process is known as Intense Pulse Light therapy (IPL).

The treatment is also known to shrink the sebaceous glands (oil glands in the skin), thus minimizing the secretion of excess sebum. This helps ensure that the pores do not get clogged as often, thereby reducing the risk of future acne breakouts.

The laser treatment also helps in fading out the scars left behind by past acne breakouts.

Types of lasers and lights used to treat acne

Laser seems to be a promising solution for the treatment of not just the acne itself but also in the removal of scars that they may leave behind. However not everyone with acne is a good candidate for this sort of laser treatment and only a dermatologist can determine this through an examination of your skin.

However not all types of lasers can treat every type of acne. Let’s have a look at the different types of laser that may be used for treating of acne.

  • Blue, red, blue + red: The wavelength of laser makes the light visible and can effectively cure pimples but they have not proven effective for removal of blackheads, whiteheads, acne cysts or nodules.
  • Infrared light: This light effectively removes pimples, including the ones that develop on the back. However, these too are unable to treat blackheads, whiteheads, nodules and cysts.
  • Photodynamic Therapy: This has proven to be an effective cure for acne as well as acne scars and is particularly beneficial for severe forms of acne which have not responded to topical or oral medications.

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This treatment begins with the application of a photosensitive solution on acne-prone or acne-affected skin that tends to make the skin sensitive to light. The dermatologist then proceeds by focusing a blue, red or intense pulsed light (IPL) source on this treated area of skin to destroy acne cells as well as kill bacteria.

  • Photopneumatic Therapy: This effectively treats whiteheads, blackheads, pimples but is unable to treat acne cysts or nodules. This treatment makes use of a gentle vacuumin device along with intense pulsed light (IPL) to gently suck out excess oil, and dead skin cells from clogged pores.

Things to remember before undergoing laser acne treatment

  • Laser acne treatment may be effective in clearing out most of the acne but won’t deliver 100% improvement. You need to combine this with other conventional treatments such as ingesting certain medicines or applying topical solutions along with the laser treatment, as per dermatologist specifications.
  • The results are very precise and the difference between the treated and non-treated area becomes very evident.
  • Laser acne treatment is not cheap. It can cost up to $1000.
  • Results vary from one person to another. This is because everybody has a different skin type and this react differently to different forms of light-based treatment.
  • You will need to undergo multiple sessions in order to notice visible changes. The sessions may be spaced out at intervals of up to several months. After having undergone few sessions, you will notice reduced scarring and a noticeable improvement in your complexion.
  • In order to get the best results, it is important to follow the pre and post treatment instructions given by the dermatologist.

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Side effects of laser acne treatment

Redness and swelling are among the most common side-effects after undergoing the laser acne removal. Other side effects may include blisters and a burning or stinging feeling. However, none of these last long and typically disappear in a matter of few hours, or at the most, in a day or two.

Changes in skin color or uneven pigmentation are rare but possible side-effects.

Follow these instructions to prevent acne scarring

  • Although exposure to sun is vital for Vitamin D synthesis, too much of it can harm the skin and make your acne worse due to excess sweating and oil secretion. Always ensure that you have applied sunscreen before stepping out in the sun and avoid exposure to the sun, when it is at its strongest. However, if you have oily skin, ensure that you apply an appropriately suited sun screen since sun screen can sometimes exacerbate clogging up of the skin pores, thereby making your acne worse.
  • It is important to avoid exposure to sun after having gone through the photodynamic therapy for at least 48 hours to avoid irritating the skin.
  • The most important thing to keep in mind to avoid acne scarring is to avoid picking on the skin and bursting the whiteheads. They can do much damage to the skin because burst acne can cause increased inflammation and loss of collagen, making it difficult to heal the skin. Also, when a whitehead is popped, the gunk, which is infected with bacteria spreads deeper causing scarring and prolonging the acne breakout.
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