Treating Acne with Lasers: Is It For You?

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All acne treatments aren’t created equal. And all treatments designed to get rid of acne scars or reduce future acne breakouts don’t work the same for everyone. If fade creams and over-the-counter acne treatments aren’t doing enough to help control your acne breakouts and scars, maybe it’s time you consider laser acne treatment.

How Laser Acne Treatment Works

Lasers are basically high-intensity beams of light that can be used to target certain substances beneath the skin’s surface. When used for treating acne, lasers have a multi-action effect on both the substances that cause acne breakouts – excess oil and bacteria – and the scars remaining from previous breakouts. Pulsed light lasers can be used to target and destroy the bacteria on and underneath the skin that is responsible for acne. These treatments also help to shrink sebaceous glands, which decreases oil production in the skin. For clearing up old acne scars, a different type of laser is used to reduce hyperpigmentation and activate the production of collagen which will help smooth out any dimpling or pitting that remains.

Results and Side Effects Of Laser Acne Treatment

Most patients undergoing laser treatments for acne won’t experience any pain, however there may be a minimal amount of discomfort during the procedure. A numbing cream can be applied to the treated area in advance to help minimize the pain.

Immediately after laser treatment, your skin will likely have some redness. In most cases, the redness will begin to fade in a few hours. Depending on the type of laser used in your treatment, you may have a sunburned appearance that lasts for a couple of days, followed by light peeling. Patients with very dark or brown skin may experience scarring or loss of pigmentation after laser treatment, so it’s advisable to have a thorough consultation prior to the procedure to assess your risk of these side effects.

Results vary for each patient, but in most cases, you will notice improvement after 2 to 3 laser sessions. Depending on the severity of your acne, you may need up to 6 treatments to achieve the final results you’re looking for.

Laser Acne Treatment Vs. Other Acne Treatments

Chemical peels and microdermabrasion are two other treatments that have been used to treat acne. Each of these treatments uses a different method to strip away fine layers of skin in order to reveal a smoother appearance. During a chemical peel, an acidic solution is used to peel away rough or damaged outer layers of the skin. The acid solution may also help dry out any active acne and dissolve excess oil or clogs in your pores.With microdermabrasion, a controlled spray of fine crystals is passed over the skin. The crystals exfoliate the skin’s surface, and a suction device is used to remove dead and damaged skin cells along with any accumulated oil and debris that can cause breakouts.

Both chemical peels and microdermabrasion are designed to focus more on reducing the appearance of acne scars versus preventing or controlling future acne breakouts. In most cases, both of these treatments are used in conjunction with other topical acne treatments. The removal of the surface layers of the skin helps the topical acne treatments penetrate more deeply beneath the skin’s surface where they can be more effective. Lasers, on the other hand, can be used to treat both acne scars and active breakouts.

If you’re tired of seeing little to no results from traditional acne treatments, laser acne treatment may be the solution you’ve been waiting for. Schedule your laser acne treatment at Cadiz Laser Spa in Austin today!

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