Acne laser treatment is the fastest way to deal with scars and hyperpigmentation left behind when acne heals. Products for acne are generally topically based. This means that you smooth them over your skin, rub them in, and wash them off once they’ve come in contact with your complexion for a bit.
Acne laser treatment generally uses light to target bacteria, that combined with an excess of sebum, and cause acne breakouts. The process utilizes what’s called Intense Pulse Light Therapy (IPL), which is known as a Photo Facial. This destroys the most common acne-causing bacteria, preventing future breakouts, and helping to eliminate current ones.
While some teenagers are lucky enough to outgrow acne, some are quite unfortunate and are still afflicted by acne even throughout the adult years, which usually occur during the 30s, up to even the 50s.
There are a lot of treatment options available these days. It ranges from over-the-counter to prescription drugs, a few home remedies, new and advanced technologies (laser and light treatments) to even cosmetics procedures. Acne laser treatment has been discovered and developed through the advancement of time and modernization.
Acne Laser Treatment
The primary benefit of laser therapy is that has very precise effects. This as well is its drawback. Acne happens when pores in the skin (fill up with dead skin cells, oil, and bacteria) eventually become inflamed and burst. Being that this happens deep within the skin, all that infected substance spreads among the deeper tissues, resulting in even bigger lesions.
The body then will try to create collagen to try to repair the damage, which ends up changing the smoothness and the texture of your skin. There are basically two types of scars; hypertrophic and atrophic scars.
Acne laser treatment comes in different types of lasers, each working in varying ways, intended to treat certain types of acne. Laser and light treatments are able to reach the deep layers of the skin without causing harm to the outermost surface of the skin, and some lasers work by stimulating porphyrins which are compounds present inside the acne bacteria. When these compounds are stimulated, it leads to the breakage of the bacterial wall which then causes the bacteria to die.
Other acne laser treatment such as Diode lasers work by destroying many sebaceous or oil glands located within the hair follicles in the dermis layer of the skin. This is the layer under the topmost skin layer. Thus, since acne is believed to be caused by an excess in oil or sebum production of the skin, with this treatment targeting the oil glands, it will reduce the production of oil, hence treating acne and prevent breakouts.
Lasers produce intense monochromatic light that is limited to a very a narrow band of wavelengths. This light has no effect on some substances and high-intensity effects on others. Dermatologists use lasers to destroy specific substances at specific depths in the skin.
The process of using a laser to remove blemishes in the skin is known as Photothermolysis, which is the breakdown of selected tissues in the skin.
- Acne Laser treatments remove scars and pigmentation by heating hemoglobin in the blood in capillaries beneath the skin.
- Heating blood vessels deprive upper layers of skin of oxygen and nutrients.so they die off and give new healthy skin a chance to replace them.
- The darker your skin, the less likely laser treatment is to be successful. Also, the more sensitive your skin, the less likely laser treatment is to be successful.
- Laser therapy always requires multiple visits and never gets rid of 100% of scars or pigmentation, and you should make use of a program of regular skin treatments such as Exposed Skin Care to complete the job started by laser therapy, at much lower cost.
Side Effects of Acne Laser Treatment
Acne laser treatment may either be painful or painless, depending on the person being treated. Some claim that they do not experience pain during acne laser treatment, and some claim otherwise. Topical pain medications are usually used during treatments to address pain experienced by a patient.
Redness, inflammation and skin peeling have also been reported, after acne laser treatment. In some cases, permanent scarring is also considered a possibility.
Some researchers have also claimed that the effects of acne laser treatments in improving and treating acne might be temporary and that this type of treatment is not part of the first-line treatment for acne. For now, more studies are still needed to further understand the efficacy of laser treatments in treating acne.
The downside of laser treatments for acne has always been that one treatment is never enough to remove a scar, and certain skin types just do not respond very well to laser treatment.
It is believed that the darker the skin, the more melanin there is to absorb some of the light energy intended for hemoglobin. Also, the skin above the level of the capillaries serving the skin can char and leave an open wound, and when the skin grows back, it may be lighter than surrounding skin. Thus, the darker the skin, the greater the problem with loss of pigmentation after treatment.
Another problem in laser treatment of black and dark brown skin is that darker skin tends to form tough scars known as keloids, which is a disfigurement that may require more treatment than ordinary acne scars. This runs a greater risk of damage to the skin. Reports have it that about 1 in 6 people with black skin and acne will develop keloids that cannot be treated with laser.