Acne Treatments for Adults and Teens

Acne Treatments for Adults and Teens

We’re pleased to offer a revolutionary new approach for adult and teen acne sufferers.  New research has shown our laser is a safe and effective treatment for acne on the face, chest or back. This FDA approved approach reduces acne by using the body’s own natural defenses.

How does it work?

This FDA-approved approach reduces acne by using the body’s own natural defenses.

Acne Vulgaris (Acne) (Cutaneous Lesion)

Excessive secretion of oils from the sebaceous glands accompanies the plugging of the pores with naturally occurring dead skin cells (corneocytes) blocking hair follicles. Oil secretions are said to build up beneath the blocked pore, providing a perfect environment for the skin bacteria Propionibacterium acnes and the lipophilic (oil/lipid-loving) yeast Malassezia to multiply uncontrollably. In response to the bacterial and yeast populations, the skin inflames, producing the visible lesion. The face, chest, back, shoulders and upper arms are especially affected.

The typical acne lesions are:

  • Comedones – A plugged hair follicle, may be open (blackheads) or nearly closed (whiteheads)
  • Papules – A small, solid and usually conical elevation of the skin. Papules do not contain pus, which distinguishes them from pustules
  • Pustules – Collection of pus that has accumulated in a cavity formed by the tissue on the basis of an infectious process (usually caused by bacteria or parasites) or other foreign materials
  • Nodules – A small aggregation of cells
  • Cystic acne – One of the more severe forms. These are more inflamed and pus-filled or reddish bumps, which can easily lead to scarring or serious infections

What are the benefits?

Laser acne treatments offer a no down-time approach to help clear acne lesions and help reduce the severity of future break-outs.  You can return to work or school immediately after treatment – the only side effect will be slight facial redness.  Laser treatments do not have the side effects seen with oral and topical treatments.  Laser treatments DO NOT induce prolonged dryness, severe redness or mental depression.

When will you see results?

Effects are cumulative.  After the first treatment, you might see improvements.  The number of lesions and severity of break-outs should reduce over the course of treatment and beyond.  Some patients continue to improve two months after their last treatment.

How often can you have it done?

The typical course of treatments is two weeks, two treatments per week.  However, your doctor might recommend a different treatment schedule.

What can you expect immediately after treatment?

Immediately following the procedure you may experience some redness and slight swelling.  The redness and swelling usually dissipate within one to three days.  If necessary, makeup can be applied to the treated area immediately.  It is extremely important to apply a moisturizer with SPF30 sunblock and avoid sun exposure on a daily basis to prevent sun damage.

How long does the treatment take?

This treatment takes approximately 15-30 minutes.

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