With so many acne treatments available today, you may be wondering if laser acne treatments can help you. Acne has different types from superficial blackheads and whitehead to cysts deep in the skin. You may have tried topical creams and gels, oral medications and antibiotics but are still not satisfied with the results. If this is the case, laser acne treatments may be your best option.
How Does Acne Form?
At the base of a hair follicle is a gland that produces oil to protect your skin and hair and make it soft. When this gland overproduces oil, which then mixes with dead skin cells and the bacteria that are on your face, an inflammation can form. Blackheads and whiteheads develop on the top layer of skin and generally don’t leave scarring.
Pustules and papules develop on a deeper layer and may also clear up without leaving a scar, but they usually leave some kind of discoloration. Cysts and nodules are in the deeper layers of skin and usually leave scarring. If you squeeze and poke a pimple, you can push the inflammation deeper into the skin, raising the risk of a scar forming.
Can Laser Treatments Help Clear Acne Breakouts?
When you talk to our professional, your acne will be examined and you can ask any questions you have about laser treatment. If you are a good candidate, you may reduce your acne breakouts for months at a time.
Lasers target the porphyrin that is in the bacteria that cause acne. When the porphyrin is activated by the laser light, it destroys the bacteria. This is effective for reducing papules and pustules, and there are other treatments that we can use to reduce more severe lesions such as cysts and nodules that are in the deep layers of skin.
Most people have a combination of different types of acne, which is why multiple treatments may be necessary to achieve the optimum results. We may combine laser treatments with topical or oral medications because it may take time for the effects of the laser treatment to be seen, so other treatments may help in the meantime. It all depends on the unique case.
You may be frustrated with the treatments you have been using to cure your acne, but there is hope in sight. Ask about laser acne treatments when you come in for your consultation here at Orchid Medical Group. Contact us today to book your appointment at our office in Naples, FL!