How it Works
The goal of laser treatment for acne is to attack the two main causes of acne – excess oil and bacteria trapped in the pores. Acne laser treatment reduces excess oil production by shrinking the sebaceous (oil) glands. The laser penetrates deep inside the skin to heat the sebaceous glands, causing them to shrink and produce less oil. Less Oil = Less Acne. The lasers do this by transmitting pulses of heat at various speeds that travel beneath the skin without damaging the surface of the skin (the epidermis).
Laser therapy also destroys the bacteria that cause acne. This particular bacterium uses the sebum (oil from the sebaceous glands) as a nutrient for growth. When excess oil and bacteria clog deep inside your hair follicles, it produces an inflammatory response from your body that becomes acne. Lasers kill the acne bacteria deep inside your pores with penetrating heat.
Is Acne Laser Therapy Effective?
According to scientific research and studies, the results are mixed, since not all forms of acne respond to laser therapy alone. These studies show that laser therapy seems to work best when treating common pimples (papules and pustules), and stubborn cases of acne. It appears to be less effective on non-inflammatory acne such as blackheads and whiteheads.
Still, many studies show at least some improvement in most cases of acne, specifically stubborn cases. Studies also show that lasers alone usually do not completely clear acne. When used alone, lasers achieve between 37% – 83% clear skin. In fact, studies show that laser treatment works best when used along with other acne remedies such as medicine applied to the skin – and to maintain your results, you may need to use acne medicine after, and between, laser therapy treatments.
There are several different kinds of laser therapy treatments available, each with their own benefits. To find out more about these, read our article on Laser Acne Treatment.
The Bottom Line
Lasers and light therapies offer promise when used in conjunction with topical treatments and can be a viable treatment option for all types of acne, including stubborn cases. Based on promising data and advances in laser and light therapy, this method of treatment may also help to simplify confusing treatment plans and eliminate harsh acne treatments that irritate the skin. Laser treatment may even free us from the possible side effects associated with today’s strongest acne medicines such as Isotretinoin.
On another positive note, laser therapy is an effective treatment for those who have scarring from acne. Read more about treating acne scars by clicking on the articles below.
- Laser Acne Treatment (healthyskinsolutions.com)
- Treating Severe Acne Scars
- Adult Acne – It’s more common than you think (healthyskinsolutions.com)
- Treating Mild to Moderate Acne Scars
- The Basics of Treating Back Acne (healthyskinsolutions.com)