Alternative Treatment for Acne
Those who do not respond to traditional acne therapies, often find that laser treatments can be an effective approach to treating and controlling the condition.
Most laser or light-based therapies reach the deeper layers of skin without harming the skin’s surface. Some laser systems are thought to damage the oil (sebaceous) glands, causing them to produce less oil. Other laser and light therapies target the bacteria that cause acne. These therapies can also improve skin texture and improve the appearance of scars, so they may be good treatment choices for people with both active acne and acne scars.
There are various types of laser and light therapies for treating acne:
Pulsed light and heat energy therapy. When used together, pulsed light and heat energy is thought to destroy the acne bacteria and shrink sebaceous (oil) glands, which decreases the production of oil. Side effects of this therapy include temporary redness in the treated areas.
Blue light therapy. Exposing the skin to a low-intensity blue light source is believed to destroy the bacteria that cause acne. Blue light therapy is a painless procedure that is generally done in a series of sessions. Side effects of blue light therapy can include temporary redness and dryness in the treated areas.
Diode laser therapy. Diode lasers can destroy sebaceous (oil) glands in the middle layer of skin (the dermis), without damaging the outer layer of skin (the epidermis). Diode laser treatment may be painful, but the pain can be controlled with a numbing cream applied to the area before treatment. Side effects of diode laser therapy include temporary redness and swelling of the treated areas.
Photodynamic therapy. This therapy combines topical medications and light-based therapies. During treatment, a medication, called a photosensitizing agent, is applied to your skin to enhance the effects of light therapy. This is followed by some type of light therapy. Side effects are redness and swelling and treatment could result in scabbing and acne flare-ups.
Photopneumatic therapy. This therapy uses vacuum suction to remove the oil and dead skin cells from within the sebaceous (oil) glands. The targeted area is treated with blue and red light therapy to destroy the acne bacteria and reduce inflammation.
YOU SHOULD KNOW….
Because the bacteria that causes acne multiplies rapidly, a series of treatments, or even ongoing treatment, is necessary for best results, making laser and light therapy for acne an expensive proposition.
One solution is to get an initial laser treatment, or series of laser treatments, then continue to control the acne at home using a high frequency machine. The High Frequency machine not only effectively treats acne by clearing and eliminating pimples when it skills the bacteria underneath the skin, it provides maximum enhancement benefits for skin rejuvenation, skin toning and firming, and improving puffiness and darkness under the eyes, when used along with the appropriate creams and serums.
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