Laser treatment and other light therapies might offer an alternative to those people whose acne hasn't responded to traditional therapies such as topical and oral medications. A main benefit is that the procedure is relatively non-invasive and the laser can be adjusted to target specific areas of the skin. There are also many concerns and debates about the safety of other treatments such as Accutane and the long term effects of long-term antibiotic use. Acne laser therapy only affects the skin, unlike some other therapies which can involve some of the other internal organs and systems.

Lasers can help improve not only the appearance of inflammatory acne but acne scars as well. Whether or not lasers and other light therapies can have a long term effect on the prevention and treatment of acne is still open to debate but there have been many advances in the technology during the past few years. When lasers are used as a treatment for acne, the beam penetrates below the surface of the skin at such a level as not to cause damage to the epidermis, but only to the hair follicles, bacteria, and sebaceous glands underneath. There are also some lasers that can be used to destroy certain types of blood vessels which can play a role in the formation of acne. Lasers that are used to treat scars caused by acne are otherwise known as resurfacing, ablative, and non-ablative lasers that are also used in the cosmetic industry. These are often the same types of lasers that are used to reduce the appearance of wrinkles.

Ablative laser resurfacing is more of an invasive surgical procedure when compared to the other methods of acne laser skin treatment. It is more or less a type of laser peel. Either way, researchers hope that as the technology advances, additional forms of laser therapy will lead to a reduction of the amount of drugs and prescription medications needed to treat acne. At this time, laser treatment seems to be most successful when used in combination with more conventional treatments. With laser treatment, you may not give up the creams and pills forever, but will most likely require less of both.

At this time, most insurance companies consider laser treatment for acne more or less experimental so it may not be covered under your plan. Acne laser treatments can be expensive but if you think about all the money you currently spend on topicals and other medications, the extra cost may up end saving you money in the long run. In addition, if you have dark skin you may have been told that laser therapy is not safe for you. However, if you can find a doctor who is confident and really knows what they're doing very precise use of the laser can minimize complications.