Millions of people around the world suffer from acne. It is an embarrassing condition for most, with many treatment options available. Laser therapy for acne is the latest treatment option available for this condition.
Acne is medically known as acne vulgaris and described as an inflammatory disease of the hair follicles and sebaceous glands of the skin. It most commonly occurs on the face, but can also be found on the neck, shoulders, chest, and back. Although acne is more common in the teen years, it can erupt at any age. In women, acne is at its worst between the ages of 13 and 18, while boys see its peak during their late teens. Unfortunately, the cause of this embarrassing disease is still unknown. Some researchers have linked the cause to hormonal changes in the body especially during the adolescence years.
So how does acne actually form? An oily substance called sebum is excreted by the sebaceous glands. The oil penetrates to the surface of the skin through hair follicles. When the oil is produced in excess, it stimulates the hair follicle tissues. This causes the more skin cells to shed than you normally would. Now the oil and the cells adhere to each other and clogs the pore. A clogged pore then becomes a favorable area for bacteria to grow. This is how a pimple is formed.
Laser therapy for acne is an ideal solution for those individuals who have a severe case or who have not responded well to other treatments. Acne laser treatment works when the surgeon uses small lasers to target the pimples and remove the affected skin area. When this skin is removed it allows for new skin to grow leaving your skin without any scars and more importantly, without any pimples.
There are many acne laser therapies available. One such treatment is called the infrared laser treatment. In this procedure the top layer of the skin "burnt" by a laser beam. This gives the skin a tighter look and the skin may look flawless. This is also called ablative laser as it uses heat to treat the acne.
Non-ablative laser procedure is referred to as cold treatments. Here the surgeon will use a high intensity light beam, to reduce the secretion of oil by the sebaceous glands. This then stimulates the collagen in the skin to fill out the spots that were affected by acne.
Another cold laser treatment is called the Erbium: YAG cold laser. Many doctors believe that this method works the best as a more detailed application can be done and have fewer complication.
Laser therapy for acne is not suitable for all patients, however for those who are ideal candidates, it is safe to use and widely available. Furthermore, many patients have shown clearer and brighter complexions, with the only down side being the cost of the treatment.