A key to the success of laser treatment for acne is that it addresses the underlying origins of acne problems: excess oil and excess bacteria. Excess oil is produced by overactive skin glands, called "sebaceous glands". When there is too much oil in the skin, pores become clogged, causing pimples and blackheads. Oil also allows bacteria, called "P.acnes", to flourish. The medication, Accutane, is often prescribed to curtail oil production, but sometimes patients are concerned about unwanted side effects. Laser treatment is a safe alternative.
P.acnes are bacteria that naturally live in the skin. When there is an imbalance, the bacteria count can get too high, creating infection and inflammation. A special blue light laser can "zap" these bacteria and restore natural balance. This extra measure is needed--skin washing does not reach P.acnes which reside under the surface of the skin.
After only one laser treatment session, patients often see a visible improvement in their skin condition. This is remarkable when you consider that users of creams and antibiotics often have to wait several weeks or months before seeing any changes. Laser treatments are fast-acting and thorough. Existing pimples are cleared, new ones are prevented and with some lasers, old scars are removed.
In a typical session, your dermatologist will apply the laser to your troubled areas of skin. Skin on any part of the body can be treated--wherever your acne is located. The device held by the clinician is small and unimposing, but quite effective. With a few pulses, the laser beams precisely target bacteria and oil glands.
Each session is brief, usually lasting no more than 15 minutes. For full results you will need from 4 to 8 sessions spaced more than a week apart. Treatments can easily be squeezed into your day as they involve very little discomfort and after-effects. If there is some redness or swelling, it will not interfere with your normal activities.
If you have mild or occasional acne, it is best to try your doctor's initial recommendations. If you find your condition worsens or persists; or if you are a person who has been enduring humiliation and discomfort for a long time, then you should look further into laser treatment for acne. The treatments are usually very effective. When your doctor is fully qualified and trained, you do not have negative side effects. Finally you will be relieved of all your daily efforts to conceal and eliminate an acne problem.