Acne is a skin condition affecting young people and adults alike. This condition is typically characterised through the obstruction of the sebaceous glands in the skin, resulting in pimples and deep cysts as well as nodules, making their appearance on numerous parts of the body which include the buttocks, face, back, upper arms, chest and shoulders.
There are many treatments available to control and eradicate this condition, although some are more effective than others.
In some instances scarring can occur if not treated correctly. In the not too distant past acne sufferers have typically been treated with creams and antibiotics.
It is interesting to note, though, that it can take as long as eight weeks for antibiotics to destroy the acne bacteria whereas laser treatment for acne can eradicate acne in just over four weeks with as few as eight laser treatment sessions.
This is how technology comes to the rescue for those suffering from acne:
- It is well-known that acne lesions can now be cleared with the use of technology.
- This is good news because drugs often have undesirable side effects.
- Therefore it stands to reason that you should choose the laser treatment route, as laser treatment for acne is a better option especially as it has no side effects.
- During the laser treatment intense blue wavelengths target the porphyrins that are produced by the acne bacteria.
- This is the normal metabolism of Acnes Bacteria.
- The interaction of the intense blue light and the porphyrins in turn create singlet oxygen that assists in the destruction of the bacteria without damaging the surrounding tissue.
The advantages for patients are numerous:
- The results are quick – more so than antibiotics.
- The treatment is not only safe but the results are quit astounding – there is an 80% clearance on average.
Why laser therapy?
- Laser treatment for acne work on the premise of stimulating compounds which are called porphyrins.
- These porphyrins exist in acne bacteria.
- When the laser stimulates the porphyrins these in turn damage the wall of the bacteria which kill off the bacteria but are not harmful to the surrounding tissue.
- Because there is less bacteria the results ought to indicate a reduced amount of acne.
- Laser acne treatment is said to reduce the levels of sebum in the skin.
- The recommended dosage is usually three sessions but this all depends on how extreme your acne is.
Will you experience any side effects after acne laser treatment?
- There might be a little pain or discomfort with certain patients all depending on the pain threshold you are able to tolerate; this all depends on which kind of laser treatment is used for your particular type of acne.
- There might be a little redness after treatment has been completed.
- There might also be a certain degree of swelling or peeling.
- Sunlight should be avoided after treatment.
It is advisable to visit your skin clinic to find out which treatment is best suited to your type of skin, the extent of your acne and what type of treatment would benefit you best of all – after all acne treatment is not a one size fits all type of solution but rather how yours can be brought under control and which method is most beneficial to you moving forward.
To conclude, laser treatment for acne is a fast solution to a problem that can be minimised or eradicated in a short space of time without the nasty side effects that are part of taking drugs for this condition. Find out more about acne treatment from our team of professionals at our aesthetic skin clinic which is conveniently based in Sandton.