For many people, there’s something mysterious about laser treatment. Rather than a medical procedure, it sounds like something you’d find in a NASA laboratory.
However, laser treatment is actually one of the most straightforward (and least invasive) acne reducing procedures. And, it usually doesn’t involve taking additional medication.
So, how does acne laser treatment work, and what results can you expect?
How acne forms?
It’s thought that acne is triggered by hormonal changes, usually during puberty (with around 80% of all teens suffering acne at some stage). However, many people experience acne much later into their 20s and 30s.
Sebaceous glands in the skin on the face, neck and back produce the oily substance sebum. The sebum traps and blocks pores by collecting dead skin cells and creating an environment for bacteria to develop.
In many cases, this bacteria is resistant to common antibacterial agents.
Furthermore, as the pores get blocked, they can become inflamed, itchy or hardened. This results in classic signs of acne. If serious, it can lead to scarring of the skin.
How can lasers help?
Different types of laser acne treatment work in different ways. Generally, there are two types of laser procedure – infrared and pulsed dye. In both cases, the laser is used to deliver focused beams of light to specific areas. The process usually aims to tighten the skin, close pores and inhibit bacteria.
For example, one of the most effective methods is the N-Lite laser treatment.
This targets and destroys the acne-causing bacteria. Simultaneously, the laser promotes the growth of natural skin healing agents, such as collagen, which help to repair damaged skin and reduce scarring.
What about results?
Laser treatment can be one of the most effective anti-acne procedures.
Again, using N-Lite as an example, trials by leading dermatologist Dr. Tony Chu, found that it improved the appearance of acne in 87% of patients after just one session.
With some types of laser acne treatment you may not see results until after several sessions. You may also experience a slight reddening of the skin for a few days after treatment. You should discuss with your dermatologist or skin specialist which laser method is right for you, and what kind of results you can expect.
Where should I look for treatment?
Generally, laser treatments are not available for free on the NHS.
However, it’s essential that you visit a practice that is registered with the Care Quality Commission. The procedure should be carried out by a trained (and qualified) medical practitioner.
By visiting the right clinic and discussing your situation with an experienced consultant, you’re sure to get the right treatment and reduce your acne using this revolutionary technique.