How Lasers Can Help Treat Acne

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If you live with persistent acne, you know just how frustrating the ongoing breakout cycle can be — just as one round of blemishes begins to clear up, the next round emerges, leaving your skin perpetually irritated and inflamed.  

Acne, which happens to rank as the most common skin problem in the U.S., occurs when hair follicles become plugged with oil and dead skin cells. Although these oil-clogged pores often develop into pustules, or pimples, they can actually cause a variety of blemishes, ranging from papules to whiteheads or blackheads.

Mild acne can also become painfully inflamed, leading to the development of more intense cysts or nodules, when the bacteria that live on the surface of your skin get into your blocked pores and begin to multiply.

Although acne is most common among adolescents and teens, the problem has become increasingly widespread among adults of all ages. Women, in particular, are more likely to experience acne breakouts in their 20s, 30s, 40s, and beyond.

Here at Stirling Skin Care Clinic, we know that acne can be stressful or even traumatic, especially when traditional skin care treatments don’t work as well or as quickly as you’d like. Luckily, ongoing advances in dermatology have made laser therapy an ideal solution for persistent acne. Here’s how it can help you restore clear, beautiful skin and put an end to chronic breakouts for good.

Acne clearance from the inside out

Laser therapy treats acne and helps prevent future breakouts by targeting overactive sebaceous glands, or the oil-producing glands that help fuel acne breakouts.

Using a sophisticated handheld device that’s gently passed over the surface of your skin, the treatment delivers therapeutic levels of energy into the deepest layers of your dermal tissue, where it heats your skin cells from the inside out.

This internal thermal action does more than calm vigorous oil glands to reduce acne and put an end to chronic breakouts — it also stimulates collagen renewal and elastin production to help tighten underlying skin structures and revitalize your complexion.

Here at Stirling Skin Care Clinic, we use the Cutera® laser, a revolutionary multi-application system that’s safe and effective for all skin types, to resolve persistent acne and prevent its recurrence.

A series of treatments for optimal results

Although many people see significant acne reduction after just one laser therapy session, most people require a series of treatments to achieve optimal skin clearing that lasts for months or longer.

Whether you have moderate pustular acne or severe inflammatory cysts, it only takes about 15-20 minutes to complete a single laser treatment on your facial skin; treating acne-prone skin on your shoulders, back, or chest may take slightly longer.

In the days and weeks following your laser therapy session, as your body’s internal healing mechanisms kick into high gear, you can expect to see an increasingly smoother, more uniform complexion with fewer spots and blemishes.

Successive acne laser sessions are scheduled several weeks apart to allow ample time for oil gland correction, elastin renewal, and collagen remodeling. The right number of treatments for you depends on the type of acne you have, the severity of your condition, and how well your skin responds to the therapy.  

As a noninvasive and relatively gentle treatment, acne laser therapy doesn’t require any downtime, meaning you can get right back into your day as soon as your session ends.

Laser therapy for mild to moderate acne

When incorporated into a comprehensive plan that emphasizes proper skin care and other beneficial treatment strategies, laser therapy can go a long way in promoting optimal skin clearing for people with moderate to severe acne.

But what if you only have mild to moderate acne, or if your breakouts are occasional, rather than ongoing? If you routinely experience pimples, whiteheads, or blackheads, Isolaz® pore vacuum and light therapy may be just the solution you’ve been waiting for.

The Isolaz acne treatment uses a state-of-the-art handheld device that combines gentle vacuum-like suction with painless LED light therapy to pull the dead skin cells from your pores, counter overactive oil glands, and destroy acne-causing bacteria.

Like conventional acne laser therapy, Isolaz treatments are gentle, repeatable, and highly effective — in fact, research shows that people with mild to moderate acne can expect to see up to 90% clearance after completing a series of four to six 15- to 20-minute Isolaz sessions.

 

If you’re ready to find out how acne laser therapy can give you the flawless, blemish-free complexion you’ve always wanted, our team is ready to help. Call our Casper, Wyoming office today, or use our easy online booking tool to schedule a consultation any time.

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