Lasers and other Light Therapies for Acne Scars

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Acne is a common skin condition with a prevalence rate of 70 to 90% among teenagers. However, in some people it continues to plague their lives even in their adulthood. Acne is characterized by red, raised pimples, which mostly appear on cheeks, forehead and chin. However, this skin condition can also affect upper arms, shoulders and back. Acne anywhere is painful and distressing but it particularly looks and feels disgusting when on face. Even after acne is gone, it leaves behind unsightly blemishes and scars, which are harder to treat than acne itself.

Natural remedies and conventional treatments not only tend to be time-taking and tedious but also bring with them various unwanted side effects, ranging from darkening of skin to facial hair growth. This prompted the sufferers as well as the dermatologists to search for safer and more acceptable acne scar treatment.

Nowadays, laser and other light therapies are being practiced all over the world to help people get rid of acne and acne scars. Lights used for treating acne work by either directly killing the acne causing bacteria or by selectively damaging the oil secreting glands (sebaceous glands). Each light therapy varies from others based on the wavelength of the light used.

Laser Photorejuvenation:

Laser Photorejuvenation is a quick and easy skin rejuvenation procedure. Using a small, handheld device your doctor will make laser beams of a specific wavelength incident at the acne scars. The light will penetrate into the skin breaking not only the accumulated pigment and dark spots, caused by acne, but also the hard scar tissues to stimulate healing process. It also puts collagen production on a fast forward, thus making your skin smooth and soft, free of acne scars and blemishes.

Fractional CO2 Laser Skin Resurfacing:

Fractional CO2 Laser Skin Resurfacing is the most commonly used acne scar treatment, being practiced all over the world with success. The technique uses traditional carbon dioxide lasers in a fractionated manner to cause tiny holes in the acne scars. The will speedup the healing process and collagen regeneration.

Intense Pulsed Light Therapy:

Intense Pulsed Light Therapy (IPL) is another skin rejuvenating technique that uses pulsating light beams of a specific wavelength to trigger skin regeneration process. The light used in IPL therapy is different from laser beams. It uses non-coherent light with a general wavelength range of 500 to 1200 nanometers. Xenon flashlamps are mostly used for producing high intensity bursts of broad spectrum.

Laser Skin Care offers all these three treatments for skin resurfacing. If you are interested, contact us today and let our dermatologists help you regain a smooth and clear skin free of acne scars and blemishes.

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