Acne is the most common, difficult and unsightly problem of teenagers and adulthood, which usually subsides with time, but in some persist for a longer time and subsides with severe scars(disfigurement) leading to social embarrassment and or psychological problems.
Lasers and other light therapies perfect for acne treatment when the conventional method doesn’t work. Just beam of light to make the acne disappear. These treatments show great promise in treating acne. Patients with severe acne cysts have seen clearing for years when laser therapy was added to their treatment plan.
Clear Skin Centre Doctors advice to:
Do’s and don’ts that would help you keep the pimple away.
Do gently wash your face 2-3 times a day with a mild cleanser.
Don’t touch, pick, pop or squeeze, as your finger carries bacteria.
Do use only water-based moisturizers to keep the skin soft, smooth and hydrated.
Don’t smoke and drink alcohol
DO: Stay hydrated, drink adequate water
Don’t eat foods with processed fat.
Do keep your fingers and hands away from your face
Don’t use excessive make-up products.
Do eat plenty of fiber rich foods
Don’t scrub your skin too roughly
Do shampoo your hair often
Don’t forget to wash off your make-up before sleep
Do exercise regularly.
Don’t ignore the severe acne, early treatment can prevent aggravation and scarring
Do change your pillowcases and towels frequently
Don’t ignore the dandruff, if present should be treated
Do keep a check on your medicine forother illness, may aggravate
Don’t use oil based sun-screen or skin care products
Intense pulse light (IPL) and Long pulse Nd: YAG are effective in moderate to severe type of acne in combination with topical and systemic treatment; it requires multiple sessions and is expensive.
Intense Pulse Light Laser:
It is safest, effective, and has FDA clearance for the treatment of acne. It works by releasing yellow, green, red light that is emitted in a series of short pulses that destroy the bacteria and directly target the overactive sebaceous glands that cause pimples.
Long Pulse ND YAG Laser: –
The laser light is derived from its capability to penetrate deep into the skin to thermally and selectively destroy overactive sebaceous glands and reduce acne inflammation. It even accelerates the healing process and stimulates collagen remodeling thereby improving acne scars too. Hence, the Long pulse is a safe, effective, and well-tolerated treatment with long term results and no side effects.
PDL: Pulsed-dye lasers (PDLs) with low-fluence (low irradiation energy density) have long-term improvements in inflammatory acne and for atrophic acne scarring can be seen after PDL treatment. Acne Rosacea responds well to Pulse Dye Laser.
Pulsed dye laser is basically designed to rid patients of benign vascular lesions; it can also be used to treat scars especially red acne scars or fresh scars, hypertrophic, and keloid scars. The laser delivers an intense burst of yellow light to the skin; which is specifically absorbed by the blood vessels in the dermis. These blood vessels are coagulated and then reabsorbed by the body during the natural healing process; helps in collagen remodeling and hence scar correction.
Isolaz a painless technology combines vacuum with a broadband light. The laser device cleanses the pores by vacuuming and extracting the debris and excess oil from deep within your pores. Then the light helps destroy acne-causing bacteria, as well as reducing facial redness.
Light, Lasers & RF in treating Acne/Rosacea
IPL (intense pulse light)
Long-pulse ND: Yag laser
Pulsed dye laser
What are the treatments available for acne/pimples?
Topical and Oral antibiotic/retinoids, hormonal therapy is usually tried initially with which cryoslush and Alpha Beta Hydroxy rejuvenation solutions with or without extraction of comedones
What are the types of light & lasers?
Intense pulse light (IPL), Long-Pulse ND: YAG and Pulse Dye laser have additional benefits when patients not responding to conventional modalities.
What are IPL and Long Pulse ND YAG laser technology?
IPL works by releasing a series of light that is emitted in short pulses which destroys the bacteria and directly targets the overactive sebaceous glands that cause pimples. High-intensity blue light emitted from IPL system acts on the porphyrins released form propionibacterium acnes. Acne Therapy is safest, effective, and has FDA clearance for the treatment of Acne.
Long-Pulse ND YAG laser: The laser light is derived from its capability to penetrate deep into the skin to thermally and selectively destroy overactive sebaceous glands and reduce acne inflammation. It even accelerates the healing process and stimulates collagen remodeling thereby improving acne scars too.
Pulsed-dye lasers (PDLs) with low-fluence (low irradiation energy density) have long-term improvements in inflammatory acne and for atrophic acne scarring can be seen after PDL treatment. Acne Rosacea responds well to Pulse Dye Laser.
Herewith IPL and Long-pulse and PDL is a safe, effective, and well-tolerated treatment with long term results and no side effects.
What is Fractional MNRF?
Fractional microneedling radiofrequency is a novel radiofrequency technique that uses insulated or non-insulated microneedles to deliver energy to the deep dermis at the point of penetration without destruction of the epidermis. Number of acne lesions (inflammatory and non-inflammatory) decreased. Sebum excretion and subjective satisfaction were more favorable. Inflammatory lesions responded better than non-inflammatory lesions and related scars also improve. Fractional radiofrequency micro needling is a safe and effective treatment for acne vulgaris and rosacea.
Is the treatment painful?
There is a mild burning sensation during the treatment which is tolerated well by most patients. The external cooling system may be required for sensitive patients.
Are there any side effects?
Herewith IPL and a Long pulse is a safe, effective, and well-tolerated treatment with long term results and no side effects.
Is sun protection necessary after acne laser?
Physical avoidance of sun exposure by covering the treated areas while in sun or use of a sunscreen with high SPF is required for 1-2 weeks.
How many sittings are required?
Generally, 3-5 sittings with a gap of 3-4 weeks between the treatments may be required for good improvement.