How Laser Acne Treatments Work
Acne is a very common skin disease affecting millions of people from adolescence through their twenties, thirties and in some cases in their forties.
Acne breakouts erupt when sebaceous glands cause pores and follicles to become blocked. This causes bacteria to become trapped and grow beneath the surface of the skin, resulting in pimples, blackheads, whiteheads and sometimes deeper cysts or nodules. Acne can occur almost anywhere on the body, including the face, neck, chest, back, shoulders, and arms. And when one of these inflamed areas ruptures, it can also cause permanent scarring.
Laser acne treatments administer direct pulses of specific light frequencies to the affected skin. The light is absorbed by the hemoglobin in the blood vessels that nourish the patient’s sebaceous glands. The heat from the light energy damages the walls of the vessels that supply blood to the sebaceous glands – so that they are no longer able to produce the oily, waxy acne-causing “sebum”.
In addition to having been clinically proven to speed up the healing process for acne, lasers can also treat acne scarring by resurfacing the skin.