A recent dermatology symposium held in Florida (pre-COVID, of course) highlighted the effectiveness of lasers in treating acne. Presenters noted that laser therapies have become increasingly popular in the battle against acne not only because of their capability, but also because they are non-invasive and can be performed quickly and with little downtime.
At Maine Laser Skin Care, we are aware that many of our clients are reluctant to take antibiotics to treat their acne out of fear that their bodies may develop antibiotic resistance over time. Fortunately, we have also found that as laser technologies have advanced over the past several decades, we have been able to develop treatment protocols to improve acne-prone skin, reduce acute breakouts, and stop the development of longer-term scars.
The current generation of lasers can be used to treat mild, moderate, and severe acne with virtually no pain. Depending on the severity level of the acne, the treatments can be done from two sessions twice a week for the most severe teenage acne cases, to once per month throughout 4 consecutive months for the milder acne breakouts.
Different wavelengths of our lasers can work on several different aspects of acne's appearance. For the enlarged pores and blackheads, one wavelength can shrink oil glands, decrease facial oil production, and reduce pore size to give the skin a smoother appearance while also breaking the cycle of oil-related breakouts.
The heat generated by laser light energy has been shown to temporarily reduce the numbers of skin bacteria associated with acne pimples. Lasers can also diminish the redness and pigmentation left over after acute acne breakouts resolve.
Additionally, the laser energy can stimulate collagen to remodel in areas of shallow acne scarring. For deeper acne scars such as the dreaded "ice pick" scars, a deeper penetrating laser such as the Fraxel laser, which we have available in our Augusta office, can improve the appearance of acne dramatically over a series of treatments.
As with many other medical conditions, acne responds best to a combination approach, and each person's conditions is unique. Some people will respond to topical products, but many will require topical therapy combined with lasers and medication to achieve the best cosmetic outcome.
A face-to-face consultation, now possible with COVID-19 precautions of course, will help us to determine what is the best course of action for the individual client and patient. From the embarrassment of acute acne to the longer term effects of acne scars, we here at Maine Laser Skin Care have the expertise and equipment to help.
If you would like an assessment of either your skin or that of a loved one who has been dealing with acne and/or its leftover effects, please call us either at (207) 303-0125 in Scarborough, or at (207) 873-2158 in Augusta to schedule a free and confidential consultation. Meanwhile, please continute to stay safe out there, socially distance whenever possible, and don't forget your mask when you go out!