What is acne?

Acne is one of the most common skin conditions in the United States. It primarily affects the face but can also affect the chest, shoulders, and back. Acne occurs when the pores of the skin become blocked with debris due to the overproduction of oil and proliferation of p. acnes bacteria. This leads to blackheads, whiteheads, cysts, irritation, and inflammation. There are many acne triggers such as hormones, diet, stress, and environment. We’ve all become familiar with “maskne” which is triggered by the environment created from wearing masks frequently and for long periods of time.

Laser for Acne

Most people know about treating acne with chemical peels, retinol, benzoyl peroxide, and LED lights. Acne can also be treated with laser therapy. Lasers treat acne by killing p. acnes bacteria, reducing sebaceous (oil) secretions, and reducing inflammation. Other benefits of using laser are the acceleration of healing and stimulation of collagen production. This helps with the improvement of acne scars and pigmentation which often goes hand-in-hand with acne. Laser energy is more concentrated and penetrates the skin deeper than LED lights providing quicker results in less treatment sessions.

Laser Acne Treatment at CaTara

Here at CaTara, we use a combination of laser wavelengths to treat acne. One of the lasers we use is the 1064 Nd:YAG which allows us to safely treat all skin types and colors. We slowly heat the skin tissue and deeply penetrate the treatment area. This approach reduces the amount of surface bacteria on the skin, penetrates the skin to kill bacteria deep in pore root, and thermally affects the sebaceous glands which prevents the clogging and buildup of oil, reduces inflammation, and reduces the proliferation of p. acnes bacteria. This slow, deep heating also increases collagen production providing improvement of acne scarring. We do this heating process several times during each treatment session.

The laser we use for acne is a comfortable treatment and doesn’t really have any down time. You can begin seeing results after the first treatment, but the number of treatments needed depends on the severity of acne being treated. Laser acne treatment is often combined with other treatment methods, a home skincare regimen, and discussion of lifestyle and diet to get optimal results.

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