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How Acne Treatments Works

First, we’ would like to explain some basic steps on how to get rid of acne:

Use a facial cleanser to clean the face of makeup, lotions and excess oils then we place a professional set of protective goggles over your eyes. The provider performing the active acne treatments will then move the laser across your skin, pulsing it while each beam of light works to eliminate the skin issues. 

Although your eyes are closed and covered with goggles, you may still see a little flash of the light, hear an audible tone and feel a mild sensation on the skin that will tell you when the laser is being pulsed. The sensation produces little to no discomfort. While targeting problematic or pigment discolorations in the skin, without damaging surrounding tissue.

Woman getting laser face treatment in medical spa center

Following the laser treatment, a cool compress should be applied, there is little to no downtime. In a quick, affordable 30-minute session, your skin rejuvenation and toning process are well underway! You may experience slight redness, but typically most goes away within minutes, although some patients experience redness up to 24 hours. Crusting may appear wherever there is a dark spot; this will subside within 5-10 days. Try to keep this natural skin protection on as long as possible, do not try to exfoliate off early. Avoid sun exposure for 2-3 weeks.  Sun exposure is not recommended between laser sessions, so if you are receiving more than one laser treatment, stay out of the sun as much as possible between appointments and use at least SPF 45 on areas repeatedly, at all times. This will to reduce the chances of pigmentation returning.

Multiple Treatment Options

Palomar – 1540 & 1440 Fractional Lasers

Cynosure – Picosure, Focus Lens Array

Syneron – Sublime Elos Technology

Candela – E-Matrix RF Technology

Injectables – Botox, Dysport, Juvederm and more

SkinMedica – Peels

Micro Treatments – Microneedling and Microdermabrasion

Types of Laser Acne treatmentsPopular Acne Treatments – IPL (intense pulsed light), Fotofacial or Photofacial with the Lux V, Acleara, Max Ys or Max G (with or without levulinic acid)

Laser treatments are done in a series every 3-5 weeks in for about 3-4 sessions, depending on each patient’s skin condition. Patients will start to see further results after each session! Some patients prefer discounted touch-ups once or twice per year to maintain results.

Fractional Laser Acne treatments (Acne Scars) – This laser works by delivering an array of high-precision microbeams to create deep, narrow columns of coagulation in epidermis and dermis. This triggers a restorative natural healing process that creates new, healthy tissue including collagen. In other words, it vaporizes a fraction of microscopic columns of the skin instead of surface acne which allows for a faster recovery. It also causes the new skin to grow back tighter, smoother and without the scar or other uneven skin issues.

Cynosure Picosure, Focus Lens Array Laser Acne Treatments – This device is the only laser that can be used to treat darker skin colors, but also multiple skin conditions including pigments and acne scars. This incomparable system produces extremely short pulses of energy in the skin’s deepest layers within a trillionth of a second. The laser is 100x faster than most other lasers and delivers quick results with fewer treatments. It also controls to have less damage to the surrounding tissue, hence less discomfort too.

How laser acne treatments work with Syneron e-Matrix RF Technology

This laser is FDA-approved to treat multiple skin issues including acne scars. It was the first aggressive device to experience superior results still with minimal downtime (compared to CO2) and fewer side effects. Energy is delivered into the skin’s deepest layers.

Treatment with Acleara Mechanism of Action Combines Therapeutic Advantages of Vacuum & Light

Vacuum

  • Dislodging of follicular Ostia Heat injury to bacteria
  • Elevating and Opening Sebaceous Gland

Light

  • Heat shock to sebaceous glands
  • Vascular Impact that slows trafficking
  • bacteria killer

Acleara Mechanism, How Acne Treatments Works

Acleara handpiece makes full contact with skin

Acleara Mechanism 2, How Acne Treatments Works

Pneumatics deep cleans pores by extracting build up of sebaceous material

Acleara Mechanism 3, How Acne Treatments Works

Along with target heating of the dermis, the endogenous effect of light activates porphyrins to destroy P. acnes and reduces sebum production

Acleara Mechanism 4, How Acne Treatments Works

Obstruction in the pilosebaceous apparatus is removed and skin normalizes

beautiful woman with pearl beads and mirror, How Acne Treatments Works

Most Popular Acne Treatments – These treatments are additionally helpful for active acne:

Acne Photofacial – This is our recommended acne treatment for those who suffer from regular or hormonal acne. This treatment uses an IPL (Intense Pulse Light) handpiece to target and eliminates many of the unwanted effects, such as deep wrinkles and fine lines that come with aging. IPL clears up active acne, cystic acne and boosts collagen. Also, the IPL corrects pigmentation such as sun spots, age spots, freckles and evens out skin tones.

Chemical Peel – We have 5 different strength levels to accommodate. Treatment designed to reduce the appearance of surface-level lines, aid in the clearing of acne, smooth rougher skin texture and fade hyper-pigmentation. The cosmetic acid in the peels removes dead skin cells (that you do not want there) from the surface without irritating skin. This effective and safe office treatment reduces patient downtime, is specifically developed for an at-home pre and post-treatment regime. For best results, at least 3 sessions and can be used alongside doing other treatments are recommended.

Calming Face treatment – designed to help soothe, calm acne breakouts and rosacea skin conditions. Serums, such as vitamin C+E and Masques will aid in the reduction of erythema (swelling) caused by Rosacea. The hydrating Phyto-corrective Gel doesn’t leave skin oily and its’ antibacterial, antiseptic properties help calm and heal acne skin.

   * Rosacea Cautions – Patients with this condition may want to avoid microdermabrasion with suction as this can pull more blood to the area and create more broken capillaries.

Deep Pore Cleansing – Deep Pore Cleansing Face treatment – (most helpful “before” or to avoid a flare-up or breakout) perfect for teenage clients experiencing “teen-like” acne. Our combination of treatments and products helps to give skin hydration and reduce oil. Pharmaceutical grade Botanicals help heal the acne while the various Masques draw out oils and impurities that can harm the skin.

Call 724-987-3221 to schedule your laser acne treatment in one of our 8 Western Pennsylvania locations!

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