Pure Skin Acne Treatment
Before Treatment Preparation.
Wash thoroughly. Shave the treatment area. Do not apply moisturizers, makeup, etc. containing alpha hydroxy acid. It is best to refrain from using topicals containing Benzoyl Peroxide, Hydroxy Acid, Retinol and Salicylic Acid three days prior to your treatment sessions. Use sunscreen SPF 25 or greater two weeks prior. (tanned and darker skin may result in more time between treatments.
What causes acne scarring?
Not all acne breakouts lead to scarring, but some men and women with acne develop scars that change the look and feel of their skin. That process begins when your pores become clogged with dead skin cells, excess oil, and bacteria.
As the bacteria multiply, the blemishes become inflamed. That swelling can eventually create a rupture in the follicle wall, which allows the infection to spread to surrounding tissues. Your body reacts to that infection by creating new collagen fibers, which knot together to create scarring.
Acne Scars Q & A
Why should I get acne scar treatment?
The decision to try and lessen the appearance of acne scarring is a personal one. For some, minor scarring is not a serious aesthetic concern and they can improve the appearance of their skin with top-quality skincare products and cover scarring with makeup.
In other cases, acne scarring is highly visible and makes it hard to feel good about the appearance of your skin. Treatment can boost your self-esteem, improve your appearance, and even promote improved skin health.
How does laser therapy help treat acne scars?
How does it work?
Laser therapy works by harnessing the power of light to transform your skin. During treatments, focused beams of light are directed onto your skin. The laser energy is absorbed by your skin and converted into heat.
Your body perceives that heat as damage and launches a healing response. New collagen is produced, which plumps and tightens your skin. That process smooths acne scarring, helping the scar tissue blend in with the surrounding skin.
Treatments also remove the outermost layer of dead skin cells to reveal a layer of fresh new cells.
Am I a good candidate for laser acne scar treatments?
Laser acne scar treatments are a great option for many men and women, but certain conditions make you a poor candidate for any form of light therapy. For example, if you take medications that make you sensitive to light, laser therapy can be dangerous.
In some cases, men and women with active acne are not well-suited for laser treatments. The same applies if you have any type of open sore in the treatment area.
During your initial consultation, your practitioner discusses your health history and helps you determine if laser acne scar treatment is right for you.
Schedule an appointment today online or by phone to get started.
Acne scarring removal may create a superficial burn wound. Some patients may experience bruising or swelling. There is immediate whitening of the treated area, which usually lasts for several minutes. Many clients then develop blisters, crusts, or scabs within 8-72 hours, which may last for 1-2 weeks or more. The treated areas may be pink or pale after the scab separates. Scarring, which can be hypertrophic or even keloid, can occur but is very rare. Loss of skin pigment in the treated area can occur and is temporary except in very rare cases. Healing is usually complete within 4 weeks, although this may vary.
Note: Do not use moisturizers containing alpha hydroxy acid.
1. Keep the treated area clean and dry while it is healing. Clean the area gently with soap and water and then pat the area dry. You may apply a thin coating of antibiotic ointment up to three times a day for 3 days while the area is healing and you should keep the area covered with a sterile dressing for those 3 days.
2. Blistering is not common but is likely to occur 8 hours after your treatment. Do not be alarmed, blisters heal very well and are part of the normal healing process. Blisters indicate your body’s immune system is healing the area. It is natural for blisters to pop, and this helps the skin to heal faster in many cases. Continue to put antibiotic ointment (Neosporin) over the blisters once they have popped for at least 24 hours.
3. You may apply cool compresses as necessary for 24 hours after the laser treatment to help reduce discomfort and inflammation. You may take plain Tylenol, but avoid aspirin (it can increase the risk of bruising and/or bleeding.)
4. Do not pick at the scab or allow the skin to become scraped, as this may result in infection and scarring. Shaving should be avoided in the treated area until it is completely healed.
5. Feel free to shower 2 hours after the treatment, but take care to avoid high-pressure water hitting the treated area. Baths, hot tubs, swimming pools, or any form of soaking aren’t recommended until all blistering and scabbing are completely healed, as they may increase the risk of infection.
6. Exercise is generally safe after treatment, taking into account the other aftercare instructions provided here.
7. Wear a sunblock with an SPF of 25 or higher over the area for 3 months following the treatment (If exposed). Do not apply cream or medication on or near the treated area unless recommended by our office for 48 hours.
8. Itching is very common due to the dehydrating effect of the laser treatment. Use Aquaphor, vitamin E ointment, or hydrocortisone cream to the treatment area.
9. If the area looks infected (honey-colored crusting and oozing or spreading redness), if you experience an unusual discomfort or bleeding, if any other complications develop, or if you have any questions or concerns, contact your doctor immediately and our office second.
10. Of course, if you have any extreme reaction, call 911 and go to the emergency department.