laser acne treatment
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Acne is a type of skin infection. Acne is also known by the medical term “acne vulgaris”. It is a skin disease that involves the oil glands at the base of the hair follicles. It occurs in puberty when the sebaceous glands become the most active. There are various causative agents of acne. Some of the causes of acne include:


When puberty starts, the secretion of hormones begins. In matured puberty in teenagers, androgens and testosterone (a male sex hormone) is produced. Testosterone makes the skin oily which is produced in the skin’s oil gland.


Excess sebum in the follicles, especially those on the face, neck, chest, and back, clogs at the surface. This makes comedones form on the skin’s surface. Sometimes, the clogging can cause the wall of the follicles to break under the pressure of the buildup. This unbalance causes the sebum to leak into nearby tissues and forms a papule, a condition knows as inflammatory acne.


Other than hormones and bacteria, there may be other reasons behind acne. Acne can be triggered resulting from a reaction to skin creams. Harmful chemicals on skin and so forth can damage the skin which can result in acne.

When you are suffering from acne, there are many treatments to cure it. Laser acne treatment is one of the newest treatments available that have been brought forth to the public. This treatment involves the use of laser light on acne which destroys a compound known as porphyries that live within it. The dermatologist claims that the laser light targets the sebaceous glands and restricts their production of sebum. Since too much sebum can stick to dead skin cells and cause plugs that block pores, this procedure prevents the excessive oil production from oil glands in the skin. The dermatologists also recommend that clearing up existing acne may lead to skin damage if you wish to use more than one treatment in a session.

When using laser treatment for acne scars, the goal is to destroy the skin in the uppermost layers where hyperpigmentation occurs so that fresh skin cells can grow in its place. A typical laser session may take 45 minutes up to an hour. The skin doesn’t need any preparation before treatment. However, the dermatologist may ask about your daily uses of creams or products to ensure that the laser acne treatment doesn’t irritate the skin.

There may be some side effects of a laser acne treatment. The skin can results in redness, itching, peeling, crusting of the treated acne and increased inflammation. So when you observe any of these symptoms, immediately inform the dermatologist. In rare cases, the hair follicles in the treated area may become inflamed and extremely sensitive to light but this is not a common side effect. Some of these side effects should go away within 24 to 48 hours. The greatest side effect of this treatment is darkening of the skin.

Caution: A laser acne treatment may not be the perfect treatment of all acne.