Similar Treatments and Alternatives for Acne Laser Treatment

There are several types of?Acne Treatment available in the cosmetic health market in order to treat the age old problem of acne. Every acne laser treatment has its own features and method of tackling the condition.

Acne - or in simple terms, pimples or lesions on the skin - may occur due to a number of reasons. One of the reasons may be the excessive production of sebum (an oil for the lubrication of the hairs on skin), while the other may be the multiplication of the P. acnes bacteria in the affected area. Acne may also be caused by the production of dead skin cells and plugging of the oil and these cells in the follicles of hair. Laser acne treatments cure the acne either by targeting the bacteria or by decreasing the oil production, or by combining many such factors. Here are some similar treatments and alternatives for acne laser treatment.

Pulsed Light and Heat Energy (LHE) Therapy

This treatment uses the combination of pulses of heat and light which attack two prime reasons behind acne. LHE destroys the P. acnes bacteria while it also decreases sebum production by lessening the size of sebaceous glands. This FDA approved acne therapy uses a combination of green-yellow light pulses along with heat to cure mild acne as well as inflammatory acne. It may result in temporary redness along with the other common side effects.

Blue Light Therapy

Blue Light therapy is a narrow-band therapy which is approved by the FDA for the treatment of acne. The principle behind Blue Light therapy is eradication of the acne causing bacteria. Blue Light therapy is also able to treat the inflammatory acne vulgaris, whereas other acne laser treatments have not had much success in this area. Blue Light is free from Ultraviolet (UV) light which was earlier used in various other acne laser treatments. Around 8 sessions, each lasting 15 minutes, over a 4 week period are recommended to get a noticeable improvement. Some of the side effects involved are mild swelling, temporary pigment changes and dryness. The procedure is entirely painless and a combination of red light may be used along with the traditional blue light.

Diode Laser Treatment

Diode lasers are used to eliminate the sebaceous glands present in the layer beneath the epidermis. 1450-nm diode laser has been found to be effective in treating inflammatory acne. This treatment may cause pain and therefore has to be given along with anesthetics. Common side effects of diode laser treatment are temporary swelling and redness in the treated areas.

Other Treatments

Other than these laser treatments which are generally non-invasive in nature, other invasive procedures for acne treatment can be used. There is Dermabrasion, in which the outer skin is removed by mechanical sanding to bring out a new skin free from acne and scars. Another acne treatment technique is chemical peeling, in which the top layer of skin is peeled out with the help of certain chemicals.

Do a bit of research before opting for any acne treatment and discuss this with your physician to find the best one for you.

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