Acne is one of the most common skin conditions affecting both teenagers and adults in the Houston area and across the country. There are a growing number of potential solutions on the market and it can be difficult to decide which one is right for you. Over the past several years, a number of technological advances have been made in the area of laser acne treatments. While it has not always been considered a popular solution, it provides a number of benefits which are impossible to achieve with other treatment options.
Get Results Fast
One of the benefits which first made laser acne treatment a popular choice was how fast it could provide results. In most cases, patients who undergo two treatments a week for four weeks (total of 8 treatments) can start seeing results up to three times faster than using pharmaceuticals. Prescription medication has long been considered the best option for most acne sufferers; however the potential side effects and long treatment lengths make it less than an ideal solution. Topical creams and cleansers can take a significant amount of time to start showing results as well.
Total Treatment Time is Significantly Less Than the Alternatives
While patients do need to undergo multiple treatments, each session will last only a few minutes. When you consider the total amount of treatment time required for laser acne treatment, it is significantly less than prescription medication and topical solutions. When you combine the lower total treatment time with the increased effectiveness, laser acne treatment becomes the clear choice.
Laser Acne Treatment Focuses on the Real Problem
Most people think the primary cause of acne is oily skin, stress, and/or poor skin care. While all of those are definitely a contributing factor, the real threat is the P. acnes bacteria. This is why there is also a prescription medication. Laser acne treatment is one of the only non-prescription methods which will directly attack the acne at its source. The acne causing bacteria is more likely to form whiteheads and blackheads in clogged pores, however your pores getting clogged isn’t enough to cause a full-scale acne breakout.
If you really want to get the most of your laser acne treatment, try combining it with a cleansing treatment such as microdermabrasion. After the laser treatment kills the acne causing bacteria, there is still work to be done in order to prevent acne from reoccurring. Microdermabrasion is considered by many as skin-polishing. It removes the topmost layer of dead skin cells. Not only are dead skin cells the primary cause of clogged pores, but healthy skin tends to have smaller, tighter pores. This makes it harder for them to get clogged with dead skin cells.
Plus, both laser skin resurfacing and DermaPlaning in Houston are very skin-friendly treatments. This means there should be no pain, although some people feel microdermabrasion can cause some discomfort, and no downtime. This means you can immediately return to your daily activities. At most, your skin may be a little red (like when you blush) for 30 minutes to several hours following the microdermabrasion.