Beyond Face Wash: Treating Acne & Rosacea With Lasers
People of all ages suffer from rosacea and acne, both of which can cause inflammation, discomfort, pain, and embarrassment. Medications have long been prescribed to help keep some of the worst symptoms of these two skin conditions under control, but those medications are often only useful for controlling the symptoms and don’t help with some of the lasting visual reminders. In those cases, lasers might be the answer.
Reduce Redness & Inflammation in Rosacea
Inflammation in the blood vessels near the surface of the skin can cause some of the irritation, pain, and visible redness in conditions like rosacea. Laser facial treatments have become an effective method to reduce near-the-surface blood vessels that can cause redness and inflammation, according to dermatology professionals. The process is relatively painless for the patient, as powerful wavelengths target the blood vessels and as heat builds up inside the vein, the blood vessels are destroyed. In short pulses, they are also safe and generally will not damage surrounding tissues.
It’s important to note that while these treatments can be effective at reducing redness and inflammation, they generally cannot treat bumps and pimples (papules and pustules) that are often part of rosacea; in most cases traditional medication will still be part of the prescribed treatment regimen. Patients will also need to continue working with a medical professional to control lifestyle and environmental factors that might trigger rosacea, as lasers are not a cure for the condition.
Laser treatment for rosacea will usually cause the redness to recede immediately, but it may recur, which is why most doctors will perform at least three to five treatments spaced from four to six weeks apart.
Acne Scar Treatment with Lasers
Acne can be a difficult part of puberty (and for some, adulthood as well), and the effects of acne can be long-lasting for those who develop scars where pimples once were. Close to 9 out of 10 people in the U.S. will suffer from some type of acne breakout in their life, and about half of those people will end up with scars. Lasers have become one of the premier treatment options for removing these scars. Lasers can also help with hyperpigmentation, a condition marked by increased redness that appears in the wake of acne.
Acne laser treatment might involve laser resurfacing that removes damaged top skin layers and tightens and smooths the layer below, or it might involve fractional lasers that work on a deeper level of the skin. These lasers leave microscopic scars in your skin that signal your body to come and repair it, creating new collagen that fills in where the scars once were. It’s important to note that your acne will need to be under control before any laser treatment begins, and it will usually take more than a single treatment to completely fix acne scars.
To find out more about acne scar or rosacea treatment using lasers, call the Utah Dermatologic and Medical Procedures Clinic (UDMPC) today.