Questions About Acne and Treatment
- Posted on: Mar 30 2017
Acne is the bane of every teenager and some adults. And it is quite misunderstood. People think that eating chocolate or potato chips can lead to acne. Wrong. People think they can use products from the local drug store or from TV infomercials to achieve great end results. Rarely.
Or they can trust the team at Creative Image Laser Solutions to provide effective acne treatment.
What is acne?
Acne is all about the sebaceous glands. These are the glands found at the bottom of the hair follicles. They are responsible for keeping our skin and hair moisturized by releasing oil. However, during puberty, raging hormone levels in teenagers can make the sebaceous glands go little nuts, overproducing oil. This overproduction causes the glands to clog, leading to a buildup of bacteria in those clogged glands. The result is a zit.
See, no mention of one too many Doritos or Hershey Kisses!
We get Intense with acne
At Creative Image Laser, we use high-intensity pulsed light (IPL) for treating some cases of acne. We apply a cold gel to the skin and then deliver the IPL energy. Patients feel a sensation of a snapping on their skin when the light is delivered, akin to a rubber band snap.
IPL energy has two effects that help with acne. First, the light energy kills the bacteria in the glands, reducing breakouts. Second, the treatment increases enzyme production, which reduces the overproduction of oil in the sebaceous glands.
Our IPL acne therapy involves multiple treatments depending on the severity of the acne.
We use Photodynamic therapy
Photodynamic therapy is very effective for treating severe cases of acne. This treatment involves the use of an activator, Amino Levulinic Acid, which is applied before IPL is delivered onto the treatment area.
After treatment, the skin is very sensitive to sunlight, so patients are required to stay indoors for one to two days. There will be initial inflammation, but then the skin clears, and acne disappears for many months.
If your teenager is suffering from the social stigma and physical problems associated with acne, call us at Creative Image Laser Solutions, 325-641-1927, and ask about out IPL acne therapies.