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Acne Laser Treatment

Book your acne laser treatment with Smooth. Acne is a common condition that affects both adolescents and adults. Hormone fluctuations are common in youth which can result in acne breakouts.  But they can also happen in your adult years. 

Acne Laser Treatment

Acne laser treatment for your skin breakouts uses a process that involves photo-selective absorption and controlled heating. This application provides you with an option that doesn’t require the use of antibiotics. We target your acne using a combination of heat and light therapy to destroy the bacteria. The ND Yag laser light can penetrate the skin to an optimal treatment depth in which tiny blood vessels that feed the oil gland will absorb the light energy and effectively shut down the overactive oil gland. The bulk heating effect of this treatment accelerates the healing process by stimulating collage production. In turn, this treatment leads to more long term benefits and results that are life-changing.

Treatments are pain-free and quick. During your initial consultation, we will determine an effective treatment plan over several weeks to ensure the best results. It is very important to keep up with a treatment plan to stay ahead of the acne.

Everyone wants skin that is clear of blemishes so it’s important to understand the different types of acne and how they present.

Types of Acne

Whiteheads are small blemishes with a white-coloured head. This happens when hair follicles get clogged with sebum (oil) and dead skin cells. Sebum oil is good oil – it’s what the skin needs for nourishment and protection. But it can also clog your pores and result in tiny whiteheads on the skin.

Blackheads are small blemishes that look like black dots. How they differ from whiteheads is that the are open and they break through the skin’s surface while whiteheads sit below it. Blackheads and whiteheads are comedones – which means your pore is clogged with skin cells and oils.

Papules are the next step for whiteheads and blackheads. This is when the clogged pore becomes inflamed. You will know this when your acne appears swollen and red (pimples that have no head). They are small to medium size and cause irritation of the skin. Treatment needs to work on calming and smoothing the skin for best results.

Pustules have a full pus head. The head can show pus that is white or yellowish. They can also be painful to the touch. Squeezing them can cause scarring and should be avoided unless done by a skin care professional.

If you suffer from a full face of large, inflamed red pimples or a combination of the above, you have what is known as cystic or sever acne. This condition may cause severe and permanent skin damage if left untreated. No topical cream or over-the-counter medication will work. Medical-grade treatment is the best option.

Due to increased hormone fluctuations, adult acne tends to affect women more commonly. However men tend to suffer from a condition called Folliculitis (when beard hair becomes trapped in the follicle, leading to an inflammatory response and acne lesions).

In the case of Folliculitis, specific spot treatments can be performed on persistent and inflamed acne lesions. A discussion about laser hair reduction may also be advisable to help thin out thick beards where Folliculitis is more of a chronic condition.

Book a Smooth Skin Health Consultation today to learn more about your options.

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