How to get rid of acne scars
Acne can be debilitating. Not only can it be challenging to treat, but acne often leaves behind scars. Rest assured, though, laser treatments can help. When it comes to laser treatments for treating acne scars, you first want to make sure your acne is in remission.
LED and Isolaz treatments are best for treating active acne
The first option for treating active acne is LED therapy. It stands for light-emitting diode, a skin treatment that uses varying wavelengths of light to improve the skin's appearance. Blue light is primarily used to treat inflamed acne and post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation. It's able to penetrate the skin's hair follicles and pores, which harbor bacteria that cause inflammation, leading to pimples.
LED blue light treatments kill acne-causing bacteria, reduce inflammation, decrease pain associated with blemishes, reduce redness, and speed up the healing time of inflamed acne.
Each treatment lasts 30 minutes or less. Typically, to achieve noticeable results, most people undergo four-to-six treatments for mild-to-moderate active inflamed acne, with maintenance appointments every six months. Best of all, blue light therapy has no downtime or side effects.
The second option for treating active acne is the Isolaz Acne Laser. It is the only FDA-approved laser that combines a vacuum with a painless laser to purify pores. Isolaz can treat all forms of acne and clogged pores. It works by helping to loosen and extract dead skin cells, blackheads, and excess oil from deep within the pores. A painless flash of light also goes off during the vacuuming process, destroying acne-causing bacteria and promoting faster healing.
One treatment lasts between 45 and 60 minutes. During the procedure, most people experience a painless, warm sensation similar to a warm massage. After treatment, you can resume normal activities. To achieve noticeable results, four-to-six treatments are recommended.
These two treatments can help put your active acne in remission so that you can tackle improving acne scarring.
Clear + Brilliant is the go-to treatment for shallow acne scars
Clear + Brilliant is a non-invasive laser that gently resurfaces the top layer of the dermis by creating millions of microscopic treatment zones in the skin. It stimulates collagen production and generates healthier tissue, reducing the appearance of shallow-to-moderately shallow acne scarring and discoloration.
A single Clear + Brilliant treatment lasts under 30 minutes. Most patients experience a prickling feeling and an increased sensation of heat during it, but with little-to-no discomfort. To maximize results, you should get a series of treatments spaced a few weeks apart.
CO2 resurfacing is ideal for treating deep-pitted acne scars
CO2 resurfacing is the best way to treat deep-pitted acne scars. It works by vaporizing skin cells damaged at the surface-level, which causes the remaining skin cells to resurface the areas that have been removed from the laser. CO2 resurfacing stimulates an increase in collagen production, reducing the appearance of deep scars.
A CO2 treatment lasts about an hour, and it is considered an invasive procedure. Before the treatment, your skin will be numbed with local anesthetics. But, for extensive resurfacing, you might be sedated. It takes up to two weeks to fully recover from a single treatment. Many patients experience significant results in the three-to-six months following treatment.
IPL treatments reduce hyperpigmentation associated with acne scars
Intense pulsed light (IPL) treatments are minimally invasive and use broad-spectrum light to target a certain color in the skin. When the skin is heated, the body eliminates the unwanted cells. IPL treatments correct uneven pigmentation and redness associated with acne scarring. One thing to note is that IPL treatments only work for those with fairer skin types.
An IPL treatment lasts around 20 minutes. A cold gel will be applied to the target area, and you'll be given protective goggles to wear before your treatment. During treatment, many patients experience discomfort that feels similar to a rubber band being snapped against their skin. IPL treatments typically require little-to-no downtime. Patients experience noticeable results after a series of treatments spaced a few weeks apart.
Choose only the most experienced aesthetic dermatology providers
Whatever your specific acne needs and concerns are, there's definitely a laser treatment that can help! Remember to always go to a very experienced and trusted aesthetic dermatology provider, like LaserAway, where you can talk through your treatment goals in detail with a skilled clinician.