When natural remedies for acne treatment fail, there’s always the option of laser acne treatment. The procedure is one of the most effective ways to treat acne. Don’t worry. It also happens to be the safest, in addition to being painless. Because the lasers are so accurate, the only areas of your face that are affected are the ones suffering from blemishes. Those who undergo this treatment also receive cooling gel as an added bonus. The cooling gel is applied to the treated skin and prevents burning. While the treatment doesn’t hurt, it is recommended that you give yourself a few days after a procedure to recuperate if you’re worried about possible side effects.
For many patients, the treatment feels similar to being hit by a rubber band. Of course the sensations can differ from person to person depending on the sensitivity of the area being treated. Doctors will provide you with anesthetic creams beforehand to help curb any discomfort. The treatment is so popular not only because it’s effective when it comes to getting rid of blemishes, it also has the potential to fill in acne scars and decrease the amount of oil your skin produces, all the while destroying stubborn bacteria. While laser treatment has its perks, it isn’t the solution for everyone.
There are certain skin types and acne conditions that laser treatment is best for. The types of acne that the treatment is most effective on include papules, pustules, whiteheads, and blackheads. When you have large, painful, lesions beneath the skin, that type of acne is classified as either nodular or cystic acne. Nodular acne and cystic acne won’t take to laser treatment as well as other types of acne would, since the wavelengths of the lasers don’t travel that deeply beneath the skin. It’s the wavelength of the laser that determines what substance in your skin it will hone in on. Water attracts some lasers, melanin others. There are even a few lasers that will concentrate on the hemoglobin in the blood, while yet more attack the sebaceous glands in your skin.
Lasers that produce a wavelength of 1450nm are strongly attracted to water and are usually the best lasers to use for getting rid of acne. To get the best results, make sure that the laser used in your treatment is specifically designed for the problem. Some skin types aren’t compatible with this treatment but most will be. Also keep in mind that the treatment won’t be as effective against acne caused by genetic factors. So while laser treatment may work as a long term solution for some, others will have to use multiple procedures (sometimes paired with medicine) in order to keep their results.