Acne is one of the most common skin conditions in the United States today. Many people believe that acne only affects teenagers, but this is not correct. Acne can also affect adults in their 20s, 30s, and beyond. Many people who did not experience acne when they were teenagers may develop acne as adults.
If you are an adult or a teenager who suffers from acne, we can perform Pulsed Light therapy to help you treat your acne and improve your skin.
What does Pulsed Light therapy treat?
Many patients with acne try to treat their condition with oral or topical medications. These treatments are not always effective. Even when these treatments are effective, they often bring about undesirable side effects.
There are alternatives to oral and topical medications for acne treatment, suitable for acne sufferers of all ages.
At Will Surgical Arts in Frederick County, we use Palomar StarLux pulsed light therapy for acne treatment. The light pulses attack acne-causing bacteria and inhibit future acne breakouts.
You can choose to treat your acne with Pulsed Light therapy if:
- Oral and topical medications have not improved your acne
- You want to treat your acne without the side effects caused by medications
- You want to treat a large area that is hard to treat topically, such as your chest or back.
Pulsed Light therapy is a non-invasive way to treat acne, and it results in a long remission time between treatments, without drug-related side effects.
How is Pulsed Light therapy performed?
During your treatment, a specialist will guide the handpiece of the Palomar StarLux laser over the affected areas. The handpiece emits pulses of light which penetrate your skin. This light kills the acne-causing bacteria in your skin, even the bacteria beneath the surface.
When the hand piece is active, you will notice a flashing light, an audible tone, and a mild sensation on the skin. The laser feels like a rubber band is pulled back gently and snapped against the skin. The majority of patients find this sensation comfortable and not painful.
Your Results Following Pulsed Light Treatment
Immediately following your Pulsed Light treatment, you may experience a mild, sunburn-like sensation and minor swelling. Any sensation or swelling will disappear within 2-24 hours. You can apply a cold gel or ice pack to soothe the treated areas.
After your acne treatment, you may experience an initial flare-up of acne. This also happens when topical or oral medications are used. After your short-term reaction to the laser, you will start to see improvement in your skin. Your existing blemishes will heal, and you should develop fewer new blemishes, since the bacteria that cause acne are not active in your skin.
You will begin to see improvements in your skin 2-3 weeks following your treatment. You may need several acne treatments to ensure long-lasting results. The number of treatments you will need depends on your unique skin.