Although acne is one of the most common skin conditions, experienced by people throughout the world, it can also be one of the most troubling. Not only can active acne look and feel unpleasant but it can also leave scars that act as a lasting reminder of this confidence-draining condition.
A number of treatment options exist for treating acne and acne scars – some are more effective than others, and individual responses can vary widely.
Laser treatments are now part of the growing arsenal of treatments attempting to banish acne. Laser therapy works particularly well when preventing the papules and pustules associated with acne but may be less effective with non-inflammatory acne and severe lesions. As every case is different, it’s important to speak to an experienced dermatologist and laser treatment practitioner to get their advice about your individual case.
How do laser treatments work when it comes to tackling acne and acne scars?
Using lasers we are able to direct a controlled energy into the skin. This energy excites specific compounds in your skin called porphyrins, which live inside acne bacteria. Once heated, the porphyrins damage the bacteria wall, killing it. This means that with less acne bacteria in your skin, you should see a significant reduction in your acne symptoms.
Laser treatments can also help to reduce your skin oil levels – known as sebum – which can also be beneficial for acne sufferers.
Another benefit of laser treatments is that, by using a fractional CO2 laser, we are able to remove damaged skin cells and stimulate your body’s healing response. This encourages the skin to produce more collagen and elastin, both of which give the skin volume, elasticity and a smoother texture. If you have acne scars, this means that we may be able to reduce the depth and severity of those scars.
The results from laser treatments for acne and acne scarring are not visible overnight. Collagen production takes time but you should notice improvement to your skin over the weeks and months following your treatment.
Depending on your individual case, we may advise you to have laser treatment in combination with other treatments designed to improve the appearance of acne and scarring.
If you would like to know more about laser treatments in London at The Private Laser Skin Clinic for acne or for other skin conditions, or for laser hair or tattoo removal, book a consultation today by calling 0207 435 7521.