For people dealing with it, acne can be quite painful. From the swollen, irritated, and sore cysts and pustules to the embarrassment of a major breakout, the condition of acne interrupts your daily life.
According to the American Academy of Dermatologists, acne impacts 50 million Americans annually. While the majority of those affected by acne are between the ages of 12 and 24, acne can continue to bother you beyond young adulthood, even into your 40s.
Putting an end to your acne can definitely boost your self-esteem and help you feel like yourself again. At Love Your Body Medical Spa in Las Vegas, Nevada, Divina Averilla, MD, uses the latest in laser technology to help her patients realize clear, smooth skin.
Laser treatment for acne has proved to be the most effective way for many to finally get relief from this difficult skin condition. Here’s how they can help you.
Causes of acne
There are a few different triggers when it comes to acne, but the most common is an overproduction of oil (sebum) and cells inside your skin’s follicles. When this occurs, your pores become blocked, trapping the oil, skin cells, and dirt along with the natural bacteria found on your skin.
Your body’s natural immune response to this invasion triggers swelling and inflammation. Whiteheads, blackheads, and pimples develop. Although the most common signs of acne are whiteheads and blackheads, other types of skin eruptions include:
- Papules: small, red, inflamed bumps caused by infected hair follicles
- Pustules: pus-filled skin eruptions
- Cysts: painful, pus-filled bumps or lumps felt underneath your skin
- Nodules: solid, painful lumps beneath your skin
The overproduction of sebum is typically spurred on by hormonal shifts. That’s why acne is common among those entering puberty and women who are menstruating, and it sometimes returns as one of the many conditions related to menopause.
Laser treatments work to clear your skin
The best way to treat acne is to eliminate the source of inflammation: the bacteria. Topical treatments work for a short time, but the bacteria returns and the oil glands continue to overproduce sebum. Overuse of topical products can damage your delicate skin, too, causing even more problems.
Because bacteria are sensitive to specific kinds of light, lasers are especially effective in destroying your acne-causing bacteria. Lasers work to shrink your oil glands, reducing the amount of pore-clogging oil being produced.
And laser treatments also cause blood vessels to dilate, which lessens the swelling around your pimples while reducing redness and the appearance of inflammation. Lasers really can improve the look and feel of your skin.
Within 7-10 days following your laser treatment, you begin to notice a new, fresh appearance to your complexion. Minor discomfort disappears, and you may even realize a self-confidence that had been missing.
Your laser treatment specialist
Dr. Averilla and her caring support team understand just how devastating recurring acne can be. If you or your child are tired of being plagued by acne, let’s do something about it.
If you’d like to know more about laser treatments for acne — or laser treatment to diminish the scarring caused by previous bouts of acne — contact our office today either by calling or using the online appointment request tool.