Acne scars have long challenged dermatologists who treat patients with severe acne. Over the years, doctors have used excision, punch grafts, dermabrasion and chemical peels to remove acne scars. Unlike acne laser treatments, these treatments for acne, bring results which vary from person to person. Now doctors have additional tools when performing an acne laser treatment such as pulsed laser technology, dye technology and carbon dioxide laser vaporization. All of these additions to acne laser therapy target improved technology – significantly increase the procedures success. Application of both carbon dioxide laser vaporization and dye technology can significantly reduce the thickness of ance scars, and can discolor reddened scars so that they match the natural skin tone, thus making them much less noticeable. For optimal success in acne laser treatment, doctors recommend patients com in for a pre screening.
In a prescreen appointment, the doctor can then categorize the type of acne and the actual scars themselves, and are then able to prognose the best therapy for that patient. Six to eight weeks after the acne laser therapy, the patient should be examined again. At this point, the doctor would decide whether or not a second acne treatment is necessary. Acne light therapy has now been intriduced as an alternative to acne laser therapy. Acne light therapy seeks to mimic the action of the sun. Acne patients already derive some benefit from exposure to small amounts of sunlight. During the summer months, acne patients find that their skin swells and begins to exfoliate. Blue light therapy helps the skin exfoliate and kills the bacteria that causse acne. Despite popular belief, blue light therapy does not expose the patient to UV light. A patient who undergoes blue light acne therapy does not have to remain under the light for an extended amount of time.
A typical blue light therapy session lasts 15 minutes. A patient receiving blue light therapy can expect approximately 8 sessions over a four week period. Pulsed light and heat energy therapy provides another option for acne patients. Patients with nodulocystic acne, for example, should consider using pulsed light and heat therapy as opposed to acne laser treatment and blue light therapy as nodulocystic acne does not always respond well to those treatments. During pulsed light and heat therapy a combination of pulses (some caused by light and others caused by heat) hit regions of the skin affected by acne. The pulses kill acne-causing bacteria. In addition, they may decrease the level of sebum production in the skin, thereby dimishing the magnitude or further acne flareups. Overall, acne laser therapy is fast becoming a common practice as an acne treatment for people who want scar removal in a more efficient, non traditional way.