Active Acne Laser Treatments
There are many options for patients with active acne or acne scarring. These treatments range from utilizing IPL (Intense Pulsed Light) and skin products to diminish the active acne to treating the leftover scarring with Microneedling to simply using prescription strength products to clear active breakouts and prevent future ones.
Active acne, depending on its severity can be treated with a basic skin care routine, IPL treatments or even chemical peels. Progress MD carries intensive, but easy to maintain, daily skin care products called Prescribed Solutions. The basics are a cleansing face wash, a daily moisturizer and to combat active acne our physician will prescribe a serum with an added acne booster to assist with any active acne. If this line does not suite your skin needs Progress MD also carries Body Dynamics Skin Drink skin care which, like Prescribed Solutions, is easy to maintain but is not as intense as the Prescribed Solutions. It is more of a natural and organic line of skin care but it does offer quite a few products that successfully treat troubled skin.
If you are content with your skin products or just want to get a jump start on treatment, IPL sessions or chemical peels may be a good option. IPL is used to kill the bacteria in the skin that promotes breakouts. Using IPL will diminish the amount of active breakouts a person may experience which will in turn make it easier to then assess the damage of the acne itself and begin treatment on any leftover scarring. Chemical peels are also a great option to work on any superficial or deep clean up of the skin. There are three basic levels of chemical peels when it comes to their effectiveness. The first level is a superficial peel which targets the active acne and shed cells on the surface. They also have anti-inflammatory properties and can help temporarily reduce skin oil secretions which will prevent new breakouts from forming. The second level is a moderate peel which treats the active acne as well as light scarring. Moderately penetrating chemical peels normally use trichloroacetic acid (TCA) in 35-50% strength, which penetrates more deeply into the skin than superficial peels. TCA causes peeling of deeper layers of the skin and increases production of collagen, elastin, and other proteins which give skin its elasticity.
- Length of Appt.: Varies on treatment
- Sessions Needed: 3 to 6
- Check Up Appt.: N/A
- Medical Clearance Needed: Yes
- Results: After 1st session
- Painful: None-Mild
- Recovery: None
- Lasts: Permanent
- Purpose: Diminish the appearance of acne scarring and help reduce the amount of active acne
- Indications: Varies on treatment
- Contraindications: Cannot have been on Accutane for the past year