No matter your age, acne can be a stubborn and discouraging condition to deal with. Hormonal changes can contribute to acne, which is one reason why it can be more common during puberty or parts of the menstrual cycle. That said, no one is safe from acne. If you find yourself struggling to manage it on your own, our team at Lazur La Vie of Nyack, NY, is here to help with our laser acne treatment.
How Does Laser Acne Treatment Work?
Fight Acne at Its Source
Laser acne treatment is light based. It’s able to reach through the skin to target both the bacteria and inflammation that contribute to the appearance of acne. This two-in-one treatment approach can be a very helpful management tool. Destroying the bacteria should reduce the amount of acne, and reducing inflammation should improve the acne’s size and appearance.
What Types of Laser Treatments Are There?
There are two laser acne treatments we provide. Aerolase can treat acne throughout the face and torso, while also improving the appearance of uneven pigmentation. A treatment series of two to four sessions is recommended to get the best possible results.
We also offer Alma Harmony XL Pro. The customization of this laser makes it a very flexible treatment option for a range of needs. Choosing the right laser for you will be easier after a consultation, as we can then base our recommendation on your unique needs.
What Other Skin Conditions Can These Lasers Treat?
The light wavelengths that these lasers use can increase blood flow throughout the treated area. This can help support and accelerate the body’s ability to heal itself. Because of this, lasers have been used to speed up tissue repair and reduce pain. They may even improve vascular activity and nerve function.
Improve Pigmented Lesions
Most adults have some kind of pigmented lesions. These lesions are usually nothing to worry about, but it’s important to rule out skin cancer before seeking out cosmetic treatments. Pigmented lesions can show up as moles, freckles, or birthmarks. Age spots are also common, especially due to aging skin or exposure to the sun.
Lasers are an easy and gentle way to address skin lesions that you’d like to reduce the appearance of.
Prevent Breakouts in the First Place
Being able to treat acne is great, but prevention is even better. If you’re interested in using lasers to prevent breakouts, let us know. We’d be happy to work with you and set up a treatment schedule, so you can help protect your skin from acne before it even happens.
Lasers are able to target areas with higher pigmentation, making them useful for clients who want a more uniform appearance across their skin tone. As the discoloration fades, your skin tone should become more clear and even. Lasers can also be used to encourage collagen production, which can help the skin to produce new, healthier skin cells.
Reduce Pore Appearance
Lasers are an excellent way to firm up the skin. By targeting enlarged pores, we can help reduce the appearance of these pores by tightening them up.
Smooth Out Skin Texture
In addition to improving skin tone, by encouraging healthy circulation and collagen production, skin texture can be improved through laser treatments.
Laser treatment has the specialized ability to target pigment. By targeting scar pigment, this treatment can make scars less noticeable. Acne scars are a common concern. Some acne scars can resolve themselves after a few months, but many patients find themselves dealing with acne scars for years. By improving skin texture and tone, lasers can help.
Why Does Acne Scarring Happen?
Acne is usually the result of bacteria, an imbalance of oil, or an excess of clogged pores. When skin doesn’t properly heal after an acne outbreak, it leaves scars behind due to damaged tissue. Acne that forms deep within the skin is more likely to leave scars behind, which can be flat, indented, or raised.
Other causes for acne scarring can include an overproduction of melanin, or a lack of collagen. Treatments that encourage your skin’s collagen production can be helpful in those cases, as collagen is such a crucial building block of the skin.
Can I Treat Acne Scars at Home?
Some at-home treatments can be helpful, but it really depends on your skin’s reaction and how severe the scars are. It also depends on the quality of what you’re using.
Various exfoliants and creams are often sold under the claim of reducing scars, but you have to be careful what treatments you trust. If you unknowingly buy these treatments from an untrustworthy source, you could damage your skin instead of helping it.
Are There Other Acne Treatments Besides Lasers?
We offer Freedom Skincare, our own line of skincare products. This treatment could even be combined with laser treatment for an especially powerful pairing.
The Benefits of Professional Treatment
It can be tempting to think that at-home treatments will be cheaper and easier. However, you may find yourself in a cycle of buying a range of expensive products as you try to find something that works. Instead of trusting your skin health to an unknown, by seeking out professional help, you can improve your chances at an effective treatment.
Professionals also take their training and reputation seriously. We want each of our patients to be satisfied with their results, and will do everything we can to match you with the right treatment.
What Can I Do To Protect My Acne Treatment Results?
Treatment can help get your skin back on track, but supporting your skin at home can help your treatment achieve greater success.
Have a Routine
You’ll want to develop a skin care routine that is customized for your face. You don’t want to constantly strip your face of moisture, which can cause your skin to overcompensate. You also don’t want oil or dead skin to build up and clog your pores. Both of these scenarios can put you at more risk of acne.
Clean your skin gently, and exfoliate as needed. Don’t neglect to use a good moisturizer either. If you’re struggling to develop a daily cleaning routine, we may be able to give you advice based on the needs of your skin.
Don’t Forget the Toner
Toner can help you go that extra mile and clean out your pores. It may also help your pores look smaller. When pores are packed they can look larger than they actually are. Loss of skin laxity can contribute to this too. Toner may be able to address that while also being a great tool for those with oily skin.
Consider Making Some Adjustments
Some foods can contribute to inflammation. Acne itself is partly inflammatory in nature, so your skin may respond to inflammatory foods. One helpful tip is to listen to your body. If you notice your skin reacts after eating something, you may want to limit foods that contribute to that reaction.
In addition to inflammation, when blood sugar spikes it can cause an increase in sebum production. Sebum is that oily substance you can feel on your skin. With that said, diet changes shouldn’t be taken lightly. Always check with a dietician or doctor before you make changes. Your health is always the most important part of any treatment. After all, the body is interconnected, and keeping your body healthy and well-nourished needs to be the priority.
Stop Picking at It
This is a tough one, but consider that bacteria is one of the main issues when it comes to acne. Now, look at your fingernails. When you pick at acne, you can introduce all sorts of bacteria to your skin and start the cycle all over again. It can also lead to inflammation and put you at risk for acne scars.
Set a Schedule
Sometimes even the best at-home practices won’t offer the results you’re looking for. Some aspects of acne production, like genes, are out of your control. That’s why some patients may benefit from regularly scheduled laser acne treatment appointments, to keep their skin in check.
Learn More About Our Skincare Treatments
Our priority is to help you look and feel your best. During a consultation, we’ll discuss your goals and go over our different treatment options with you. Based on your needs, we’ll be able to recommend the treatment that we believe has the best chance of improving your acne. If you’re ready to learn more, contact us at Lazur La Vie in Nyack, NY, to set up your consultation.