Laser and Light Therapy for Acne

You probably don’t immediately associate lasers and LED light with clear skin, but you may want to reconsider. The technology behind laser and light therapy has come a long way in the past several years. Today, more and more patients are seeking these treatments to improve conditions like acne, eczema, hyper pigmentation, rosacea, and aging, as well as smooth and fill wrinkles, correct small facial imperfections, and give skin a lift.

Everyone’s skin concerns are different, of course, and there isn’t one laser or light treatment that works on them all. Here we explain the different types of lasers and light therapies that are used to treat a range of acne concerns, including pimples, blackheads, whiteheads, and acne cysts.

LED Light Therapy

First, a short science lesson: LED stands for light-emitting diodes. Developed by NASA, it works by delivering energy-packed beams of light into the dermis layer of the skin, energizing the cells responsible for collagen and elastin production. This in turn builds up collagen in the dermis layer, plumping up aging skin and reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. LED also treats mild to moderate acne by killing the bacteria responsible for breakouts.

There are several kinds of LED light, known by their colors. For acne, we recommend a mix of blue and red LED light devices. Blue light LED works by killing acne bacteria beneath the skin’s surface, while red light LED stimulates the fibroblasts that produce collagen, which heals acne lesions and is what gives skin its youthful, plump look.

Our microcurrent lift uses red LED diodes to increase collagen production five-fold. It targets face and neck muscles and tightens and tones the facial contours. We also offer a highly effective combination of LED therapy and microcurrent lifting, which combines the benefits of both procedures for spectacular results.

All LED treatments are painless, relaxing, have no downtime, and safe for nearly everyone. We recommend using them in a series for optimal results after determining whether it’s a good fit for your skin.

Laser and Broad Band Light Therapy

Lasers are another extremely popular treatment for skin rejuvenation, tightening, resurfacing, and removing brown spots and broken capillaries. During the treatment, a doctor or laser technician uses a direct beam of radiation to penetrate the deeper levels of the skin to create a reaction. Besides acne, laser treatments can address a variety of skin concerns, including unwanted hair, uneven pigmentation, and spider veins.

 How does it work? Using a high-powered, direct beam of intense light, lasers zero in on and destroy unwanted spots on the skin. During a laser resurfacing treatment, a popular option for severe acne and scarring, a doctor or laser technician aims short, concentrated beams of light at irregular skin, removing layers of skin.

Photodynamic therapy (PDT) is another popular laser treatment for those with severe acne or precancerous skin lesions, often called actinic keratosis. During the process, a solution is applied to skin that makes it more sensitive to light. After the solution sits on the skin for a period of time, the doctor or laser technician uses a laser or light device to treat the condition.

We’re pleased to offer you an initial consultation at no cost. During your consult, our team of experts will work with you to develop a trusting relationship and customized skin care plan that will deliver you the best possible results. Book your appointment and learn more about the various laser and light therapy options available.

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