Light and Laser Treatments can be very effective treatments for both active acne and acne scars. There are many types of Light and Laser (L&L) Treatments. Each individual treatment uses a different laser or high-intensity light source to treat a specific problem associated with acne. There are L&L treatments available for people with acne and acne scars of every severity. Here, we have separated L&L treatments into two main categories: L&L Treatments for Active Acne and L&L Treatments for Acne Scars.
L&L Treatments for Active Acne are well-suited for people who do not want to take systemic medications, or for people who may be sensitive to specific medications (eg. pregnant women). L&L Treatments for Active Acne can be combined with many other types of acne treatment (eg. Pharmaceutical, Naturopathic, OTC, etc) as part of a comprehensive acne treatment plan. This section discusses the L&L Treatments that can be used to treat active acne symptoms.
Light and Laser treatments for Acne Scars can be an excellent option for every type of acne scarring. Powerful ablative lasers can be used to break up scar tissue and repair damage from significant acne scars. Laser systems (C02, Er:YAG, Nd:YAG) are all excellent options for ablative therapies that treat moderate to severe acne scarring. Newer fractional laser systems (eg. Fraxel) can provide comparable cosmetic benefits, but with fewer side effects.
Non-invasive Light and Laser treatments are available for mild acne scars and skin pigmentation problems. Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) can be very effective for treating areas of uneven skin pigmentation. Red Light Phototherapy is an experimental, non-invasive treatment that uses high intensity red light to stimulate tissue repair and collagen regrowth in the skin. These L&L systems can be found in many spas and dermatology clinics. This section discusses the Light and Laser Treatments available for the treatment and repair of acne scars.