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Acne treatments - the good news for acne sufferers
While it's never good to suffer from acne, the good news is that specialist acne treatments have advanced significantly in recent years. Treating acne no longer needs to involve a guessing game to figure out which age-old acne myths are true or false. And skin therapy clinics now offer a wide range of treatments for mild to severe acne, targeting both the cause and the effects of the problem.
Today's acne and acne scarring treatments are technologically advanced, using lasers, light and highly sensitive equipment to treat the surface and deeper layers of the skin. Most of the treatments are suitable for virtually anyone with acne or scarring problems, with only minimal side effects that heal quickly. We've outlined some of the most effective acne treatment options below, with links to more details for each one. While some procedures are non-invasive, others involve more invasive techniques, and each is suited to slightly different situations.
If you are considering any of these options, keep in mind that there is never a 'one size fits all' solution, and each treatment must be tailored to the individual. Remember, a professional skin clinic will always ensure you have a thorough consultation before embarking on any treatment.
Microdermabrasion for acne
Microdermabrasion combines a very fine abrasion treatment with gentle suction. This gently removes dead and diseased skin cells and clears blocked pores, so oil build-up will reduce. Once the unwanted cells are removed your skin benefits from improved circulation and more nutrients and oxygen to regenerate it. With repeat treatments your skin becomes noticeably smoother and clearer as healthy skin is established over the top of previously problematic areas.
Photo Dynamic Therapy (PDT) for acne
Photo Dynamic Therapy (PDT) uses alfa levulinic acid (ALA) combined with blue and red light to treat acne and sun damaged skin. First, the ALA is applied to the skin, then light is exposed onto it. The reaction that occurs destroys abnormal and damaged cells, leaving healthy cells to grow and thrive.
PDT is a targeted treatment that acts on damaged or abnormal cells, so in addition to being an effective treatment for mild to severe acne, it can also treat other skin damage, such as sun damage and other skin conditions.
Intense Pulsed Light therapy for acne treatment
Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) therapy is a non-invasive light treatment for acne. It can also be used to treat reddened skin, visible facial blood vessels, sun-damaged skin and pigmentation. It can be used in conjunction when PDT (see above) for enhanced results.
With some of the same approach as PDT, intense pulsed light therapy uses special wavelengths of light to treat damaged and aged skin. These particular wavelengths are absorbed by damaged areas of the skin, minimising the effect on healthy skin cells. This targeted approach is effective and minimises recovery time.
Laser skin resurfacing for acne
Laser skin resurfacing is an effective procedure for treating mild to severe acne scarring. A laser is used to scan over the top of your skin and remove an extremely fine layer of damaged skin. While this is a more invasive procedure than microdermabrasion, it is an extremely effective way to allow your skin to become smooth and promote the production of new healthy skin.
Fraxel laser for acne scarring
Fraxel laser treatment is a laser treatment that penetrates deep into your skin, reaching the middle layer. Thousands of minute laser beams remove damaged skin cells and prompt fresh healthy skin to develop in its place.
Fraxel treatment allows very accurate treatment of acne damage and stimulates collagen production. It is also effective for treating a variety of other skin damage, such as uneven colouring and sun damage. Read on for more information about fraxel laser treatment for acne.
Collagenesis for acne
Collagenesis is an option for just about anyone who has significant acne scarring. Severe acne can leave skin with an uneven appearance, and with 'holes' and thickened areas of skin.
Collagenesis goes a step further than treatments like microdermabrasion and laser resurfacing, by going deeper into the skin and applying medication that penetrates right down into the affected areas. By reaching right into the skin, the medication works to encourage new collagen production, smoothing acne scars.
Virtually anyone of any age with acne scarring can benefit from this procedure.
When considering acne treatments...
The above treatment options can work very effectively to address acne and acne scarring. But bare in mind that each person's skin is highly individual. You should only undertake the above treatments after proper consultation with a professional skin therapist.
In the Melbourne area, The Me Clinic offers a professional, personalised service.