If you’re suffering from acne, you are not alone. In fact, 5.6 million Canadians suffer from this very common skin condition. If you’re affected by acne, you want to consider laser acne treatment. Here are 5 things you don’t know about laser acne treatment.
1. Time of year can make a difference
Laser-treated skin is very sensitive to sun exposure for up to a year after the procedure. Because of the sensitivity the sun can cause, many medical aestheticians and dermatologists recommend undergoing laser treatment in the fall or winter months when daylight hours are shorter, and you spend more time indoors. However, regardless of the time of year, wearing a sunscreen of SPF 30 or higher each day will help keep your laser treatment results looking it’s best as well as protect your skin from cancer and premature aging.
2. Having darker skin tones doesn’t mean you can’t have laser treatments
It is a misconception that laser treatment for acne is only for lighter skin tones. While it is true that laser can pose a risk for cell damage or discoloration, there are safe and effective laser treatment options for those who have darker skin tones. Those who have very dark skin tones may need to consider other options, such as radio-frequency treatments or microneedling (the process of using needles to puncture holes in the skin to trigger the body’s healing process, and to stimulate collagen and produce elasticity).
3. Your medical history is plays an important role
Some medications and conditions, such as cold sores, diabetes and other medical conditions, can affect the outcome of laser treatment. It is always wise to be open and honest with your provider about any medications you are taking or any conditions you may have that could affect the laser treatment results. If you are currently taking any over-the-counter medications, such as aspirin, you will want to tell your medical aestheticianas well. Some over-the-counter medications can increase the risk of bleeding or poor healing after the laser procedure is performed.
4. Different lasers for different skin types
Not all skin types are the same. For this reason, there are several different laser options:
- Erbium Lasers are used for promoting collagen and can treat fine lines, wrinkles and age spots.
- CO2 Lasers are used to treat scars, warts and other skin flaws.
- Pulsed-Dye Lasers help reduce redness, broken capillaries, rosacea and hyperpigmentation.
- Fractional Lasers treat only a fraction of the skin and are used to treat age-related blemishes
- There is recovery time and possibility of multiple treatments
Some laser treatments require 2-3 weeks of healing. Although this doesn’t mean you will need to stay indoors, it does mean that your skin might get red, raw and scab over during the healing process. You may also need to limit certain activities, such as swimming, to avoid the risk of infection. Other than the healing process you may need to have a series of treatments, depending on your specific skin type and condition.
Laser acne treatment is a wonderful way to rid your skin of acne, which in turn rebuilds confidence. If you’re considering laser acne treatments for your acne or skin problems, it is recommended to contact a certified medical aesthetician or dermatologist who can help decide the best laser treatment for your skin and condition