Acne is the most common skin disease, affecting millions of people from preteens to adults worldwide. Despite advances in many medications used to treat acne, many of these drugs have limitations or side effects that make them less than an ideal solution for people with repeated breakouts. For these people and for those looking for a acne treatment that doesn’t rely on long-term use of medicines, laser peel has emerged as a possible alternative.
A laser peel works by targeting different layers of skin, removing super-thin layers of damaged tissue to reveal healthier skin underneath. Laser resurfacing is commonly used to treat acne scarring (as well as wrinkles and sun damage), and it also can be used in some patients to minimize or prevent acne breakouts. Once the damaged superficial layers of skin are removed, new healthy skin begins to form, replacing damaged areas and helping skin look clearer and healthier. Plus, laser treatments can also help shrink enlarged pores, making them less likely to collect dirt and debris that can trigger or contribute to acne flare-ups.
Because acne can be caused by a combination of factors, a laser peel may not be an effective solution for all patients, especially those who smoke. Often, peels are combined with other types of treatments like facials and medication to achieve the best balance and optimal results over time. To find out if a laser peel might be a good fit in your acne treatment regimen, call our office today and schedule a consultation.