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Laser and Light Therapies for Acne

New, state-of-the-art lasers and other light treatments have revolutionized the treatment of acne. Lasers and light therapies emit an intense beam of light at a specific wavelength that acts upon particular components of the skin.

Some laser and light systems are designed to damage the sebaceous glands so that they produce less sebum (oil). Other laser and light therapies are designed to damage the P. acnes bacteria that infect the sebaceous glands and cause them to become inflamed.

Most laser and light-based therapies reach the deeper layers of skin where acne lesions start without harming the skin's surface. Laser and light therapies also improve the skin's texture and lessen the appearance of acne scars.

Types of Laser and Light Treatments for Acne

Side Effects and Safety

There are rarely any permanent problems with laser therapy. Occasionally some lightening of the skin occurs that usually resolves.

Some laser treatments can be painful, however the pain is well controlled. Other treatments, such as blue light therapy, cause no pain.

Because lasers produce an intense bright beam of light, everyone in the treatment room is required to wear protective eyewear.