ACNE LASER TREATMENT FAQ’S
What causes acne?
Many factors contribute to acne but the main ones are hormonal, bacterial and inflammatory disturbances that take place at the level of the oil pore (pilosebaceous unit which is made up of a hair follicle, sebaceous gland, and a hair). In summary, there are four major causes of acne and they are: Overactive oil glands, blockage of the skin pores, activity of normal skin bacteria, and inflammation.
I wash my face several times a day. Why do I still get acne?
Washing alone will not clear up or prevent acne. Washing does, however, help remove excess surface oils and dead skin cells. Many people use all kinds of products, including alcohol-based cleansers, and scrub vigorously, only to irritate the skin further and worsen their acne. Washing the skin twice a day gently with water and a mild soap is usually all that is required. However, acne is actually caused by a variety of biologic factors that are beyond the control of washing. For that reason, you should use appropriate acne treatments for the acne.
Does stress cause acne?
Stress is commonly blamed for the development of acne. Stress can have many physiologic effects on the body, including changes in hormones that may theoretically lead to acne. In some cases the stress may actually be caused by the acne lesions, not the other way around! If the acne is being treated effectively, stress is not likely to have much impact on the majority of people.
I never had acne as a teenager. Why am I now getting acne as an adult?
Usually, acne begins at puberty and is gone by the early 20s. In some cases, acne may persist into adulthood. There are several reasons for this. As females get older, the pattern of changes in hormones may itself change, disposing sebaceous glands to develop acne. Ovarian cysts and pregnancy may also cause hormonal changes that lead to acne. Some women get acne when they discontinue birth control pills that have been keeping acne at bay. Sometimes young women may wear cosmetics that are comedogenic-that is, they can set up conditions that cause comedones to form.
What role does diet play in acne?
Acne is not caused by food. Following a strict diet will not, clear your skin. While some people feel that their acne is aggravated by certain foods, particularly chocolate, colas, peanuts, shellfish and some fatty foods, there is no scientific evidence that suggests food causes or influences acne. Avoid any foods which seem to worsen your acne and, for your overall health, eat a balanced diet–but diet shouldn’t really matter if the acne is being appropriately treated.
Does the sun help acne?
There is no proven effect of sunlight on acne. In addition, ultraviolet light in sunlight increases the risk of skin cancer and early aging of the skin. It is, therefore, not a recommended technique of acne management, especially since there are many other proven forms of treatment for acne. Moreover, many acne treatments increase the skin’s sensitivity to ultraviolet light, making the risk of ultraviolet light exposure all the worse.
What is the best way to treat acne?
Everyone’s acne must be treated individually. At Wade Laser Clinic, our experienced staff will decide which acne skin care treatments will work best for you. In some cases of mild acne scarring, chemical peels may be used in some patients, while microdermabrasion or laser abrasion may benefit others. It is important that the acne be well controlled before any procedure is used to alleviate scarring.
How does IPL acne skin treatment with ELOS™ work?
ELOS™ refers to the process of combining IPL or intense pulsed light with bi-polar RF or radio frequency to produce better safer acne skin care treatment results. The combined bi-polar radio frequency and blue light energies of ELOS™ penetrate skin to precisely target and destroy active-acne causing bacteria, while also slowing excessive sebaceous oil production.
Does it matter what skin type I am in order to be treated for acne with ELOS™?
No. ELOS™ IPL acne skin treatment is an effective and safe treatment for all skin types.
How many acne skin care treatments do I need to have prior to seeing results?
The number of IPL acne treatments will depend on the severity of your acne. During your initial consultation with our skin specialist, the number of treatments will be suggested to you depending on the severity of your acne.
Does IPL acne skin treatment with ELOS™ hurt?
IPL Acne treatment with ELOS™ is a very safe and comfortable treatment. It requires no topical anesthetic and has no downtime. Cooling of the skin surface by applying a soft gel and using a cooling device will help ensure additional comfort and safety during the treatment. After your IPL acne treatment, most patients can return to their normal activities with the use of SPF35 or higher sun protection lotion.