Acne is closely associated with the teen years, but it can occur at any age. While the condition is very prevalent among adolescents, it is more common in adults than many people realize, and so there is now a growing demand for ways to treat adult acne. Traditional treatments such as over-the-counter medication are often not as effective on older, thinner skin, so alternative options such as laser therapy are often selected.
Causes of Acne in Adults
Acne is usually the result of overactive sebaceous (oil) glands in the skin. This over-activity is often triggered by fluctuating hormone levels. When the sebaceous glands produce too much sebum, it can get trapped in the pores along with dead skin cells. This is the type of environment in which bacteria will grow, causing the hair follicle to become inflamed and infected, and eventually leading to the formation of pimples.
Laser treatment for acne
When acne is unresponsive to traditional acne medications, a dermatologist will often recommend laser or light therapy. There are several lasers used to treat adult acne. Some of the laser devices that treat acne also provide the added benefit of rejuvenating the face by smoothing wrinkles, and improving skin texture.
Blue Light Laser Therapy
At the Rocheford Plastic surgery in Minneapolis-St. Paul, they utilize the advanced Blue Light laser therapy for the treatment of acne. The high-intensity blue light targets the pimples and destroys the bacteria within the pores. The Blue light treatment can be done on its own or in conjunction with Levulan, which is a photosensitizing agent that helps to minimize pores.
Laser therapy is an effective way to treat stubborn adult acne. It reduces inflammation, and improves the appearance of the skin. It generally takes 2 to 3 treatments for best results.