Give Those Zits the Star Wars Treatment
- Posted on: Mar 7 2016
With the crazy success of the latest Star Wars movie, it’s easy to think of lasers as blasters or weapons on the Millennium Falcon. But what if we turned those lasers away from the Stormtroopers and onto those blemishes on your teenager’s face? The result would be laser acne treatments at Northcoast Laser and the success would be very exciting to your teen.
Laser acne treatments are a dramatically different way to address and treat acne. Research shows that lasers are safe and effective when treating acne on the face, chest, or back. And they come with none of the side effects of current treatments — seriously dry skin, severe redness, even mental depression.
What causes acne?
Acne basically comes down to the sebaceous glands, which are found at the bottom of the hair follicles. These glands produce oil to keep the skin and hair lubricated. But during puberty, raging hormones get the body to create too much oil in the sebaceous glands. Cells adjacent to these glands are continually shedding and are pushed to the surface up the hair follicles. When oil production is too extensive, blockage occurs in the follicle and whiteheads and blackheads form. Also the propionbacterium acnes (p.acnes) bacteria, which live on the skin normally, grow more rapidly in the clogged pores, causing inflammation and the release of pus. The combination results in everything we know as acne.
How does NorthCoast Laser treatment work?
Our lasers have a two-fold effect on acne. First, we set the wavelength of the light to target the p.acnes bacteria. The laser energy kills much of the bacteria and inhibits its ability to multiply. The laser energy also slows down the overactive sebaceous gland production of oil.
How long does it take?
We typically recommend five weeks of treatment, with patients coming in for two treatments each week. Obviously, every case is unique, so this may vary. Sessions take around 30 minutes.
Let’s zap those zits with our acne laser treatments. Call us at 440-NEW-FACE to schedule your teenager.
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