About my condition
Acne is an inflammatory disorder of the skin follicle caused by abnormal sebum production, infection and hormonal influence. Some adult acne, acne-like spots can also be due to papulopustular rosacea which may, in fact, be mistaken simply as acne.
Acne requires a medical assessment by our skin doctors and discussion of the range of treatment options best suited for you.
How does this treatment work
Recognised medical literature has shown that blue light wavelengths emitted from the laser can reduce the bacteria on the skin responsible for the infective component of acne.
After your active acne treatments, your Doctor may also prescribe other laser treatments aimed to reduce any acne hyperpigmentation or scarring.
What happens on the day
If your doctor has prescribed a laser treatment, you will need to sign a consent form, have photographs taken for your medical records, remove makeup and you will be given protective eyewear. A Doctor or laser trained nurse, under the supervision of your Doctor will perform the treatments. After the treatment, most people might have mild redness and a cool pack and cooling gel will be applied to reduce any heat or discomfort. Most people can return to work or home.
Risks, side effects, precautions
- Discomfort - varies for people. From a stinging sensation to a rubber band snap. May last up to an hour for some people. A vast majority of people tolerate discomfort however for others we have topical anaesthetic and laughing gas on site.
- Redness – usually resolves 24-48 hours.
- Damage to natural skin texture - crusting which can take up to 5-10 days to heal.
Less common but important to know about :
- Change of pigmentation - more common problem in darker skin types or if sun exposure before or after the treatment (hyperpigmentation can fade in 3 months but hypopigmentation may last longer).
- Scarring - extremely rare more likely in those with keloid scarring tendency.
- Excessive swelling especially around eyes – temporarily swelling resolves in few hours – 7 days.
- Bruising – rare. Fades over a month.
- Burns – small chance. Unlikely especially if you perform test patches.
How many treatments suggested
About 3 approximately 2-4 weeks apart.
Suitable skin types
Minimal. Discomfort maximum 1 hour. Redness resolves over 1-2 days. Makeup ok to wear after.
- Sun avoidance minimum 2 weeks before and after treatments.
- SPF50+ sun protection for 1 month after treatment.
- No fake tan 2 weeks prior.
- Ensure you tell your doctor if you take any photosensitizing medications such as doxycycline (often prescribed for acne or malaria prevention), St Johns Wart, RoaccutaneTM, Retinoic Acid topical creams.
- Herpes Simplex Virus.
How do I start
A doctor is required to prescribe a laser treatment. If you would like to discuss whether a laser treatment is suitable for your skin condition, please make an appointment to see one of our Skin Doctors who will fully assess and advise you about your skin condition, treatment options and suitability of your skin for laser/IPL treatments. Acne is often complex and requires a medical, dermatological and laser team approach. At the end of your treatment course, our skin doctors will assess your improvement.