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Struggling with active acne or acne scars? Have you tried everything with NO RESULTS? We have the solution you are looking for! With today’s advanced Laser Technology there is no reason to be self conscious about Active Acne or Acne Scars. The most common cause of acne is excess sebum (oil from the sebaceous glands) and bacteria which clog the follicles. The Medlite C-6 laser treats active acne by killing acne-causing bacteria, shrinking the sebaceous gland resulting in decreased oil or sebum production, and eliminating the debris clogging the follicles. This, combined with the skin rejuvenating properties of laser skin treatments, results in acne clearing, a refreshed appearance, smoother skin texture, and a more even skin tone. Additionally, since the laser stimulates the production of collagen, the treatments improve the appearance of acne scars.
What is Active Acne?
Acne is the term for plugged pores (blackheads and whiteheads), pimples, and even deeper lumps (cysts or nodules) that occur on the face, neck, chest, back, shoulders and even the upper arms. Acne affects most teenagers to some extent. However, the disease is not restricted to any age group; adults in their 20s – even into their 40s – can get acne. While not a life threatening condition, acne can be upsetting and disfiguring. When severe, acne can lead to serious and permanent scarring. Even less severe cases can lead to scarring.
Results From the Medlite C6 Laser Treatments
There is no recovery period or “down-time” with this treatment – you can return to your normal activities. Immediately following a treatment your skin may have a mild to moderate sunburn-like redness which usually fades within 1 – 2 hours, but may persist for several hours. Initially, your acne may seem to worsen following a treatment but will resolve more quickly than usual. With each successive treatment you should see a decline in the number and severity of acne lesions as well as an overall improvement in the appearance of your skin.
Types of Active Acne
When you read about acne or other skin diseases, you encounter words or phrases that may be confusing. For example, the words used to describe the lesions of acne – comedo, papule, nodule, macule, pustule and cyst
Comedo (plural comedones) – A comedo is a sebaceous follicle plugged with sebum, dead cells from inside the sebaceous follicle, tiny hairs, and sometimes bacteria. When a comedo is open, it is commonly called a blackhead because the surface of the plug in the follicle has a blackish appearance. A closed comedo is commonly called a whitehead; its appearance is that of a skin-colored or slightly inflamed “bump” in the skin. The whitehead differs in color from the blackhead because the opening of the plugged sebaceous follicle to the skin’s surface is closed or very narrow, in contrast to the distended follicular opening of the blackhead. Neither blackheads nor whiteheads should be squeezed or picked open, unless extracted by a dermatologist under sterile conditions. Tissue injured by squeezing or picking can become infected by staphylococci, streptococci and other skin bacteria. The following photos are characteristic of acne with comedones.
Papule – A papule is defined as a small (5 millimeters or less), solid lesion slightly elevated above the surface of the skin. A group of very small papules and micro-comedones may be almost invisible but have a “sandpaper” feel to the touch. A papule is caused by localized cellular reaction to the process of acne. This photo shows papules and comedones on the face of an acne patient.
Nodule – Like a papule, a nodule is a solid, dome-shaped or irregularly-shaped lesion. Unlike a papule, a nodule is characterized by inflammation, extends into deeper layers of the skin and may cause tissue destruction that results in scarring. A nodule may be very painful.
Macule – A macule is the temporary red spot left by a healed acne lesion. It is flat, usually red or red-pink, with a well defined border. A macule may persist for days to weeks before disappearing. When a number of macules are present at one time they can contribute to the “inflamed face” appearance of acne. This photo shows the “red face” appearance of acne with macules.
Pustule – A dome-shaped, fragile lesion containing pus that typically consists of a mixture of white blood cells, dead skin cells, and bacteria. A pustule that forms over a sebaceous follicle usually has a hair in the center. Acne pustules that heal without progressing to cystic form usually leave no scars. This photo shows pustules, papules and comedones on the face of an acne patient.
Cyst – A cyst is a sac-like lesion containing liquid or semi-liquid material consisting of white blood cells, dead cells, and bacteria. It is larger than a pustule, may be severely inflamed, extends into deeper layers of the skin, may be very painful, and can result in scarring. Cysts and nodules often occur together in a severe form of acne called nodulocystic. Systemic therapy with isotretinoin is sometimes the only effective treatment for nodulocystic acne.