There are many types of acne. The most common is called acne vulgaris.Just beneath the surface of the skin lie hundreds of tiny glands called sebaceous glands. Their function is to collect and excrete the oily substance called sebum to keep the skin healthy. The tiny pathway for the sebum to escape often becomes clogged, and a bacterium called p. acnes grows inside. In a short time, the area swells up with inflammation and forms a pimple on the skin. Some individuals live with merely clogged pores referred to as comedonal acne; some with red bumps, called inflammatory/cystic acne and many with both.
There are many treatments for moderate acne including creams, washes, and oral medications. Unfortunately, many patients cannot tolerate the common side effects and limitations of available treatments such as topical irritation and dryness, gastrointestinal difficulties, and antibiotic resistance. If mild to moderate acne is not responding to medications or there are reasons that you cannot be on these medications, then laser therapies may be right for you.
Dr. Frank featured on CBS News speaking about Acne Treatments
Isolaz™ is quick, easy and virtually painless. Many patients have found their skin feels tighter and has a healthy radiant glow immediately following Isolaz™ therapy. Isolaz™ is a revolutionary way to help you have a radiant, clear complexion.
Isolaz™ Is A Breakthrough Technology Because It Is:
- The only FDA system cleared to treat comedonal (black head/white head) acne.
- The only system that purifies and cleans your pores from the inside.
- The only system that combines vacuum and laser to help reduce acne causing bacteria.
- Isolaz™ show results within 24-48 hours, including pore size, reduced redness, reduction of skin discoloration and immediate drying/flattening of the blemishes*.
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Photodynamic Therapy (Kerastik) for Acne
Photodynamic therapy (PDT) decreases the p.acnes bacteria in your skin, decreases sebum production and provides long term improvement of inflammatory or cystic (not comedonal) acne.
The treatment utilizes a drug, called Levulan ALA, to specifically target inflammatory acne at its root. Levulan has been used in the skin for decades to treat severe sun damage and skin cancers in adults. The product, called Kerastick, is applied topically (directly on the skin) and allowed to absorb for approximately 1 hour into the sebaceous glands of the skin. A light or laser source is then used to “photo-activate” the Levulan ALA and thus directly affect and “smart bomb” the hair follicle and sebaceous glands. In addition, the laser up-regulates the production of collagen causing significant improvements in scars and textural abnormalities.
The laser treatment itself takes approximately 10 minutes*. Patients may feel mild stinging or burning when the skin is exposed to the light or laser source. Afterwards, there is mild to moderate redness can persist from 0-2 days, like a mild sunburn*. For about 24 hours after treatment patients must avoid direct sunlight*. Patients usually require 2-3 treatments spaced by 3 week intervals to see significant improvement (80% or greater) that will last for months at a time*. Depending on the severity of the condition, the number and strength of the required treatments will vary*.
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