Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Do Lasers Work To Acne Cures For Adults ??

What it is ?
Laser therapy is aimed at preventing run-of-the-mill zits (papules and pustules), and appears to be less effective with non-inflammatory acne (whiteheads and blackheads) and severe lesions (cysts and nodules). Lasers, much like at-home light devices, work on the premise of exciting compounds called porphyrins, which live inside acne bacteria When the lasers excite the porphyrins, they damage the bacteria wall, effectively killing the bacteria Less acne bacteria should help reduce symptoms of acne. 
Laser treatment for acne cures for adults requires trips to the doctor’s office, and costs $200-$500 per treatment. Doctors usually recommend three treatments for acne cures for adults, about a month apart, and some doctors recommend more treatments, and sometimes more frequently. The kinds of lasers that doctors use on acne patients include Diode, Pulsed Dye, and Pulsed Light and Heat Energy (LHE), as well as a new “vacuum” laser called Isolaz Doctors sometimes apply ALA (5-aminolevulinic acid) prior to laser treatment. ALA makes the skin more sensitive to light, and may help produce more porphyrins within bacteria.

Does it work for acne cures for adults?

Several studies attempting to gauge laser effectiveness exist, however, these studies are almost all small cohort (just a few people), often lack split face design (compare one side of the face to the other), tend to lack long follow up (so it’s hard to tell if results last), and often employ no controls. Still, almost all of the studies show at least some improvement in acne cures for adults symptoms. Consensus amongst researchers is that results are temporary since colonies of acne bacteria grow back quickly. Results are also incomplete, meaning lasers alone usually do not completely clear acne. The studies show anywhere from 37% clearance to 83%.

What is Side effects?

Some patients experience pain during treatment. Most people report redness after treatment as well as some inflammation and skin peeling. ALA treatment may cause skin darkening and/or folliculitis (inflammation of hair follicles), and requires absolute avoidance of sunlight for 30 hours after treatment to minimize such effects.

Bottom line:

At this time, it’s hard to say whether lasers are worth the time and effort, and if so, which lasers are better than others. Since insurance rarely if ever covers such procedures, patients need to weigh the cost/benefit ratio. For my money, I prefer to use a properly applied benzoyl peroxide regimen. Benzoyl peroxide kills 99.9% of bacteria, and does so reliably and consistently. Plus, since lasers do not completely clear acne, doctors often recommend topical treatment alongside laser therapy. I figure since my regimen keeps me completely clear without lasers, I’m all set.

The Holy Grail

 When you delve deeply into literature on lasers and acne, you find one study where researchers combined long duration ALA exposure with intense laser therapy.Preliminary results from this studiy points toward potential long term damage to sebaceous (oil) glands. Since acne cannot exist without sebaceous glands, this research is intriguing. Unfortunately, most patients in these trials experienced skin darkening and/or folliculitis. Still, this is an area well worth further investigation.

Good Luck ..

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