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Ipl Acne Treatment
Acne scarring after comedonal spots. Just red marks, not pitted type scars. One session of IPL, only about half gone. go for another treatment or what?
Acne is one of the most common skin conditions. It affects about 80% of adolescents. Acne starts as a blockage of the sebaceous glands followed by inflammation. It occurs in areas where there are lots of sebaceous glands, such as the face back and chest. The hallmarks of the condition are blackheads, whiteheads (closed comedones), papules, pustules, cysts, nodules, and sometimes scarring. There are numerous treatments available, both topical and systemic. The most commonly used are benzoyl peroxide, retinoids, and antibiotics ...Read more
Yes: Blue light with aminolevulenic acid can work in some patients. Not sure about how your insurance may pay for it but i feel some patients do well with it. Often i will suggest it for a patient who might need accountant but they either don't want to go that route or cannot go that route. ...Read more
Pain with Acne Light: It depends on whether levulan chemical is used. The chemical will make it more uncomfortable, but probably make the treatment work better. The treatment will also work without the medicine. It creates oxygen in the glands, which is toxic to the bacteria. It is a good adjunctive treatment, but nothing beats Isotretinoin for long-term resolution of acne. ...Read more
For severe cases: Accutane is a very strong but very effective drug for acne. It has potential serious side effects and requires close monitoring. That said, i know multiple patients who have had phenomenal improvements with Accutane that say they would do the treatment over. I recommend you see a local dermatologist for a consultation and more information. ...Read more