Lasers or Medications for Acne?

The main reason that acne is difficult to treat is that it has multiple causes. Hormones, genetics, oil production, bacteria and skin care all play a...

Acne is a frustrating condition that affects almost everyone. Usually, we think about acne as a temporary problem during our teenage years, but there are many adults who continue to suffer with acne in later life. While it seems that something so common should be easy to treat and get rid of, the reality is that it’s not!

los angeles laser acne treatment before and after pictureslos angeles laser acne treatment before and after picturesThe main reason that acne is difficult to treat is that it has multiple causes. Hormones, genetics, oil production, bacteria and skin care all play a role in acne. This helps to explain why there is no perfect treatment for everyone.

Several over-the-counter products offer some relief. Benzoyl peroxide, for example, kills bacteria living on the skin’s surface. Salicylic acid helps to unclog pores and gently exfoliate. But for many acne sufferers, these just aren’t enough.

Prescription medications target acne-causing bacteria. Oral antibiotics such as minocycline or Keflex work from the inside out to get rid of bacteria on the skin and control inflammation. Creams like Retin-A, Differin, or Tazorac unclog oil glands and slow oil production. Lastly, oral drugs like Accutane work by virtually shutting down oil production. While very effective, Accutane is expensive, potentially harmful during pregnancy, extremely drying, and can cause damage to your liver. Sounds like there should be something effective, but easier, right?

If you’re looking for an alternative treatment for your acne, consider Celibre Medical’s acne laser treatment program. It’s a safe, effective and long-term alternative treatment to the options mentioned above. We’ve designed a program to target the major instigators of acne: it exfoliates, shrinks your oil glands and kills acne-causing bacteria.

First, we use carefully formulated, glycolic acid skin care products to help balance your skin and gently unclog pores. Then, we may recommend our Aramis laser and/or photodynamic therapy which helps decrease oil production. Lastly, we’ll incorporate our Medlite laser, blu-light acne treatments and/or gentle, benzoyl peroxide skin care to kill acne causing bacteria on your skin.

By providing options that target these three major components of the acne equation, we have developed a program fits many patients needs. We can help you take the guesswork out of taking care of your acne and get you on the path to clearer, healthier-looking skin.


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