Acne is a common, if not the most common, skin disorder among teenagers and young adults. It is a chronic inflammatory disease of the hair follicles and oil glands in our skin. Although most commonly active on the face, acne can also be located in areas where there are a high number of oil glands such as the chest and back. If left untreated, acne can lead to permanent damage and scarring which can be detrimental to a person’s quality of life. Treatment for acne is focused on dealing with the cause of the acne – controlling oil and bacteria. The best way to manage acne is via a multifaceted approach which includes medications, peels, facials and various innovated light and laser therapies among others. Anyone with a history of acne problems will tell you that one of the worse parts about acne is the scarring. There are 2 types of scars that are most commonly seen due to acne – post inflammatory hyperpigmentation and deep acne scars. Post inflammatory hyperpigmentation involves a temporary change of skin color at the area of damage or inflammation, in this case- acne. Usually we will see red, brown, or black spots of hyperpigmentation. This discoloration of the skin is temporary and will fade away in time.
The great potential of long-pulsed 1064 Nd:YAG laser light is derived from its capability to penetrate deep into the skin to thermally and selectively destroy overactive sebaceous glands  and reduce acne inflammation. In addition to its thermal penetration effects, the 1064 nm Nd:YAG also accelerates the healing process and stimulates collagen remodeling, an important step in the long-term treatment of acne. There are also a few reports about long-pulsed 1,064-nm Nd:YAG laser increasing the dermal collagen in association with the increased expression of transforming growth factor beta TGF-β.
Omega Light Therapy
Laser therapies using various wavelengths were considered in response to a need of alternative treatment options. The laser treatments are based on two mechanisms of action. Medical devices with blue to red light destroy Propionibacterium acnes by absorption of endogenous porphyrins produced by P.acnes resulting in a cytotoxic effect on the bacteria. The other mechanism is as mentioned above through the action of NdYag laser.
Fractional Resurfacing CO2 laser
Carbon Dioxide Laser is a form of laser resurfacing treatment used to reduce deep acne scars and other facial skin imperfections. The procedure includes laser pulses placing tiny holes in skin. Damaged skin tissue is removed from the skin selectively, resulting in the surrounding skin to stay intact. This form of treatment shortens the duration of time taken to heal in addition to stimulating the production of new collagen naturally and plumping the skin from below thus reducing or reversing the effects of photo-aging.
Dermaroller/Dermapen or skin needling is referred to as Collagen Induction Therapy (CIT) and Micro-Needling is aimed at stimulating the body’s own collagen production to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, stretch marks, skin laxity and scarring such as that caused by acne or chicken pox. It has also been successfully applied for hair restoration in cases of hair loss.
Acne can be unsightly and uncomfortable, and severe acne can terribly affect a person’s self-esteem. Acne problems can be addressed by performing chemical peel, these include several different types of acne chemical peels and acne scar peel procedures.
Chemical peel refers to a chemical that can be used to dissolve the outer layers of skin cells to improve the skin’s appearance and to achieve varying levels of skin rejuvenation. Although it is commonly used on the face, chemical peels can also be applied to the skin on your neck or hands, depending on where you would like to see improvement on the appearance. A chemical peel is one of the least invasive ways to improve the appearance of the skin.
It can help to improve:
- Age and liver spots
- Acne or acne scars
- Fine lines and wrinkles
- Irregular skin pigmentation
- Sun-damaged skin
- Rough skin and scaly patches
- We use combinations of glycolic acid, trichloroacetic acid (TCA), salicylic acid and Jessner’s peel of which comes in different strength. Our doctor will determine which peel suits you the best with minimal downtime and effective results.