Acne is, without a doubt, a troubling and difficult condition to live with. For decades, acne was only treated from the outside. Now with laser and light technology, you can fight it from the inside out beyond typical antibiotics.
For active acne, the QxMAX laser treatment reduces acne activity and inflammation by disabling the oil glands that “feed” acne bacteria. To learn about this exciting innovation in acne treatment, please call La Jolla Cosmetic Laser Clinic at 858-454-2700 today for a complimentary consultation.
How the QxMAX Works to Reduce Acne
Fotona’s high-powered Nd:YAG laser (QxMAX) safely penetrates the skin to a depth that allows destruction and disabling of overactive sebaceous glands. Since the sebaceous glands produce the sebum that acts as a food source for acne bacteria, stopping or minimizing the flow of sebum effectively hinders the entire acne cycle.
The particular wavelength of this laser accelerates the healing process and stimulates collagen, an important step in the long-term treatment of acne and the improvement of scars that may already exist.
Why “Typical” Treatments May or May Not Be Advisable
The usual treatments for acne include a variety of over-the-counter and prescription lotions and solutions that include antibiotics, retinoids and vitamin A derivatives. When topicals work well, further measures aren’t needed.
Some patients benefit from the use of glycolic or salicylic acid peels, but they can cause too much dryness of the skin and irritation. And, for acne that is “raging”, peels are seldom as effective as desired. Accutane-like medications are generally out of favor, except for acne that resists all other efforts. Birth control pills for women are sometimes used to help modify hormone activity, but this carries risks as well.
Antibiotics have been a mainstay in treating acne for decades, but antibiotic resistance has become a serious consideration when using them to treat acne long term. There are other concerns with antibiotic use; women who are being treated with antibiotics risk the reduction of effectiveness of birth control pills, making alternative treatments more attractive.*
The Crux of Control
Although laser may not be the sole solution, in the case of the QxMAX, the disabling of the sebaceous glands can provide a broad improvement in cases of moderate to severe acne. Once the oil glands are no longer producing high levels of oil, there is less opportunity for acne bacteria growth.
Acne is a chronic condition requiring persistent measures to control outbreaks, minimize inflammation and prevent scarring. For a complimentary consultation to discuss your treatment options, please contact La Jolla Cosmetic Laser Clinic by completing the form on this page or calling 858-454-2700 today.