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Get smoother skin with laser acne treatment in San Diego

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San Diego Acne Treatment
Acne can be a problem for teenagers and adults. It can cause embarrassment and damage the skin. Located in San Diego, the team at Coastal Skin and Eye Institute offers acne treatment to help patients achieve healthy, glowing skin. Whether you have active breakouts or scarring from previous breakouts, our team can create a custom treatment plan for you.

What is acne and who gets it?

Although acne is most commonly found in teenagers going through the hormonal changes of puberty, adults can get acne as well. For most people, acne improves with age. Unfortunately, it can strike again or even for the first time in adulthood. It is estimated that 35 percent of women in their 30s battle acne. Patients with all skin types can get acne. Common causes of acne include hormonal changes, diet, and stress.

Acne comes in different forms. The most common types of acne requiring attention include:
  • Recurrent acne - This form of acne shows up repeatedly and may last two weeks or longer. You may have tried cleansers and over-the-counter treatments without success.
  • Milia - Although they resemble whiteheads, milia will not pop. This condition forms due to clogged pores and may be the result of poor skin care.
  • Cystic acne - This appears as large, painful spots generally on the face, back, chest, shoulders, and arms. Cystic acne is a common cause of acne scars.
  • Acne scars - Scars can occur from popping pimples and damaging the skin.

When a pimple appears, the skin becomes clogged with bacteria or dead skin cells. With the bacteria trapped, the skin becomes red and inflamed. The area may be sensitive, itchy, or filled with pus. If the pimples burst, the problem can be worsened and may lead to skin infections or breakouts.

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One of the first rules for treating acne is to avoid picking at or popping pimples as it only worsens the problem and may leave a lasting impact or scar. Popping pimples damages the skin forcing the body to stimulate collagen production to repair the damage. However, the new collagen may not be the same as the old. It is thicker than the smooth, flexible skin already present. The new collagen may not blend easily causing the appearance of scars.

Laser acne treatment

Laser acne treatment in San Diego
Preventing breakouts helps lessen the possibility of scarring. Every patient is different. For some a single treatment may work. Others may need a combination of treatments to get smoother, acne-free skin. At Coastal Skin and Eye Institute, we offer topical and oral antibiotics, laser and light therapies, and treatments for acne scars. We will work with you to create a custom plan for your unique needs.

Light therapies kill the bacteria known as Propionibacterium acnes (P. acnes). P. acnes are found in the oil glands and cause acne. Light therapy effectively treats the bacteria that are sensitive to light-based treatment. The skin absorbs the light energy. Bacteria is killed and the oil glands shrink minimizing the likelihood of future breakouts. No downtime is needed following this treatment.

Other laser treatments improve the skin’s texture or discoloration caused by acne. These treatments may safely, effectively manage acne breakouts. As with light-based therapy, the energy from the laser destroys acne-causing bacteria and works to shrink sebaceous glands. The result is smoother skin and long-lasting relief from acne.

Light and laser therapies are precise, effective, and non-surgical. A consultation is necessary for patients considering laser acne treatments to determine the best procedural options. For laser treatments, there are a few points to keep in mind.

  • Patients who are on Accutane may not be good candidates for laser treatments.
  • A series of treatments may help you achieve your desired results.
  • Laser treatments do not replace good hygiene and skin care. Our team can help you create a good skin care regimen.

Laser for acne scars

Acne can cause problems beyond active breakouts. Our team offers skin laser resurfacing to help minimize the appearance of scars. Laser procedures treat the discoloration and the damaged skin of scarring. We also offer dermabrasion and dermal fillers to smooth the skin. The method used depends on the individual patient and the severity of the scarring.

Stop letting acne control your life. Contact Coastal Skin and Eye Institute in San Diego, CA to learn more about acne treatment options. Call (858) 943-2540.


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