What is acne?
Acne is an inflammatory skin condition of the sebaceous glands that occurs when excess oil and dead skin cells get trapped beneath the surface of the skin. Bacteria that is normally found on the surface of the skin multiplies rapidly within blocked follicles, causing the skin to become red and inflamed. Acne can cause several types of blemishes, including pustules (pimples), papules (bumps), whiteheads, blackheads, and cysts. Persistent acne should always be treated to prevent the development or worsening of secondary, harder-to-treat conditions like acne scarring and post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation.
What are my treatment options?
Forever Clear BBL
Dr. Schwartz has had great success in treating patients with moderate to severe acne with Sciton’s Forever Clear BBL treatment. Forever Clear BBL utilizes narrow-band, high-intensity blue light to penetrate deep into the skin and kill acne-causing bacteria. Not to be confused with LED-based blue light treatments, Forever Clear BBL uses xenon flash lamps to produce light that is exponentially more powerful and effective than any LED-based treatment.
Dr. Schwartz can help you get your active acne under control and maintain blemish-free skin long term.
What are acne scars?
Acne scars are the result of deep tissue damage caused by inflammatory acne. The majority of acne scars are caused by recurrent outbreaks that don’t allow the skin to heal completely between episodes, and the risk of developing scarring is highest in individuals who suffer from frequent cystic acne outbreaks. Persistent damage and inflammation interfere with the body’s normal healing process and lead to the formation of fibrous scar tissue.
Acne scarring can take a significant toll on a person’s self-esteem, especially since the condition is unlikely to improve on its own. As we age, the collagen in our skin naturally diminishes, often making old acne scars more apparent over time. The good news is new fractional laser technology can dramatically improve even the most severe cases of acne scaring.
Treating acne scars
Dr. Schwartz offers two different fractional laser resurfacing treatments – ProFractional and Halo– that smooth the skin by ablating damaged outer layers while stimulating collagen production below the surface to help fill in scars.
Learn More about Laser Treatments
Schedule a consultation with Dr. Mark H. Schwartz or to find out more about acne scar treatment and other laser skin treatments.