Since cases of acne are as individual as the people who suffer from them, some therapies are better suited to certain individuals. Our on-site physician will consult with you at length to determine what combination of acne-targeted skin care, prescription medications, and/or procedures provided in our office will likely offer you the most benefit. Our acne treatments can include a combination of the following therapies:
A micropeel consists of a microdermabrasion, during which the outer layer of dead skin is removed, combined with a superficial chemical peel. Micropeels minimize the appearance of acne and maximize and expedite the results that can be achieved through proper skin care. We only perform the most superficial of chemical peels, so there is minimal downtime. They are recommended in a series where they are performed every 1 to 2 weeks with maintenance treatments recommended to maintain results.
The Omnilux blue light is specifically targeted to the bacteria in acne lesions. When the bacteria absorb the blue light, it causes a chemical reaction that ultimately kills the bacteria. The Omnilux red light penetrates deeper within the skin to kill bacteria and also lowers the level of inflammation, irritation and redness in the skin.
We recommend Omnilux acne treatments twice a week for 4 weeks (8 treatments total). The blue and red light treatments are completely painless with no known side effects.
The combination of Levulan® and light, also known as Photodynamic Therapy, is effective for the most severe or resistant cases of acne. Levulan® is an acid that, when used in conjunction with the Omnilux blue light treatment, increases the effectiveness of the acne-fighting treatment. During your Levulan® treatment, the medication will be left on your skin for a predetermined period of time. You will then be placed under the Omnilux to activate the Levulan®.
To treat acne where it begins, the Aramis™ laser uses a patented wavelength to penetrate the skin’s layers to the depth where sebaceous glands are located. The laser’s energy actually reduces the size of the oil glands and therefore the number of resulting acne lesions. This also results in a significant reduction in skin oiliness.
The unique contact cooling of the Aramis™ laser makes the treatment virtually painless, with no need for anesthesia and no associated side effects.