Combination Acne Treatment for Clear, Beautiful Skin
Acne treatments have traditionally been limited to topical products and oral medications. With the rise of antibiotic-resistant organisms, some doctors have shied away from most oral antibiotics when it comes to treating acne. With recent advancement in technology, new treatments for acne and acne scarring have emerged. Acne and Acne scar removal in San Diego can now be handled using a combination of treatments.
Laser Treatments for Acne and Acne Scarring
There are restrictions on which types of treatments work best. There are also various types of acne, so it is important first to know what kind of acne is present before determining which type of treatment is best to treat it.
Laser treatment is a viable option for acne scar treatment in San Diego. Two choices include Photo Dynamic Therapy (PDT) or Fractional Laser Resurfacing, both of which work well on acne scarring. PDT it is not always the best choice for treating acne scars. The plan of treatment begins with understanding your skin. Some of the deciding factors for treatment include:
- The type of Acne (Acne Vulgaris includes Comedones, Blackheads, Whiteheads, Papules, Pustules, Nodules, and Cysts)
- The sensitivity of the acne lesions
- The age of the patient
- Downtime constraints for recovery and sun exposure
PDT offers excellent results, but patients should expect mild tenderness and 48-72 hours of redness and peeling. That may not be a problem for most people, but it is a consideration for many.
Fractional Laser Resurfacing is also good, but not with all types of acne scars. It has mild to moderate tenderness and approximately one week of social downtime due to redness and peeling.
Combining Oral Therapy with Laser Treatment
Oral contraceptives are known to work well with acne and when combined with laser treatment help reduce current acne lesions and prevent future ones from forming.
There are a few topical acne treatments that combine well with laser treatment. Topicals that contain retinoids are one group of topical products that combine with laser treatment.
Your Skin is Unique
Your skin is unique to you, and that brings up concerns about how your acne treatment should progress. For the best results, consult with P. Alexander Ataii, M.D. and let him examine your skin. In so doing, a comprehensive treatment plan will develop, and he will explain all of the options open to you.
Things that affect treatment planning include skin color, age, the degree of scarring, and your recovery needs. What to take away from this is:
- Combinations treatments for acne are available
- Limiting treatment factors exist
- Your treatment plan is unique to your skin
If you are someone who has tried topical products in the past and found that they are not working in removing and preventing acne, consider the benefits of a combination treatment plan. These options are recently developed, and they provide a wider more comprehensive option for treating acne and acne scars.
Are you ready to begin your journey to beautiful, acne-free skin? If so schedule a consultation appointment with the Laser Clinique today.