Rochester MN Acne Treatment Services
So how does acne actually develop? Our bodies produce a hormone called androgen, which stimulates our sebaceous glands to produce an oily substance called sebum. An overproduction of sebum can block pores, trapping the oil. Skin bacteria (P. acnes) that feed on and break down sebum also become trapped, and the mixture of hair protein, sebum, and fatty acids produced by the bacteria irritate the walls of the hair follicle causing inflammation.
How can laser treatments help with acne?
An Ellipse laser treatment reduces the blood supply to the sebaceous gland, slowing down production of sebum. To do this, short, safe bursts of intense pulsed light (called I2PL technology by Ellipse) are directed at the skin. The system filters the light to ensure the wavelengths used are absorbed by haemoglobin in the fi ne blood vessels that supply the sebaceous glands.
How long does an Ellipse treatment take?
It takes approximately 60 flashes to treat the full face. Including consultation and preparation, you should count on 45 minutes in our studio spa. A typical course of therapy includes four treatments, three weeks apart.
Can I be treated?
The best results are achieved on inflammatory acne–red, aching, raised pimples. It is important your skin does not have a recent suntan.
Does the treatment hurt?
No anaesthetics are required, and many patients describe the treatment as practically pain-free, like a flick from a rubber band followed by a sensation similar to the feeling of gentle warmth after a day on the beach.
Do I need to take special precautions before and after treatment?
The light used is completely safe, visible light. It is, however, important to avoid tanning (sun, solarium or self-tanning products) before and during the treatment period. Otherwise your tanned skin will absorb more light, which makes treatment less effective and less comfortable. Generally, no special care is necessary after treatment, but people with sensitive skin may benefit from applying a cold compress (a cold damp cloth) to the face immediately after treatment or from using an ointment prescribed by Slow Coast Spa. After the treatment, you should avoid sun exposure for 30 days, even if there is no sign of inflammation in the treated area. Use sun protection (minimum SPF 30) if sun exposure cannot be avoided.
What can I expect?
You may notice some general redness on the face following the treatment. If you have sun-damaged skin, some of the pigmented spots may turn darker and eventually disappear. Because the bacteria are difficult to eradicate completely, we may recommend that you continue using adapalene cream for some months after your laser treatment. If you have a future acne outbreak, our laser treatments can be repeated.