What is Acne?
Acne is a disease that affects the skin’s oil glands. The small holes in your skin (pores) connect to oil glands under the skin. These glands make an oily substance called sebum. The pores connect to the glands by a canal called a follicle. Inside the follicles, oil carries dead skin cells to the surface of the skin. A thin hair also grows through the follicle and out to the skin. When the follicle of a skin gland clogs up, a pimple grows.
Most pimples are found on the face, neck, back, chest, and shoulders. Acne is not a serious health threat, but it can cause scars.
How It Works
The q-Switch Nd:YAG laser emits high energy light towards the affected area, destroying unwanted skin cells which then allows skin to generate new cells to replace the old ones. In q-Switch mode, the laser produces two wavelengths; one being 1,064nm and the second being 532nm which is useful to address skin lesions. The laser is able to penetrate deeply without injuring the top layer of skin and also triggers the production of collagen and vital proteins which are essential for healthy and youthful skin.
It is a relatively painless and quick treatment that is suitable for all types of skin. Helping to lighten the tone of your skin, this laser procedure will also improve sebum secretion which can cause acne, resulting in fairer and smoother skin. The q-Switch Nd:YAG laser is also approved by the FDA to treat a variety of skin disorders, ensuring it is safe.
This treatment may not be suitable if:
- The treatment area is infected or has dermatitis
- You have experienced abnormal wound healing or keloid scarring
- You are using light sensitising medication
- Prone to seizures triggered by light
No downtime is required for this treatment and you can resume your daily routine immediately after your session. In addition, there is no swelling, scarring or bruising, nor any major side effects associated with this treatment. Your skin may experience some mild redness but this is temporary and should subside in 30 minutes.
Results will gradually improve after a period of several months, with a noticeable improvement after each session. Most individuals are recommended a treatment cycle of 7 to 10 sessions spaced 2 weeks apart, but this may vary depending on your skin condition.