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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS & ANSWERS ABOUT LASER ACNE REDUCTION

We hope this FAQ will answer your most common laser acne reduction questions - or read our laser acne reduction overview and view our acne before & after laser treatment page for more information.

WHAT IS ACNE AND HOW IS IT CHARACTERISED?

Acne Vulgaris – cause & effect

Acne vulgaris (acne, blemishes, pimples & spots) affects most people at some time in their life; usually during puberty. That’s why acne is prevalent in teenagers.

Acne during puberty

During puberty increased oil production can clog the skin pores, causing a reaction. Just below the skin surface are many small sebaceous oil glands that produce sebum, an oily substance that protects and water-proofs the skin.

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Acne characteristics

Acne is a chronic disorder of the hair follicles and sebaceous glands, characterised by blackheads, pimple outbreaks, cysts, infected abscesses, and in severe cases, scarring.

Acne begins with excess oil production, blocked pores and bacteria. Inflammation follows!

While pimples seem to appear overnight, they develop over an extended period, before an acne breakout shows itself.

2 Types of acne

There are 2 different types of acne; non-inflammatory and more severe inflammatory acne. The more severe form; inflammatory acne, generally affects the skin with most sebaceous glands. The face, neck, chest, shoulders and upper back most often affected by acne as they have the highest number of sebaceous glands.

Non-inflammatory acne

  • Whiteheads – blocked pores stay below the skin surface in a closed comedo.
  • Blackheads – plug enlarges pushing through the skin in an open comedo.

Inflammatory acne

  • Papules & Pustules – blocked pores & sebaceous glands are inflamed, red at the base, with a yellow or white centre – scarring risk if squeezed.
  • Nodules or Cysts – deep inflamed red / purple bumps & large pus-filled boil-like lesions that may last months. Firm & tender to touch. Often leaves scars.
  • Acne Conglobata – Severe acne nodules connected to others below the skin, on the back, buttocks & chest. Risk of bacterial infection, deep ulcers & scars.
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Acne scarring

Many acne sufferers are left with acne scars even after the acne disappears and seek scarring treatment.

Laser acne treatment is highly effective on acne scarring.

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