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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.