Acne lasers or phototherapy are specially designed to treat acne inflammation and bacteria. Start your package of treatments today.
Click to Book by Text
Or call 858-272-9564 to book via phone
What are acne lasers?
IPL (intense pulsed light), or blue light therapy, for acne reduction is a non-invasive skin procedure that filters light at a specific wavelength of 405-420 nm. This type of photodynamic therapy is effective for treating acne lesions caused by inflammation and bacteria.
How do acne lasers work?
Phototherapy uses a specific wavelength to eliminate acne-causing bacteria and reduce inflammation. The added presence of infrared light (heat) in the device also causes the oil glands to shrink in size. This results in less oil in the skin and less bacteria, leading to the resolution of acne in the treated areas.
What do acne lasers treat?
IPL acne reduction therapy helps to eliminate the appearance of active acne lesions, while also reducing the redness and inflammation associated with acne breakouts. Even though there is no cure for acne, consistent phototherapy sessions can help reduce subsequent breakouts.
4 sessions, 1 week apart. Maintenance treatment is recommended every 3-4 months (if needed)
Avoid direct sun exposure and/or artificial tanning products for at 2-4 weeks prior to treatment. Discontinue photosensitizing topical products (retinol, glycolic, etc.) 1 week prior to treatment. Skin must be completely clean (no makeup, moisturizer, etc.) prior to treatment.
- No downtime is expected and you may resume normal skincare routine the next day
- Apply ice if any discomfort is noted post-treatment
- In-depth post-treatment handout will be given the day of procedure
Who can use acne lasers?
Resurfacing lasers are not recommended if you have used Accutane use within the past year. Plan your appointment so you can avoid direct sun exposure for 2-4 weeks before and after. Resurfacing lasers are not available for those who are pregnant or breastfeeding. They are not recommended if you have a history of: seizures, vitiligo, scleroderma, collagen disorder, radiation or skin cancer, psoriasis/eczema, or keloid formation. Careful use with melasma and darker skin types (not for skin types V+).
Facial with extractions (can be done on the same day)
Chemical peels (may be helpful for discoloration related to acne)
IPL (may be helpful for discoloration related to acne)
Microneedling (may be helpful for scarring related to acne)
Glycolic and retinol based products and cleansers
Skinceuticals Phyto Corrective gel (calms and soothes the skin while reducing redness and irritation)
Skinceuticals Silymarin CF serum (skin brightener that contains salicylic acid to combat breakouts and silymarin extract to reduce oil oxidation)