Acne is a chronic inflammatory disease of the skin pores and their associated oil producing glands. It tends to affect the face, upper neck, chest and back with lesions such as comedones (white & black heads), nodules, cysts, papules and pustules. Acne affects up to 85% of adolescents and can persist into adulthood for many. Adult-onset acne numbers are increasing and tends to occur in higher frequency in women more than men, and in women with darker skin types most often. The pimple breakouts of acne can remain a source of concern, distress or self-consciousness for the men and women who experience them, long after the acne lesions have healed, due to hyperpigmentation, residual skin redness and different types of scarring that remains visible.
Struggling to keep the blackheads, papules, whiteheads, cysts and pustules of teen or adult acne under control? We may have the solution for you at SkinMD Seattle. Come discover NeoClear, a powerful, advanced laser treatment for acne in all skin types. NeoClear is a safe and highly effective, noninvasive treatment for acne, designed to heal acne lesions, without the side effects associated with many current treatments.
NeoClear works to heal acne by addressing several factors in the acne pathway. Specifically, the energy delivered to the affected skin during treatment heats up the sebum producing glands, leading them to produce less skin oil. Additionally, treatments have the effect of destroying inflammation-causing bacteria, as well as stimulating new collagen production, which contributes to smoother skin texture and reduction of acne scarring. Research studies show that the NeoClear treatment offers several immediate benefits including reduction in acne lesion redness and size, less oily skin, pore size reduction and a drying and flattening of the lesions. There is also the welcome effect of lessening the likelihood of future breakouts.
NeoClear for acne is a comfortable treatment that is well tolerated in patients of all skin types and can be used to treat all types of acne. Results can be seen in as quickly as the first treatment session with long lasting results typical after three to six treatments. NeoClear is an excellent treatment option for patients who want to reduce the number of prescription medications they are using to manage their acne, those who are not responding to prescription therapies or those who do not want to take prescriptions.
The NeoClear protocol includes a series of noninvasive treatments to attain results and due to the chronic nature of acne, an additional one or several treatments may be needed to maintain results. Your specific treatment plan is based on the type and severity of your acne and any acne scarring that may be present. Full details about your treatment, post-procedure care, and acne management daily skin care routine will be discussed during your comprehensive consultation with SkinMD Seattle skin health specialist.
NeoClear treatments take between 15-30 minutes, depending on acne location, severity, and skin type. The face, neck, chest and back can be treated safely and effectively. The initial step of the treatment addresses the entire affected area to destroy P. acnes (now known as Cutibaterium acnes)bacteria, reduce sebum output and prevent future breakouts, while also reducing skin redness and improving skin tone and texture through the stimulation of collagen. The next step targets active acne lesion to facilitate the rapid clearance of the acute pimples (white heads, inflamed nodules, pustules). Laser energy is applied to each lesion to reduce redness and inflammation and reduce the risk of scarring and post inflammatory hyperpigmentation.
There is no social downtime after NeoClear treatments and you can return to normal daily activities immediately after your treatment session. Mild feeling of skin warmth or slight redness will typically fade within a few hours. We recommend continuing to apply a broad spectrum, antioxidant fortified sunscreen daily (and reapply throughout the day).
Depending on acne severity, skin type, lifestyle, skin and UV protection, patients may experience years of acne-free skin, after responding to their NeoClear treatments. Other patients will need to come back for treatment after several months once other breakouts occur. NeoClear can always help control acne breakouts regardless of the length of time of original acne clearance.
To find out if you are a good candidate for this state-of-the-art technology to manage your acne breakouts and reduce acne scars, come in and learn more about NeoClear at SkinMD Seattle Laser & Aesthetic Medical Clinic.
Contact us to schedule your comprehensive acne treatment consultation.