Zapping Those Zits Like Han Solo

Lasers are effective for zapping the occasional stormtrooper and Klingons, but Dr. Jones also uses them for smaller targets, zits. Yes, in his practice, he uses the Alma Laser, combined with Levulan Kerastick topical applications to combat acne.

What causes acne?

acne treatmentAcne basically is caused by your sebaceous glands running amok. These glands produce oil and send it to the surface through hair follicles (not just the bigger hairs you can see). This oil keeps both the skin and the hair from becoming like the Gobi Desert. When teenagers are full of raging hormones, higher levels of testosterone make the sebaceous glands overproduce. This overproduction clogs the follicles, blocking the pipeline to the surface. The glands with all of this extra oil are now prime places for bacteria to multiply. Bacteria cause inflammation and…wait for it, blemishes/zits/whiteheads/blackheads.

How does Dr. Jones zap those zits with lasers?

Lasers work on inflammatory acne that shows itself in whiteheads and blackheads, along with cystic acne. The premise is that the laser energy excites porphyrins, which live inside acne bacteria. When these little dudes are excited they damage the bacteria wall, killing the bacteria. Less acne bacteria equates to less inflammation. Lasers also reduce the sebum being overproduced by the sebaceous glands.

Dr. Jones combines the laser’s bacteria-killing properties with the topical treatment Levulan Kerastick for more dramatic results. The topical medication is applied prior to using the laser. The make the bacteria cells more sensitive to the laser energy, resulting in more effective bacteria elimination.

Lasers are only one of Dr. Jones’s approaches in the ongoing teenage battle with acne. If your teenager is suffering through this self-esteem killing problem, call us at 405.418.5400 and let’s start treating their acne.

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