Sometimes, whether because of severe acne growth or severe acne scars (both of which may be unavoidable due to genetic predispositions), people choose to undergo laser acne treatments. It unfortunately takes time and money, but in some cases, it can be the best option.
TYPES OF LASER TREATMENT
- Laser Resurfacing smooths out the skin by removing the top layer while tightening the middle layer. It typically takes 3 to 10 days for the skin to heal.
- Dermabrasion is a process that wears down the first layers of skin by brushing it with a rough abrasive. It takes 10 days to 3 weeks for the skin to heal.
- Fractional Laser Therapy is similar to laser resurfacing, but it passes through the top layer of skin tissue and repairs the damaged middle layer. This results in a quicker recovery of just a couple days as there is far less damage to the outer layer.
The downside of these procedures is that they’re pricey—sometimes upwards of $5,000 per session—and are rarely covered by insurance. Additionally, they can’t be performed until your acne problem is under control, so acne prevention is your healthiest, safest, and cheapest option for clear skin.