Dealing with stubborn acne? Have you tried unsuccessfully to treat breakouts with pills, topicals, antibiotics, facials, chemical peels, and anything else someone suggests? If your acne just won’t go away, a relatively new laser skin treatment for acne called AviClear® at our London, Ontario, practice offers an effective solution.
Frequently Asked Questions
If you’re wondering how a laser skin treatment can reduce or even eliminate acne, we’ve compiled a list of frequently asked questions that explain how the procedure works and whether you would be a good candidate for the treatment.
What is AviClear?
AviClear is a non-invasive procedure that uses laser technology to fight acne at one of its main sources: oily sebum production. It is the first and only laser treatment cleared by the FDA and Health Canada to treat mild, moderate, and severe acne. It is safe for all skin shades, including darker tones, and all types of acne. Even cystic acne and hormonal acne can benefit from AviClear treatment.
How does AviClear treat acne?
Acne breakouts occur when pores clogged with excess oil, dead skin cells, and other impurities lead to the growth of bacteria. AviClear targets the sebaceous glands, where sebum is made. As the laser energy heats the sebaceous glands, they shrink and produce less oil. This helps to keep pores clear of acne-causing debris and bacteria.
Is AviClear painful?
Most patients tolerate the procedure with minimal discomfort, thanks to the laser’s built-in cooling system and sensory controls. Some patients compare the sensation to a rubber band snapping the skin.
How long does it take to see results from AviClear?
We recommend 3 initial treatments spaced 4 to 6 weeks apart. The number of laser skin treatments needed varies from person to person, depending on the severity of the acne and the desired results. Dr. Loo will provide you with a personalized treatment plan that outlines how many sessions you may need.
What should I avoid after AviClear?
As with most laser treatments, you’ll need to avoid sun exposure and wear plenty of sunscreen after your AviClear session, as your skin will be especially sensitive to UV rays. For the first day or two after a treatment, it’s also a good idea to postpone doing anything that could make your skin heat or sweat, such as using a hot tub, sitting in a sauna, and exercising.
Are there any side effects to AviClear?
One of the benefits of AviClear is its minimal side effects, especially compared to other acne treatments. Still, after the treatment, you can expect your skin to look red, similar to a sunburn. It is important to follow our aftercare instructions to minimize potential side effects. You can learn more about recovery after laser skin treatment in a previous blog post.
Can AviClear help with acne scars, or do I need laser skin resurfacing?
Health Canada has approved AviClear for acne scarring, but the laser treatment is most often used to clear acne itself. Laser skin resurfacing, on the other hand, is a tried and true solution for acne scars, and we frequently use it in our office for scarring. Dr. Loo can determine if AviClear or laser skin resurfacing is a viable option for you based on your scarring, skin type, and medical history.
If you’re frustrated and self-conscious about acne, request a consultation with Dr. Loo at our London, ON, office or call us at (519) 472-2929 . Dr. Loo, who recently earned the Consumer Choice Award, will be happy to assess your skin needs and develop an effective treatment plan for you.