Acne is something that the majority of teens struggle with and it even will appear in adults as well. Those who seem to have a struggle with acne are always trying to find new and different ways in which they can treat their acne or hopefully cure it. One of the newer types of therapy out there now is heat therapy. This is a combination of a light pulsing therapy and heat. This for some is considered to be an alternative to the traditional drug and/or lotion type treatments.
First off, acne will consist of breakouts that can be minor to major and it cause inflammation of the skin. This is most generally caused from the sebaceous glands being overactive and then will produce excessive amounts of oil onto the skin. This oil will then combine with dead skin cells and clog the pores in your skin which then results in the breakouts and other skin problems. Current research has also discovered that the acne can be cause by changes in hormonal levels as well as being hereditary.
The heat therapy with it's pulsing light will attack the acne from the deeper layers of the skin out. With traditional treatments like lotions and ointments they will just try to treat from the outside of the skin in and isn't always as effective as a person might like for them to be. With the heat therapy, the light will be pulsed into the skin with the heat. The heat is going to kill what is called P. acnes and this is a bacterial that generally causes the inflammation and all of the breakouts. So the combination of the light and the heat will cause the sebaceous glands to shrink and then this is going to reduce the amount of oil that is released from the glands. This in turn will cause less breakouts to happen.
This is a relatively new kind of treatment and you may have to search for a while before you find a doctor that knows about it and uses it. One of the best things about this type of treatment is that it does not cause scarring like a lot of the other treatments might do. It has a way of getting deep into the lower layers of the skin without doing any damage to your outer layers of skin. When you do find a doctor that does this therapy, make sure that you ask him to do just one small section of your face just to make sure that your skin is not sensitive to this kind of treatment before you commit to doing the entire treatment.
There are a few side effects that have been noticed by some patients. Some patients have said that there is pain in the face during the treatment but this can be taken care of by using an anesthetic if the patient needs it. There is also sometimes some soreness and redness after the therapy and in some very rare cases there has been some noted peeling of the skin. This would be something similar to the peeling you have when you get a sunburn.
If you decide to do this kind of therapy understand that this can be a very expensive way to go and that there is no current research on how well this works over the long term. There are very few things that you have to do to prepare for this kind of therapy. Pretty much all you have to do is avoid the sun as much as possible before your therapy. A sunburn or tan can actually interfere with the therapy. You also should avoid the sun right after the therapy.