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For people who have acne, treatment often comes in the form of topical medications and sometimes, even oral antibiotics. The usual approach to treating facial acne for instance, is the introduction of potent chemicals into the facial skin, usually breaking down the clogging oils and introducing more oxygen into the pores where the anaerobic bacteria reside. Benzoyl peroxide is one of the most popular OTC or over-the-counter medications for facial acne.
Benzoyl peroxide is available in its pure form (for dilution) or as an active ingredient in less potent facial creams that are meant to be applied a few times a day. Hydrogen peroxide also works this way - the acidic nature of the chemical compound (we owe this to the presence of hydrogen) reacts with the human skin, producing oxygen. The oxygen kills the bacteria and allows the human skin to “breathe” after a long period of being stifled by hardened sebum and dirt.
After all the trouble with acne treatment, people are then faced with one big problem: people will have acne scars. Usually dark, pitted scars, acne leaves a deadly map where it once stood proud. This is where topical creams’ effectiveness comes to a screeching halt. But this is where laser surgery’s engines starts revving up.
THE FACTS OF LASER SURGERY
Laser surgery has been around in the United States since its discovery in 1958. In a 1996 national survey, it has been found out that people had readily trusted the innovative new way of making wrinkles and other skin imperfections disappear. Around 170,000 people in the United States have undergone laser surgery, a staggering 65% increase since the year before that. Today, laser surgery enjoys a worldwide prestige as being one of the more enjoyable ways to get younger looking skin.
Since the frequency of acne in teenagers and adults is also on the rise, it seems only logical that people find ways to remove the unsightly dark scars that mark the passage of acne to oblivion. Many are looking to laser surgery for answers.
One particular operation requiring the use of the controlled wavelengths of a laser is a procedure called “resurfacing”. As the name implies, the procedure involves a “re-surfacing” of the human skin. The procedure was originally done to make acne scars less prominent, but laser surgeons soon found out that it had added beneficial effects to the surrounding areas of the face.
Unsightly wrinkles, fine lines and crow’s feet were greatly improved, and soon aesthetic plastic surgeons used the procedure for a variety of conundrums. For example, sagging skin on the face is often a no-no for the older groups of women, and thus, doctors readily use laser to make the skin tighter, removing the need for invasive methods of tucking the skin in.
It should be noted that the procedure is not fit for every type of skin. People who have long histories of very sensitive skin and those with photosensitivity issues should reconsider if they wish to partake of the wonders of laser surgery. Irritation and longer recovery periods might be the potential results of laser on unfit skin.