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What can I do about acne?

Acne is the most common skin problem. This stubborn and sometimes embarrassing condition is typically treated with oral and topical medications, which can produce good results but often with undesirable side effects.

Palomar Pulsed Light Systems offer an effective alternative acne treatment which delivers concentrated light pulses. The light pulses do two things;

  1. Target acne-causing bacteria.

  2. Inhibit future acne breakouts.

The result is a long remission time between treatments, without any drug-related side effects.

How does Palomar pulsed light work?

Palomar Systems use specialized hand pieces which filter light from different parts of the spectrum. Different treatments such as hair reduction, sun spot removal or leg vein clearance require light of different wavelength bands. The LuxV™ hand piece filters light in the ideal band of the spectrum to affect acne. The LuxV™ concentrates the light into individual pulses which target acne-causing bacteria.

How is Palomar pulsed light different from a laser?

Pulsed light systems and lasers are very similar, but Palomar's Pulsed Light System uses a much larger treatment window than most lasers. This spreads light over a wider area of skin to allow faster coverage and quicker treatments.

What are Palomar pulsed light treatments like?

Your technician provider will move the LuxV (trademark) hand piece over your skin while it pulsates. Each pulse will send a beam of light through your skin. A flashing light, an audible tone, and a mild sensation on the skin will tell you when the hand piece is being pulsed. This sensation produces little to no discomfort.

What should I expect after treatment?

You can expect a mild sunburn-like sensation and possibly some minor swelling. This usually lasts 2-24 hours, and can be soothed with cooling gels or ice packs. There may be an initial flare-up of acne, similar to the kind seen after a chemical peel or the beginning of a new topical or oral acne medication. Some of the blemishes may appear redder, but they will then fade after 2-3 weeks. An inhibition of new lesion formation can be expected following your treatment course.

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