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What causes acne?

Acne is usually caused by clogged pores that leads to accumulation of bacteria under the skin’s surface. However, it can also be caused by hormonal imbalance. In many cases, oily skin is very prone to acne, as the glands produce too much oil, thereby clogging the pores. Studies have shown that acne can also be caused by an unhealthy diet, harmful skin care products, and stress.

Why choose us for acne treatment?

  • Avalon Laser offers among the largest diversities of advanced cosmetic treatments in a private, serene, luxurious setting.
  • We utilize the latest protocols to achieve superior results and have become a leading San Diego acne treatment medical clinic.
  • Our staff are trained and certified in the procedures we offer and there is always a doctor onsite.
San Diego Acne Treatment

Why you should NOT self-treat acne

This is a very important factor. While we understand that there are countless acne products available, it is very important to stay away and resist trying to treat acne on your own. More often than not, the acne will only get worse.


Common over-the-counter acne treatments and negative side effects

The most common treatments over-the-counter include benzoyl peroxide, topical salicylic acid, Retina-A, and Accutane antibiotics. All of these can have a range of negative side effects, especially antibiotics to which the body becomes immune overtime. Benzoyl peroxide can be very harmful, especially in large doses. It burns the skin and can leave behind very bad acne scars.

Sadly, most of our acne scar removal patients come to use as a direct result of self-treatment. Topical salicylic acid is the least harmless chemical, but it is not right for every skin type. For treatment that is tailored to you, it is best to visit a medical professional who has years of experience treating acne and other types of scar removal.

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Your treatment consultation

During your initial evaluation, we will find the best and most effective treatment for you. Dr. Tirgari is a well-known cosmetic dermatologist. He will help you get rid of your acne and keep it away with a range of medical treatments known to work.


Additional acne treatment information: Why lasers might beat acne.

You may not associate laser treatments with acne, but the medical community is starting to recognize the advantages. Acne occurs when hair follicles clog with dead skin cells and oil. This leads to pore irritation and infection. While you may not realize the connection, the Mayo Clinic is calling laser light treatment the procedure to watch among emerging technologies in the fight against acne.

What is light therapy?

Light therapy is a treatment that uses lasers to expose the skin to different types of light. Laser treatments are a form of targeted phototherapy. Targeted because the treatment exposes the skin to UV light, by focusing the beam, only the problem areas are affected. Light therapy for skin conditions, such as acne, utilizes an excimer, or exciplex laser.

Photodynamic therapy acne treatment

Avalon Laser in San Diego and Carlsbad is proud to offer the advanced and extremely effective Levulan-IPL Photodynamic Therapy acne treatment for patients who suffer from moderate to severe and persistent acne. This latest treatment combines topical acne medication Levulan and IPL technology for best results that are evident right away. Our San Diego acne treatment patients who undergo this procedure experience immediate relief from pesky and unsightly acne.


Why consider advanced IPL Photodynamic Therapy acne treatment?

The Levulan IPL Photodynamic Therapy acne treatment (PDT) combines very powerful skin medication that kills acne causing bacteria. Applying IPL (intense pulsed light) over the medication makes the treatment respond better and much quicker, making this acne treatment the best option for patients who suffer from acne and even age spots, sun spots, and scarring. The PDT therapy can be applied to any area of the body, including the face, neck, hands and chest.

Benefits of Levulan IPL PDT Therapy

Our acne treatment and cosmetic dermatology patients consider this treatment for the following reasons:

  • Effective results
  • Minimal downtime
  • Removal of acne causing bacteria
  • Shrinkage of overactive oil glands
  • Removal of damaged skin cells and discolorations
  • Remedies sun spots, age spots and even acne scars

What can you expect with Levulan IPL PDT Therapy?

  • The face or the treatment area is first cleaned well with an anti-bacterial cleanser.
  • Next, our cosmetic dermatology team applies the topical Levulan medication to the area.
  • The patient then lies down for his or her IPL or photofacial treatment.
  • The IPL pulsed light is applied over the medication, activating it for even better results. The IPL system delivers pulses to the skin that results in skin rejuvenation while the medicine acts to kill all bacteria, smoothing out and treating a variety of skin irregularities, particularly acne.

During the procedure, you may experience mild discomfort. When the IPL is applied to the treatment area, it usually feels like a rubber band is gently being snapped against the skin. For maximum comfort, we offer topical numbing solution, however, most patients are able to tolerate the treatment very well.

Recovery and aftercare

Levulan-IPL Photodynamic Therapy is very safe. It only penetrates specific bacteria and damaged skin cells. After treatment, patients will experience redness and some peeling for about three to 14 days. However, most patients recover fully within one week and any redness can be easily covered with makeup.

It is important to note that the first week after treatment is crucial. Skin should be well taken care of and exposure to sun should be avoided. If you do have to go out in the sun, very strong sunscreen along with a hat is recommended. The skin needs time to heal and rejuvenate completely. This is a life-changing treatment for patients who suffer from a range of skin irregularities. Our doctor and cosmetic dermatology team will provide you with specific aftercare instructions.

Acne Treatment FAQ's

Who is a good candidate for Levulan IPL PDT acne treatment?

This procedure is very advanced; however, there are some limitation on who is a good candidate. In general, individuals with dark or sensitive skin may not qualify. Likewise, women who are pregnant or breastfeeding may want to wait to undergo this procedure.

During your consultation, Dr. Tirgari will talk to you about your concerns and examine your skin characteristics as well as medical history to determine if this is the best option for you. If you are deemed not a candidate, we offer a range of other effective treatments at our cosmetic dermatology San Diego and Carlsbad practice.

How many treatment sessions will I need?

This therapy can be performed once for patients with mild acne. However, patients who suffer from moderate to severe acne may require more than one treatment session. In general, our San Diego acne treatment patients undergo this procedure for one to two hours once a month. A total of four to eight treatments within four to six months. After examining your skin, our doctor will determine how many treatment sessions you will need for best results.

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