At Germain Dermatology in Charleston, South Carolina, we believe in the power to safely clear up problem skin with focused light. Acne is the single most common reason people visit a dermatologist. We offer several options for acne treatment to Charleston-area patients who want to clear up the redness and bumps associated with the common skin condition.
Available solutions include medical acne treatment and minimally invasive procedures. We provide laser acne treatment to treat the underlying bacteria that causes acne breakouts using the Acleara Acne Clearing System, an FDA-approved system used to eliminate stubborn acne-causing bacteria while helping to minimize scarring from past breakouts. We also offer the VBeam Perfecta light that combines a topical acid with light therapy to treat acne, as well as rosacea, sunspots, and more. During your consultation at Germain Dermatology, we will determine which laser acne treatment is best for you and your concerns
Acleara is a breakthrough acne treatment that combines a gentle vacuum with pulses of specially filtered light to help clear your pores and treat outbreaks. It is approved by the FDA to treat a wide range of acne in all skin types, and most people feel little to no discomfort during the treatment. You may immediately notice that your skin is less oily and clearer.
Acleara can treat the face, back, and chest for acne breakouts. A combination of light therapy and vacuum suction is used to loosen clogged pores while delivering acne treatment to eliminate the bacteria that causes acne to form.
Acne outbreaks occurring at the time of the treatment session will usually begin to clear up over the next two days. Typically, most people experience a mild, sunburn-like sensation, possibly accompanied by some minor swelling or bruising, for about two to 24 hours after the treatment. Depending on your individual condition, multiple treatments may be required to deliver ideal results. During your consultation, Dr. Germain will thoroughly review the procedure, any side effects, and an overall treatment plan.
For treating acne in Charleston, SC, the Germain Dermatology team uses a combination therapy by applying ALA (aminolevulinic acid) to the skin, which VBeam® Light then activates. This is a non-invasive procedure that kills the bacteria that cause pimples, rosacea, and more. The VBeam laser treats multiple skin conditions using pulses of light to target red or brown discoloration, including but not limited to:
Treatment with VBeam is effective, safe, and comfortable with the use of a cryogen cooling component. The laser energy can be directed through micro pulses to target even the smallest amounts of acne-causing bacteria or most little spider veins.
Laser acne treatment uses laser energy to eliminate the bacteria deep in the skin that causes acne breakouts while also reducing the inflammation and redness caused by acne and acne-causing bacteria.
Acleara is a laser acne treatment option that uses gentle vacuum suction along with pulses of specially filtered light to clear pores and treat acne breakouts. It also eliminates acne-causing bacteria, minimizing future breakouts.
Treatment using the VBeam Light is a non-invasive procedure that kills the bacteria that cause pimples, rosacea, and more. By targeting multiple skin conditions, VBeam can multi-task and produce optimal results for patients who have more than one skin concern they would like to address.
If you have moderate-to-severe acne breakouts, you may be a candidate for Acleara or VBeam acne treatment. Dr. Germain will determine if it is the most beneficial treatment for you during your consultation.
You may experience a mild, sunburn-like sensation with minor swelling and/or bruising. This will last anywhere from two to 24 hours but will subside on their own.
Depending on your acne condition, you may need multiple treatments. During your consultation, Dr. Germain will review the overall procedure, any possible side effects, and a thorough treatment plan.
We recommend three initial treatments, four weeks apart. Depending on the level of your acne, additional treatments may be required.
Shortly after the first acne treatment, you will start to see a reduction in active acne. Regarding the acne scars, results will be seen three months after your first treatment since collagen production is key in smoothing out the skin.