Is the Discovery Pico Laser suitable if I am still having active acne?
Hi. I would like to find out whether the Discovery Pico Laser is suitable for my skin if I am still having active acne?
Thank you for the question. This is a good question that i've received from several patients.
Discovery Pico Laser is one of the brands of Picosecond Lasers.
Picosecond Lasers are suitable even while you are still having active acne.
In fact, it can help to reduce active acne.
It works by killing acne-causing bacteria and controlling oil production.
Over the long term, it can help to reduce brown acne marks.
In addition to picosecond lasers, also do consider antibiotic creams and intralesional steroid injections for your active acne.
Hope that this helps!
Dr Justin Boey
Picosecond lasers are new in the market and Discovery is one of the brands.
You can refer to the image of oil glands below:
I use a laser to heat up the hair follicles and by its close proximity close up the pores and shut down the oil gland to help treat the acne. I have had more success with my Q-switched laser compared to my picosecond laser because the picosecond pulse duration is not long enough for the hair follicle to absorb the laser energy and heat up sufficiently for the follicle to burn up.
I normally don't encourage my patients to have this done, since using any laser will stimulate the skin and increase blood flow to the oil glands making it more active. It would be better to control the acne first whether it is by applied creams and serums or using oral medication like isotretinoin and possibly antibiotics before starting any laser treatment.