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Home laser devices for acne skin treatments

This is the concept: Point a laser at individual spots and blemishes - in the privacy of your own home - and the skin will clear up within a couple of days.The price, $150, is comparatively cheap. If the device works, it saves time and money otherwise spent on acne treatments and dermatologist consultations. This seems like a particularly good treatment for those acne sufferers who have negative reactions to benzyl peroxide, which is present in many traditional acne medications.

Personal laser skin devices

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With the development of laser technology, at-home personal skin care has entered a new realm. Poeple can now treat acne flare-ups, plump facial wrinkles and fine lines, and restore thinning hair with a variety of hand-held machines. Other equipment in development could treat superficial wounds, relieve pain and remove body hair.The reason the personal skin care industry is growing is because we have discovered how to channel the power of light and cause reactions in the skin and hair.

At-home skin treatments for acne

Home hair and skin appliances using lasers, or sometimes heat, can spare consumers trips to the doctor's office and may be less expensive than monthly in-office facials and hair treatments. But they won't work the same kind of magic that can be achieved with more high-powered tools. And some may even be a waste of money. Succes and failure with at home personal skin care machines depends largely on the degree of skin condition you are trying to treat. If people are trying to treat mild conditions, it may help. But if it's something severe, they will need the help of a dermatologist.The popularity of in-home treatments reflects the use of medical devices by doctors.

Laser skin device results

Consumers may have unrealistically high expectations for home lasers. Lasers release a special form of light in a single wavelength; by contrast, normal daylight consists of varying wavelengths.

Hot laser skin devices

Hot lasers which are used by health professionals to resurface skin and remove tattoos, are high-energy devices that cause heat damage to the skin, triggering a healing response.

Cool laser skin device

Cool lasers are sometimes called low-level lasers or low-level light therapy. This type doesn't damage tissue and is safe to use at home. It works by passing a beam of light through the skin to reach cells below the skin's surface and stimulate the body's natural healing processes.Energy produced by cool lasers appears to prompt the production of collagen and , increase blood circulation and boost release of growth factors and removal of waste products from cells.

Laser skin therapy results

Consumers may think that FDA clearance means the devices work similarly to those used by doctors. But FDA clearance of this type means only that the manufacturer has submitted some data showing effectiveness for the device's intended purpose. Usually this means the device is based on similar, proven technology.Devices that do not have FDA clearance may only be proven as safe, not effective.

For example, devices that stimulate hair regrowth for balding men have been sold over the counter for years although manufacturers couldn't claim the equipment helped regrow hair. The approval in February for the HairMax LaserComb was a milestone because the manufacturer produced scientific data to show the product had some effect in growing hair.

Laser hair brush

Sunetics is marketing its laser hair brush for $399. Next month the company also will begin selling the device with a removable head that can be replaced with one of four attachments (each costing $250) for use on acne, facial wrinkles, skin pigmentation and pain relief/wound healing. Each attachment contains a diode that produces a specific wavelength of light targeted to treat a particular condition.

laser treatment for fine lines and wrinkles

RejuvaWand, which purports to soften facial wrinkles, sends red and infrared light into the skin in four-minute treatments. The device, which became available in February for $200, is designed to stimulate cellular production of collagen, plumping up wrinkles and thin skin.The company recently announced the conclusion of its own clinical study of 36 women, showing 67 percent reported an average improvement of 13 percent in facial wrinkles and skin texture. The improvements increased slightly after 60 days of use. The device must be used daily for 60 days and twice a week thereafter to maintain the effects.

Personal acne laser devices

The two home-based laser acne devices on the market - ThermaClear and Zeno - are not meant to help prevent acne or improve chronic acne, but simply to treat existing blemishes. Both are based on laser technology used by dermatologists and use controlled bursts of heat.Unlike topical products, the heat device is able to penetrate the layers of the skin," says Peter Scocimara, chief executive of Therative, which makes ThermaClear. "This will not prevent the onset of new acne lesions. People still need comprehensive therapy."

Most dermatologists think the devices are handy for people who want to treat the occasional, untimely pimple. The burst of heat, which isn't painful, destroys the bacteria in the pimple and helps the skin heal faster.Zeno, the first device to receive Food and Drug Administration clearance, in 2005, clears 90 percent of blemishes in 24 to 48 hours, according to its manufacturer, Houston-based Tyrell Inc.

ThermaClear will heal acne two to four times faster than normal (normal varies among individuals) than if left untreated, according to Therative in Livermore, Calif., its manufacturer. The devices don't work on blackheads, whiteheads or cystic acne.Zeno and ThermaClear cost about $150 each. No studies have been done comparing the devices with topical or oral acne treatments.

Adapted from original article by Shari Roan, newsday.com

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