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Laser and light therapies are considered the Holy Grail of acne treatment. From blue light and infrared to photopneumatic, there are many laser therapies that are believed to reduce the appearance of pimples. However, it would be wrong to say that these are the best way to get rid of acne blemishes. There are several side effects associated with laser use and on top of that it doesn’t actually clear acne completely. Blue light only clears 30% to 60% of acne after a series of treatments. When it comes to infrared light, it fails to deal with blackheads, whiteheads, cysts, or nodules; only inflammatory acne can be cleared using the therapy.

The most intense and advanced laser treatment - photopneumatic therapy also can’t treat acne nodules or cysts. It is only approved to treat blackheads, whiteheads and inflammatory acne. In order to clear acne you will have to combine laser with other topical or oral treatments to get acne-free skin. Post-operative pains, redness, swelling, itching and increased sensitivity to the sun are some of the other drawbacks of using laser for acne treatment. Also, not everyone is suitable for laser treatment. Cosmetic lasers generally work better on people with lighter skin tones, so if you have a dark skin with acne, you can’t expect any results from lasers.

Risk of hypo-pigmentation or hyperpigmentation (darkening of the skin) can also occur post laser treatment. Sometimes blistering, scabbing, and even crusting may happen after laser. Clearly, using laser for active acne isn’t a wise decision. You can consider laser treatment for acne scars but for active acne, topical treatments are better. Murad Acne Complex 30 Day Kit is an acne treatment that has been clinically-proven to reduce breakouts and restore smooth skin by 92% in just 3 days. You can use this treatment to deal with pimples, but along with this it is also essential to adopt a good skincare regime that can help keep future breakouts in control.