Can Lasers Treat Active Acne

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Can Lasers Treat Active Acne

Acne only affects teenagers. Unfortunately, that's not the case. Acne breakouts can happen well into your golden years, making you self-conscious when one occurs.

You can try over-the-counter treatments and fads, but they don't often work well and, most of the time, won’t prevent recurring acne breakouts. To significantly reduce your acne, you should look into professional treatment.

There are various medications and topical treatments for acne care, but they often don't work quickly. However, laser treatments may be just what you need to reduce the appearance of acne scars and promptly eliminate an embarrassing breakout.

At Flushing Medical Spa in Queens, New York, Dr. QiLi Li offers Laser Genesis to treat your current acne breakouts and scars. Dr. Li is a Medspa specialist, offering various treatments for damaged skin.

What causes an acne breakout?

Acne happens when your pores get clogged with dead skin cells and bacteria. This causes whiteheads, blackheads, and pimples to form on your skin, sometimes in clusters.

Acne breakouts are widespread among teenagers and young adults because their skin is still adjusting to hormonal changes, and their hygiene isn't always stellar. However, acne can affect people well into their adult lives.

Various factors lead to an acne breakout, including excess oil production and inflammation in your skin. The hair follicles in the skin on your face, neck, chest, and back become clogged with oil, bacteria, or dead skin cells, causing various forms of acne, including:

  • Blackheads
  • Whiteheads
  • Pustules
  • Papules
  • Cystic lesions
  • Nodules


Sometimes, acne breakouts are short-lived and clear up after washing your face well and following a specific routine. However, it can take weeks to months to clear a severe breakout.

If you want a quicker alternative, consider laser treatments to reduce redness, inflammation, and other signs of an acne breakout.

The facts on Laser Genesis

The Laser Genesis system is a revolutionary way to treat various skin conditions in a quick 15-20 minute appointment. The procedure not only works on acne and acne scars but other skin problems as well, which include:

  • Wrinkles
  • Fine lines
  • Age spots
  • Unevenly toned skin
  • Redness
  • Uneven skin texture
  • Rosacea

Laser Genesis is an FDA-approved cosmetic procedure that requires no downtime and only takes a fraction of your day. It works by stimulating collagen production, which rebuilds new skin cells and provides a healthier glow to your skin.

You may need repeat treatments depending on the severity of your skin condition and the results you desire. Some side effects, such as skin redness, usually subside quickly.

Can I get laser treatment on active acne?

One of the best things about the Laser Genesis system is that you can have a treatment while you have active acne. Although it might not clear up all your pimples in one session, you may see significant results after several laser treatments.

The downside of laser treatment for active acne breakouts is that it's unpredictable, and the results vary from person to person. However, when you use the laser treatment and our other skin care recommendations, you'll achieve better results.

During an active breakout, the laser stimulates collagen, which helps reduce inflammation and the presence of bacteria, which makes acne and pimples flourish.

With a proper skin care routine and laser treatments, you can significantly reduce the appearance of acne and scars. However, discussing your acne breakout with Dr. Li before laser treatment is essential. She may want to use other techniques to calm your skin down first.

If you need acne treatment, don't hesitate to schedule a consultation at Flushing Medical Spa by calling our office today at 718-539-3366 or using our online booking tool anytime.