Adult Acne Treatments Go High Tech
NEW YORK, Dec. 26, 2005
Adult acne can be a painful and embarrassing
problem for many women.
Even if they never had acne in their teens, Cosmetic Dermatologist
Dr. Paul Jarrod Frank tells The Early Show co-anchor Rene Syler
many women develop skin problems later in life.
Syler says she rarely had pimples as a teenager but that she developed skin problems in adulthood.
"I would say 90 percent of my patients that are women say the same thing.
'I never had it as a teenager and why now?' Most importantly they want a reason and a cure. Hormonal fluctuations. Teenagers go through bouts of hormonal changes but because of women's natural cycle it prolongs," Frank explains.
There are a number of medications and creams on the market, but the
doctor says there is really no best treatment. "There are several options.
We have to find something ideal for the patients. Fortunately now we
have several new
technologies available for people who didn't respond to traditional therapy."
Frank says there are several options that have been developed over the last five years, including new laser-based treatments. "Basically using light as a form of heat in ways to kill acne. Laser is more of a generic term."
One option is photodynamic therapy, which targets the sebaceous
glands. The glands are attached to the hair follicle, which is where
the pimple starts.
Frank says the therapy can cost about $650 a treatment. "Most need two
or three to keep them 80 percent clear six months plus."
Another option is called the MedLite laser. "One of the older technologies
before we had this photodynamic therapy and required almost biweekly
treatment for several months at a time. So really, the patient had to dedicate
a lot of time in the doctor's office. We tend to use the photodynamic therapy
more efficiently now," explains Frank.