Does anyone have experience with laser treatments for acne? Specifically to treat red marks and large pores? What have you found to be most effective? What are some good websites that may lead me to greater information?
As a stressed-out pre-nursing student, mine has flared up significantly with large cysts and dark red marks (some of which have been here for years!). I am looking into various ways to treat it, and also to learn a little bit more about how acne works. I am hoping to arm myself with a little bit more knowledge so I can make my own educated decision on what the better options are.
I have done some Googling, and found some legitimate information, but for every good resource, I've found MANY bad ones: mostly from plastic surgeons' advertisements and propaganda, which is NOT helpful and further confuses me. I feel like I cannot get an unbiased yet educated answer from any dermatologist. Many try to pump their own products and sell you a lot of (sometimes ineffective...and expensive) treatments, and care little about your results.
Websites such as Acne.org have been somewhat helpful, but MANY of the posters on that site have some really ridiculous "cures" for acne: anything from drinking an "unknown Chinese herbal potion" to urine therapy (no joke). A poster there gave a negative review on laser acne treatments by saying that he had "cellular necrosis" 3 years after he got a laser tx. Uh...what?
I saw a dermatologist's website talk about a "Pro-Lite laser facial rejuvenation therapy", but I can't find any corroborating information about it's efficacy. (Odd.) What websites would be best to track down this kind of information? There's so many options, and I can't seem to narrow down what's bunk!
All of this has made me very interested in a dermatology specialty when I (eventually) graduate because of how it hits home, but if there's no hope for acne and no good treatment, maybe I should consider psychology instead!
Anyway, thanks in advance!