Last Updated on July 31st, 2019
The N-lite laser is often advertised as a kinder, gentler approach to laser acne treatment. Approved by the FDA as a non-invasive pulsing laser treatment, many acne care seekers go in for N-Lite treatment with the expectation that it will help with their skin conditions, but that is not always the case.
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The N-Lite Laser is billed as a “nonablative skin rejuvenation device.” This laser generates yellow light with a wavelength of 585 nanometers1. The wavelength of light penetrates beneath the skin, heating the collagen and activating blood vessels to remodel the collagen2. The purpose of exposing the skin to yellow laser light, we are told, is to stimulate the growth of collagen beneath the skin, opening up pores, and filling in scars. But studies have shown that the N-Lite Laser doesn’t appear to do this very well1. It did not create dramatic, overnight results, for any kind of skin condition. However, it can help reduce redness of the skin caused by leaky blood vessels3.
Most people who go to clinics to have N-Lite Laser to treat active pimples are not happy with the results. Representative reports go something like this:
The simple fact is that the N-Lite Laser really was not designed to kill acne bacteria. It will not reduce pimples. It will not shrink protruding scar tissue, but it may help rebuild collagen underneath the “moon shaped” type of sunken acne scar in some people2.
So who can benefit from N-Lite?
The one type of acne that usually responds well to N-Lite Laser therapy3 is rosacea. This type of acne is not caused by acne bacterial infection in pores, but results in redness that can look like acne4.
Most people who have their rosacea treated with N-Lite have slight swelling for a day or two. N-Lite, however, should never be the sole treatment for rosacea. Here are some ideas for treating rosacea that are easy to overlook:
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