A study from Harvard Medical School was published in this month’s issue of Lasers in Surgery and Medicine suggesting that a new laser treatment may soon be available for the treatment of acne. Free electron lasers were used to cause increased thermal energy to the skin. The increased thermal energy did not cause any damage to the skin’s structures, but did cause selective damage to the sebaceous glands.
So what does this mean for acne? Dr. Schweiger explains that, “one contributing factor to the formation of acne is excess sebum production from the sebaceous glands. If the sebaceous glands can be destroyed using free electron lasers, this gives us one more tool to use in the treatment of acne.” Previous treatments were not able to selectively target only sebaceous glands, meaning that damage to the epidermis could not be avoided.