Experts have decided to investigate the possibilities of a specially designed laser treatment aimed at improving the skin condition of patients with darker skin suffering from acne scars.
Dark skin with acne scars has always been particularly difficult to treat. Usually, in order to treat acne scars the outer layer of the skin is removed with lasers or by chemical peeling. However, in this case dark-skinned patients develop a discolouration.
The new laser method would not remove any skin, but induce collagen in the deepest layers of the tissue to grow., thus causing the skin to become smoother without damaging it.
“This is breaking new ground in that there’s been very little research published in this area,“ commented Dr Natalie Semchyshyn, assistant professor of dermatology at the Saint Louis University School of Medicine.
“Most of the studies involving non-ablative lasers for acne scarring have been done on patients with lighter skin – yet an increasing proportion of the population…has darker skin tones.”
The initial trial will last for 18 months and if it brings positive results, it could be a revolutionary way to treat people suffering from acne without surgical procedures.