Break Free from Breakouts: Meet AviClear, the Latest in Acne Treatment

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Acne can be a persistent and frustrating problem for many, often resisting various over-the-counter treatments and even prescription medications. Dermatologists are turning to a new solution that can target the source of the problem. Enter AviClear, a breakthrough acne treatment that has won the 2024 NewBeauty Award for best laser treatment for acne.

To learn more about this innovative treatment, we spoke with Greenwich, CT board-certified dermatologist and founder of NicholsMD, Kim Nichols, MD, who shared insights into how AviClear works and why it’s becoming the go-to solution for many patients who’ve tried everything.

What Sets AviClear Apart?

AviClear is unique because it targets acne at its source by reducing sebum production in the sebaceous glands. “Most lasers only treat the side effects of breakouts, like scars and discoloration,” explains Dr. Nichols. “AviClear specifically targets the sebaceous glands, reducing sebum production, which is the underlying cause of acne.”

By focusing on the sebaceous glands, AviClear reduces inflammation and prevents acne-causing bacteria, thereby lowering the risk of acne breakouts. This makes it distinct from other treatments that address symptoms rather than the root cause.

 Who Is AviClear For?

“AviClear is ideal for those with moderate to severe (inflammatory) acne who have tried topical or oral medications with limited success,” explains Dr. Nichols. It’s also a great option for those who have previously used isotretinoin but are seeking alternatives to oral medications. “While those struggling with mild acne or breakouts are not contraindicated, it is harder to pinpoint lesions and therefore treat the acne at its source. Ultimately, patients on isotretinoin who respond poorly, or those looking for alternatives to oral medications find AviClear to be an excellent treatment option.”

 How Does It Work?

AviClear works by targeting the sebaceous glands where acne originates, using laser technology to reduce the activity and sebum production. This method is different from traditional topical treatments that often address acne after it has already appeared on the skin. “AviClear commits patients to three full treatments, spaced about four weeks apart,” notes Dr. Nichols.

What to Expect

AviClear treatment sessions are designed to be quick and relatively painless, with minimal downtime. Patients may experience slight redness or pinkness after a session, but this typically subsides within one to two hours. This low downtime is one of the benefits of AviClear compared to other acne treatments, which may have more significant side effects or require longer recovery periods.

“Most patients start to notice improvements around the three-month mark,” says Dr. Nichols. “However, some might not see full results until nine to twelve months after their final session.” This staggered timeline is normal, as the body takes time to adjust to the reduced sebum production and heal from previous acne damage.

Is It Safe for All Skin Types?

“AviClear is safe for all skin types, which is one of the things that sets it apart from other lasers,” emphasizes Dr. Nichols. This versatility makes it a suitable treatment for a wide range of patients, regardless of their skin tone or type.

AviClear patients may experience acne flare-ups following their treatments, typically lasting for a few weeks. This is a normal occurrence that can be managed. In fact, roughly half of AviClear patients experienced flare-ups after one or all of their treatments. According to Dr. Nichols, using a topical or oral antibiotic can lessen acne flares.

If you’re considering AviClear, Dr. Nichols suggests seeking professional guidance to determine if it’s the right option for you. “Education is key in helping people decide what’s best for them,” she says. “The most suitable patients are adults with moderately to severe inflammatory acne, but each person responds differently to treatment. That’s why it’s crucial to re-evaluate at each appointment and adjust the treatment plan accordingly.”

Important safety and risk information about AviClear is available by contacting Cutera at www.cutera.com/us-en/global-offices. Patients should talk to their healthcare provider.

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