One question that we are commonly asked by our acne patients is, “Is Isolaz better than a facial?” Similarly, some patients ask us if the Isolaz treatment is a “super facial.” The answer is that the Isolaz is much more effective at treating acne than a facial, though both Isolaz treatments and medical facials play an improvement role in the treatment of acne.
Dr. Schweiger explains that, “To understand the answer to this question, you must understand how the Isolaz treatment works. The Isolaz has two mechanisms, which occur simultaneously. There is a gentle vacuum that opens up the pores and removes the dirt and grime stuck inside. While the pore is open, a broad spectrum light is fired into the pore; this kills the p. acnes bacteria living inside the pore.” While a medical facial is very helpful for removing comedones (blackheads and whiteheads) and clearing clogged pores, it does not have the antibacterial or anti-inflammatory effect that the Isolaz offer.
We typically recommend the Isolaz acne treatment as part of a package. The Isolaz acne treatment works best when performed in a series of treatments, whether it is a series of only Isolaz treatments or combined with Photodynamic Therapy. However, many patients do notice improvement of their acne after their first Isolaz acne treatment. There is no downtime after the Isolaz treatment and many patients feel that there skin feels smoother and healthier immediately after the treatment. There is no need to stop using your acne medications prior to your Isolaz treatment, the Isolaz acne treatment is safe to have in combination with acne medications.