Sometimes, acne can be treated by over-the-counter (OTC) products. However, they’re often not enough, and it might be necessary to see a pediatrician specializing in acne for a more effective treatment.
One of the top currently trending treatments is AviClear, touted as the “future of clear skin.” Safe for all ages, this might be the acne-reduction treatment your child needs for blemish-free skin now and reduced breakouts later.
Aviclear does not contain chemicals. Instead, it is a one-of-a-kind device that emits laser energy that targets overactive sebaceous glands to reduce the production of sebum.
There may be precautions to take before having AviClear treatment. Be sure your child follows all pre-laser instructions carefully.
The most important is to avoid prolonged exposure to UV rays for a few weeks, both natural and artificial. Wearing sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher is essential, even on cloudy days.
Before treatment begins, your child’s dermatologist will clean their skin with acetone, then place wet gauze on the areas to be treated. This step ensures the laser’s built-in cooling features work more efficiently.
Once the gauze is removed, a handheld device will be moved slowly across the skin. Some areas may get only one pass of the laser, while others might get two. After treatment is completed, sunscreen should be applied before going outdoors, as lasers make your skin more sensitive to the sun.
Because no downtime is needed for recovery after AviClear, your child should easily be able to resume normal daily activities.
Not at all. A slight stinging sensation has been reported by patients, but overall it’s quite tolerable. If your child has a low pain tolerance, your skincare specialist may recommend trying a different treatment.
While redness and swelling are common afterward, there are no reported serious side effects associated with AviClear.
Results from AviClear for acne are not visible overnight, so it’s important to let your child know there is some waiting involved to help manage expectations. It can take up to three weeks to see improvement, which may continue to develop for several months.
They will likely need sessions once a month for three months. However, you should always follow the guidance of your child’s AviClear provider regarding how often to schedule appointments.
One big advantage is the long-lasting results. Once your child completes their treatment plan, they can look forward to clearer skin for one to two years.
AviClear is FDA approved and considered safe for all skin types and tones, but that doesn’t mean it’s an ideal acne solution for everyone. There are some health conditions that can exclude a patient from being an ideal candidate.
The easiest way to find out if your child qualifies is to schedule a consultation with an AviClear provider.
The team at Potomac Pediatrics understands how difficult it can be for children to cope with acne. It’s hard to treat at home, and it can cause issues with self-esteem. That’s why we’re proud to offer AviClear to our patients!
To find out if AviClear is right for your child, we encourage you to contact us at 301-279-6750. We offer after-school and evening hours. Book an appointment today, and let’s get started on your child’s journey to healthy, happy skin!