Understanding Acne

Contrary to popular belief, acne is not caused by poor diet, stress or chocolate. Genetics, hormones, clogged pores and bacteria are the major causes of acne. At San Diego Cosmetic Laser Clinic, we offer many different solutions to acne and blemishes having your skin looking smooth and clear in no time.


Acne Treatments 1The BLU-U Treatment uses light without drugs or antibiotics. The BLU-U is a special blue light that can kill the propionibacterium acne bacteria in your skin. Treatments are simple – you simply sit with your face close to the light for a short time at a schedule set up by Dr. Mani, usually a 15-minute session about once or twice per week. After some weeks, the blue light will control your acne and clear it up for a very long period.

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Photodynamic Therapy

Acne Treatments 2Photodynamic Acne Treatment (PDT) is a safe and highly effective method of treating a variety of skin conditions – including the acne. PDT is an alternative to systemic oral drugs such as Accutane, which carries significant risks and side effects. A clear, painless solution of a photosensitizing agent called Levulan is applied to the surface of the skin. 30-60 minutes later it is activated by blue light that activates the porphyrins in the bacteria, which results in a photodynamic effect that kills the bacteria. This treatment improves wrinkles, skin texture, and skin pigmentation while reducing the size of pores and removing pre-cancerous actinic keratosis. PDT also treats moderate to severe cystic acne and sebaceous hyperplasia while preventing skin cancer.


cosmelan peelCosmelan is a depigmentation agent which acts by decreasing melanin from the skin. Melanin is
responsible for the darkening of the skin and contributing to such factors as melasma and other skin discolorations. The treatment is compatible with all skin types, extremely safe, and a rapid and easy depigmentation process that is very effective in treating acne patients and Melasma, or ”pregnancy mask”. Treatment involves two separate steps. First step is application of Cosmelan 1, that is applied as a mask. The mask is left on the skin for 6-10 hours based on the skin type. After the mask is removed, the second step is initiated which involves application of the Cosmelan 2 product daily for the next few weeks at home. One week after starting the treatment, a significant improvement of the skin is observed.

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