Some of the best acne treatments offered today are based or developed through high technology and scientific innovations. Because of high tech medical devices and instruments, medical and health-related concerns that are addressed by both specialists and the public in general has been changed.
There are areas of medicine that has benefited from technology and one of them is dermatology. Allowing scientists to develop some of the best acne treatments that man has ever seen is the emergence of biotechnology, LEDs, and laser. Arguably, the best thing that has ever happened to medicine is technology.
The discovery of LEDs, lasers and fluorescent lighting has led to the development of the use of visible light in treating acne, a process better known as phototherapy. If it is used twice a week, then this method of treatment has been shown to reduce 64% of acne lesions. When combined with red visible light, then the method would apparently work better. It has also been found that after using it daily for 3 months, the combination is able to reduce lesions by 76%.
The scars caused by acne can be reduced with the use of laser surgery and now, the focus of researchers are on whether the same method can be employed to prevent the actual formation of acne. Currently being developed to induce the formation of oxygen in the bacteria to kill them and burning away follicle sac and sebaceous gland is laser technology. As of 2005, these scenarios are not yet established as definite treatment methods and are still remaining in the research stage.
Presenting a lot of promise for treating acne particularly in the fields tied with genetics is another area of high technology also known as biotechnology. Acne is believed to be linked with heredity and because of this, the focus of some research efforts has been whole-genome DNA sequencing. There are body mechanisms involved in acne formation and understanding these mechanisms has been the goal. Also, using gene therapy in order to alter the DNA of the skin seems to be a not too far possibility.
Technology has provided us with some of the best acne treatments ever known to man. Still waiting to be discovered are more possibilities and 21st century science is on the verge of turning all of these possibilities into a reality.