If you're looking for a quick easy way to have better skin with no down time, a new technology may be right for you.
It's a painless treatment in the doctor's office that can help acne, pigmentation and photoaging.
Zetta Gagliano, 21, is ready to start school at UNO and she wants to go into TV communications.
"I want to be in front of the camera. In that industry, that I want to go into, people see your face. You have to look good," explained Gagliano.
She is also an actress and sings and plays the piano. But not long ago there were times when her acne and the scars kept her from being outgoing.
"It's really a problem. It definitely affects your self esteem and it makes you very self conscious when you're around people and it definitely, definitely makes you not want to go out when your skin is not looking great," said Gagliano.
Gagliano turned to Dr. Lupo to add something new to her acne treatments. It's called Isolaz and is FDA-approved for acne. It combines suction to clean pores, blue light to kill the bacteria and pulsed light to take away inflammation.
This profusion technology is also being used for skin rejuvenation. The product’s website boasts that it can help resolve sun-damaged skin, brown spots and tiny broken capillaries associated with rosacea, all with no pain, no down time and at a cost much lower than laser treatments.
"The profusion technology, which is when you use the suction which thins out the stratum corneum (the outer most layer of the skin) and allows greater penetration of your cosmeceutical active," explains Dr. Lupo. "In the case of acne, we classically use salicylic acid. But if we're using it for aging, we use peptides and we use vitamins to help improve the texture of the skin."
Dr. Lupo says profusion uses pressure and suctioning to deliver a higher concentration of the active ingredients in your skin care more efficiently into the skin. And she says while it won't get rid of wrinkles, it can help with acne, it can brighten photoaging or sun-damaged skin, is excellent on rosacea and can help the dark pigment called melasma. It has also been used on stretch marks and to help the appearance of pores.
"If someone has been using retinoids and sunscreens and not going out in the sun, they can be 45 and only need this technology because they have been preventing the aging. But the average 45-year-old, who has been going in the tanning beds and sunbathing and goes to Destin and not using all those sunscreens, this is an option, but this is really a better option for patients in my opinion between 25 and 40," said Dr. Lupo.
Other dermatologists agree that studies show it works on acne but are not familiar with evidence proving it works on better penetration of ingredients that help photoaging.
"I don't know truthfully if there is science behind that. Someone would have to show that to me," said Dr. Patricia Farris, a Metairie Dermatologist. "The reason it works for acne is because we know the blue light, of course, gets to the porphyrins (organic compounds like the pigment in red blood cells) that are in bacteria in acne and it kills the bacteria."
"All of the studies on this have been on acne all the publish studies. It's possible that in the future we may see some true science and then all dermatologists will pay more attention once they see the true science," said Metairie Dermatologic Surgeon Dr. William Coleman.
Dr. Lupo sites clinical studies showing that profusion has the ability to deliver a larger quantity of anti-aging ingredients deeper into the skin offering the possibility that they will last longer in the body and be more effective.
The makers of this profusion machine say it is also FDA-approved for vascular and pigmented lesions and it can be used for permanent hair reduction. And they say people with uneven skin tone, red and brown spots, sun damaged skin or unsightly veins may be a candidate for this 10- minute, painless, office treatment. There is no down time and five treatments are recommended.
Dr. Lupo says there is also a profusion treatment called the SilkPeel that combines the profusion and suction with microdermabrasion.
"Profusion is just a way to deliver active cosmeceuticals. Think of it as a facial on steroids," said Dr. Lupo.
The profusion treatments can run from $150 to $200. The acne treatment can run about $300.
(Editor's note: Dr. Patricia Farris is no relation to Medical Reporter Meg Farris)