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QUICK ANSWER – AviClear – The Best Treatment For Teenage Acne

For the past 30 years, Acne treatment research has been stagnant. Treatments like Accutane, with nasty side effects, were still the most effective available, and sufferers potentially have to go through multiple treatments to find one that suited them.

Fortunately, in March 2022, the FDA approved a brand new treatment for acne. This breakthrough treatment, AviClear, utilizes special lasers to target sebum production in the skin. Given in 30-minute treatments, with an average treatment plan requiring one treatment per month for three months, this treatment is the new standard. It works on all skin tones and colors and on all age groups and, best of all, comes with little to no side effects.

Here at Xanadu Med Spa, Fort Collins, as industry leaders, we are proud to be one of the only med spas in the country to receive this new device. If you are interested, get in touch with one of our skilled estheticians, and we can arrange a sit-down meeting to describe the procedure in more detail.

Acne in America

In the United States, acne is the most common skin issue that people suffer from. In fact, nearly 50 million American citizens suffer from acne to some degree or another, and many have tried multiple treatments to no avail. Traditional treatments, such as prescription medications, come with nasty side effects, and the success rate is less than appealing. Many teenagers and adult acne sufferers have been through multiple treatments and still suffer.

Fortunately, AviClear is set to change that. As the only treatment available that can treat all skin types and colors with no side effects, AviClear is the future of acne treatment. What’s more, in clinical studies, the results from AviClear treatment are strong, immediate, and long-lasting, separating it from the other treatments that provided unreliable results, if they even worked at all.

These treatments include oral antibiotics that can lead to antibiotic resistance, topical treatments that can lead to increased sun sensitivity and dryness, and, worst of all, Accutane, which could lead to birth defects and cancer. Looking at these side effects and the scary names of treatments like benzoyl peroxide and salicylic acid, it’s no wonder parents are often cautious when it comes to seeking treatment for teenage acne.

Not only do these treatments come with the potential to cause terrible side effects, but they also might not even treat acne in all cases.

What is Acne?

Acne is a skin condition caused when oil, sebum, and dead skin cells plug up hair follicles, leading to acne breakouts. This leads to spots and pimples, as well as blackheads and, in the worst cases, cysts.

Hormonal fluctuations are one of the main causes of acne, and teenagers going through puberty are particularly vulnerable.


Acne-prone skin tends to occur due to one or multiple of the following four factors:

  • Excess oil (sebum) production
  • Hair follicles are clogged by oil and dead skin cells
  • Acne Causing Bacteria
  • Inflammation

A lot of sebum is produced in the forehead and face area, as well as the upper back and face. This means that these locations are the most prone to acne.

First, a whitehead may be formed when the special oil glands cause your hair follicle wall to bulge. If the bulge is severe enough and the skin is broken, this leaves an open pore that can fill with dead skin cells, oil, and bacteria, leaving spots and blackheads.

When your hair follicles become inflamed and sore but there is no break in the skin, pimples can form, especially when there are clogged pores.

Certain things may trigger or worsen acne:

Hormonal Changes

The main reason for teenage acne to develop is a huge change in hormone levels in the body. Unfortunately, this occurs during puberty, which is the reason why teenage acne is so common. When a teenager goes through puberty, the glands that produce sebum, the sebum glands, enlarge and become overactive, and this leads to a spike in sebum that becomes too much for the skin.

Certain Medications

Hormone replacement therapies, especially for those who are going through sex-change treatments, are also likely to cause acne in patients.


Complex carbohydrates have been shown in some studies to cause acne or to make acne worse.

What Treatment is Best for Teen Acne – Our Top Recommendation – AviClear

Utilizing all of the studies on acne and the opinions of medical experts and long-term acne sufferers, we believe the best treatment for teenage acne to be the new AviClear acne treatment.

As this treatment works on all skin types, including inflammatory acne, and provides strong immediate results without nasty side effects, it is the perfect treatment for teenagers who are suffering from mild or moderate acne.

How Does AviClear Work?

AviClear utilizes a specialized laser system. This cutting-edge technology allows it to work on all skin tones, giving it an equal success rate on dark skin tones as light skin tones. This alone sets it apart from previous treatments that targeted melanin as well as sebum, making them less effective on dark skin tones.

It works by targeting the oil glands in the skin, the sebum glands. Experts have proven in numerous studies that sebum excretion is overproduced in acne sufferers and is sensitive to pollution, which is why those in busy cities often suffer from the worst acne.

The laser works at 1726, which allows it to solely target the sebum glands and nothing else. This reduces their rate of production. The treatment takes around 30 minutes, and patients usually require three treatments, one per month for three months.

The results are immediate, and besides a breakout that often occurs immediately after the treatment, patients notice immediate reductions in both the severity of breakouts and the frequency.

How Long Do AviClear Results Last? 

There are several main benefits to AviClear, as proven by the clinical studies used to approve the treatment use.

The main benefit is effectiveness. In clinical studies, patients saw an immediate effect on the severity and intensity of their acne breakouts. In fact, 80% of all the patients in the study reported a reduction of at least 50%, and 90% of patients reported they were extremely happy with the results after one month.

The next benefit is the longevity of the treatment. 90% of the patients receiving monthly treatments reported that three months into the treatment and, in fact, six months after the last treatment, they saw even bigger improvements that continued.

Many acne sufferers have been through the whole range of traditional treatments, many of which provided no relief or temporary relief. Fortunately, AviClear seems to provide long-lasting and strong results compared to most traditional treatments.

Who’s a Candidate for AviClear?

AviClear is clinically proven and approved by the FDA, meaning it went through strict testing. AviClear is safe to use on all skin types, all age groups, and all ethnicities. This means that teenagers and adults alike are candidates for this groundbreaking treatment.

If patients follow a good skincare routine, they can expect long-lasting improvements in their quality of life after AviClear treatment, and there are little to no side effects, with most patients suffering from no side effects at all. When examined next to the side effects that come with antibiotics and chemical skin peels, there is no comparison.

One of the most incredible things about AviClear is its effectiveness on acne sufferers who have seen no success when using other treatments. In the clinical study, severe acne sufferers who had to spend decades trialing different acne treatments with no success saw immediate improvements after AviClear, with one patient calling it a “miracle”.

Are There any Risks or Side Effects to AviClear?

During the AviClear treatment, patients report that the feeling was similar to that of an elastic band snapping on their skin, not painful, simply strange. This is down to the innovative technology in the AviClear machine, which detects skin temperature and adjusts heating or cooling to make the skin more comfortable during the treatment.

Following the treatment, patients report no side effects besides immediate breakouts. This is your body’s reaction to the treatment, and once this breakout fades, patients notice a decrease in severity. By the second and third treatments, the body should not react this way.

Another benefit is that the treatment requires no downtime. You can receive treatment before school or during your lunch break from work and return with no interruption afterward.

What is The Aftercare of AviClear Like?

There are no necessary changes that need to be made to your skincare routine after a round of AviClear treatment. We do recommend, however, that you wear a strong, high-quality subblock on any skin you have received treatment on.

Why Choose Xanadu Med Spa For Acne Treatments

We are Northern Colorado’s top med spa destination for a reason. Utilizing only the industry-leading, most cutting-edge treatments administered by the best estheticians in the business, we don’t cut corners.

We offer a range of treatments, from anti-aging to skin rejuvenation, non-invasive cosmetic procedures, and of course, acne treatment.

Treating acne doesn’t need to be difficult; contact Xanadu Spa today at 970-591-7919.