By Dr. Paul Flashner, Chief Medical Director for American Laser Skincare

Along with cookies, presents and carols, the holidays bring stress, and with stress - acne. Pimples are bad enough, but when they leave behind unsightly scars, the damage lasts much longer and can lead to problems with self-esteem.

For American Laser Skincare employees Carly* and Amy*, acne was more than just a skin problem, it became a confidence problem.

In Amy’s case, acne started during adolescence with the resulting scars affecting more than just her face. Amy said the insecurity about her acne scars lowered her self-esteem and confidence into entering new relationships.

“There is a stigma that is associated with acne, it can be embarrassing,” Amy said. “People have misconceptions and can be judgmental.”

For Carly, acne came later on in life at age 21, a plight that affects 20 percent of women between the ages of 25 and 40. Carly said her acne scars also affected her self-confidence, and she began to avoid activities, such as going to the gym, where she would likely be in public without make-up. She said her acne scars affected her self-esteem in relationships as well.

“I was nervous to have a relationship where I would be in situations that I wouldn’t be able to hide my scars,” she said.

Luckily for both women, a simple technology proved to be a solution: eMatrix™. eMatrix™ is a sublative rejuvenation treatment that uses fractionated bi-polar radio frequency energy pulses to penetrate skin to maximize collagen production and stimulate cell growth and turnover. The result is smoother, healthier skin with the reduced appearance of scars.

“eMatrix™ is a viable solution for people who struggle with acne scars at any stage in life and one I frequently recommend to my patients,” said Dr. Paul Flashner, Chief Medical Director. “It is also an effective treatment against wrinkles, age spots and other skin irregularities and a non-invasive alternative to plastic surgery.”

For Amy and Carly, the results were dramatic.

Carly underwent treatment with eMatrix™ six times over the course of two years and said she barely needs to wear make-up anymore.

Amy paired her eMatrix™ treatments with Microdermabrasion treatments and said the experience not only saved her skin but saved her money and her self-confidence.

“I was buying makeup, products and treatments to try and hide the scarring. It wasn’t solving the problem, but it was costing a lot of money,” she said. “This treatment has changed my life. I want others to know there is hope for them, too.”

If you are considering eMatrix™ make sure to speak with a trusted skincare professional, such as the clinicians at American Laser Skincare, to determine if eMatrix™ is the right option for you. Results vary, as do the number of treatments necessary to achieve maximum results.

Additional treatments to keep skin healthy and radiant include:

FotoFacial ®– This treatment uses light therapy to revitalize skin, making skin tighter, smoother and firmer, reducing fine lines, pore size and sun spots.

Glycolic Peel - Glycolic peels use alpha hydroxy acids to eliminate the dull outer layer of facial skin to reveal the smoother, brighter skin underneath. With multiple treatments, it’s effective at reducing wrinkles and blemishes.

Microdermabrasion – Microdermabrasion is a noninvasive procedure that releases microscopic crystals over the face, removing the outermost layer of dry, dead skin cells and revealing the fresh, healthy skin below. It is effective combating skin abnormalities by resurfacing the skin and stimulating the growth of healthy new cells.

*Carly and Amy are real people, and these are their real stories. They asked that we change their names to protect their privacy.