4 Pediatric Skin Conditions that Respond to Laser Therapy

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Cute Girl with Bobbed HairAs a parent, it’s hard to see your child struggle with a skin condition. This can be especially true if that condition is one that causes teasing from other young people. Recently, new treatment options like laser therapy have become more effective than ever, particularly for these four common childhood skin conditions.

1. Psoriasis

Psoriasis is a chronic skin condition that causes itchy, red raised areas and thick scales to form. Targeted laser therapy treats psoriasis by reaching deep into the affected areas to decrease inflammation that causes psoriasis while preserving nearby skin.

2. Port Wine Stains

Port wine stains are a reddish-purple colored birthmark. Over time, they can become darker and change in texture. Early intervention can be highly effective in treating port wine stains. Dermatologists may recommend pulsed-dye laser treatments for small stains. For birthmarks that have become raised or bumpy, combination laser treatments may be used.

3. Hemangioma

Often referred to as a “strawberry mark,” a hemangioma is a common type of birthmark. Many resolve on their own without treatment, shrinking and fading with age. Laser treatment, including pulsed dye lasers, can reduce pain for ulcerated hemangiomas and speed healing. Laser therapy can also be used as an early intervention therapy.

4. Acne and Acne Scars

Acne is one of the most common skin problems. Pores clog and become swollen, red or cyst-like. Cystic acne and other types can be painful. Some acne breakouts can result in scarring.

Laser treatment, including pulsed dye laser and fractionated resurfacing lasers, can minimize the appearance of acne scars. Laser therapy will depend on type of acne, skin tone and scar depth.