Isolaz for Redness and Large Pores?

I am mainly interested in ridding my face of redness (mostly from broken vessels), and making my pores smaller. Is Isolaz for me, or would another treatment be better?

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Isolaz - redness and pores

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Isolaz is a non-laser treatment providing what is called photopneumatic therapy.  Essentially, a small pulse of light along with a vacuum treatment handpiece helps improve acne by reducing the acne bacterium called P. acnes while also cleaning out pores.  If your pores are whiteheads or blackheads, then Isolaz can help.  There are other types of pores including dilated pores from aged, thin skin; and some pitted acne scars can also mimic pores.  Ideally, it would be best to see a dermatologist to diagnose your type of pore in order to direct the best treatment.   Isolaz is not the best treatment for redness due to broken vessels.   Lasers like V-beam and Excel V are dedicated and designed specifically to treat these unwanted blood vessels.  IPL can help blood vessels but is generally better for treating diffuse redness and/or brown spots.

Victoria Dermatologic Surgeon
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Isolaz for redness and large pores

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Isolaz is best used for patients with active acne. To address facial redness and pore size, other treatments are recommended. Several options include Laser Genesis, IPL and Excel V. In order to determine what is best for you I recommend having a consultation with a board certified dermatologist.

May not be the best treatment

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Primarily, Isolaz in a good treatment option for active acne. In my experience, many patients that undergo Isolaz treatment also do see an improvement of facial redness and reduction of pore size. These effects, however, are not primary goal of Isolaz treatment.  There are, however, many therapies that specifically target the pore size as well as broken vessels. 

Chang Son, MD
Englewood Dermatologist

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Isolaz for Redness and Pores

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In my opinion, Isolaz is excellent for improving pores (both size and numbers) as well as active acne, textural issues, tone, discoloration, sun damage and age spots.  I do not feel that it significantly improves redness related to telangiectasia (broken blood vessels).  There are better treatment modalities for redness and broken capillaries such as electrodessication (superficial light burning) and other lasers. I recommend you consult with a board-certified dermatologist for evaluation of your redness and discussion of treatment options. 

Channing R. Barnett, MD
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Clear and brilliant is a great choice for pores and redness

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In my practice we frequently combine Isolaz with Clear and Brilliant to initially treat active acne and the treat the enlarged pores and the inflammatory erythema. Results are better than anything else we've ever seen.


Edwin Ishoo, MD
Cambridge Facial Plastic Surgeon

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