Salicylic acids, retinols, antibiotics, IPL, lasers, Accutane — the amount of treatments on the market to combat acne are staggering. And yet, even with all of those options available, some of us just can’t seem to escape the vicious cycle of breakouts. I’m one of those people — at 34 years old, I have been fighting moderate acne since my late teens. And I have tried literally every single one of those treatments with not one of them providing a lasting result.
I’m lucky enough to have a job that offers me easy access to the best treatments aesthetic dermatology can dream up, not to mention regular facials, top-tier derms, and a product arsenal that makes Sephora look like a corner bodega. And it all did absolutely bupkis. I even went so far as to go on a full cycle of Accutane, a living hell I would not wish on my worst enemy. But, except for a brief two-month reprieve, even that hardcore drug barely made a dent.
So when a plastic surgeon told me about a machine that he claimed had helped clear up the skin of many of his patients, I was cynical. But Dr. Min Ahn, MD, FACS of the Aesthetic Wellness Center, was adamant that this treatment, called Fractora, was a game changer for patients with mild to moderate acne and scarring.