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Teen Acne Might Lead to Good Skin Later in Life

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Growing up with pimples might’ve been a blow to your self-esteem, but research shows that your bad experience might have an upside.

A study in the Journal of Investigative Dermatology found that youth acne sufferers experienced fewer wrinkles and other signs of aging later in life. Researchers attribute their findings to longer telomeres (protective caps at the ends of chromosomes that fight skin deterioration) and the skin’s natural oil production.

Premature Skin Aging

To combat premature aging, get enough sleep and eat healthy, and remember to wear sunscreen and seek shade between 10 am and 2 pm.

Get Rid of Acne Scars for Good

The American Academy of Dermatology reports that 40% of acne sufferers will have acne scarring by their mid-teens.

But you don’t have to live with acne scars anymore! The Picosure laser is an FDA-approved treatment for acne scars.

The procedure works by “roughing up” the surface layers of the skin, which forces the body to produce elastin and collagen. New cells then grow, which “fills in” the rough and scarred skin. Acne scar treatment sessions are short, and there’s minimal, if any, downtime after a procedure.

And the Picosure laser treatment isn’t just for acne scars! It can also reduce the appearance of skin discolorations like age spots and sun damage.

To schedule your acne scar treatment consultation, call NeoPulse Laster Therapy at (540) 283-6015.

Why Seek Professional Acne Treatments?


At some point in their lives, nearly 85% of people report having acne. For most, acne is an inherited condition which causes the pores of the skin to become blocked with dead skin cells and other contaminants.

The solution lies in acne products and treatments that penetrate pores and eliminate excessive build-up to reduce the appearance of acne. But if drugstore acne products aren’t cutting it, you might want to consider professional acne treatments.

Acne treatments administered by a specialist are critical to:

  1. Monitor your progress and make changes to your home-care regimen
  2. Hydrate your skin so that it’s receptive to your home-care regimen
  3. Extract existing acne impactions
  4. Kill acne bacteria inside pores
  5. Exfoliate your skin so that home-care products can penetrate pores
  6. Lighten dark spots caused by acne lesions

Professional acne treatments at NeoPulse Laser Therapy help get rid of acne scars more effectively than using home-care products alone. Our physicians will closely monitor your skin, ensuring that it clears without irritation. 

NeoPulse Laser Therapy is your partner in acne elimination, working together so you can have clear skin as quickly as possible.

Our new PicoSure laser system revitalizes your skin and repairs acne scars. It roughs up the layers of skin within and regenerates collagen and elastin. The treatment uses short pulses of micro-fine laser light to reach deeply into the skin’s sub-layers, treating the support structure. Then the body’s natural healing process sweeps away older, damaged tissue and rebuilds it with fresh, new collagen and elastin—the crucial building blocks of normal-looking skin.

And since we’re conveniently located in Roanoke, VA, you won’t have to travel far. Most acne treatment sessions last less than 1 hour. It’s a fast and simple procedure that’s easy to tolerate and requires little-to-no downtime. You can even come in on your lunchbreak and return to work after your session.

The PicoSure laser is FDA-approved to treat acne scars, and over 86% of patients are satisfied with the way their skin looks after just a few procedures.  The laser will not clear active breakouts, it will only help clear the skin of the scarring.

Give us a call at 540-283-6015 or request an appointment online for your consultation with one of our physicians to see if laser treatment is the right option for your acne elimination!

What’s the Difference Between a Freckle and Mole?

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We’ve all got spots. But are they freckles? Moles? Something more serious? It’s important to know something about these skin pigmentations, when they require medical attention and when they can be removed for better-looking skin.

Both of freckles and moles are common, especially in people with lighter skin. Skin cells called melanocytes can cluster together and produce freckles or moles.


Darker spots of pigment that are longer-lasting, moles are only partly caused by spending time in the sun. Most moles are “normal” and rarely turn into a melanoma, the most serious kind of skin cancer. However, moles that change appearance rapidly or show “atypical” characteristics should be reported to your family doctor.

A checklist for when you should contact your medical provider about a mole includes:

  • Changes shape, texture or height
  • Turns hard or lumpy
  • Changes unevenly in size—smaller or bigger
  • Changes color
  • Becomes dry or scaly
  • Begins itching
  • Bleeds or oozes


The small brownish spots known as freckles are caused by sun exposure. Freckles happen when the body’s defense mechanism reacts to the harmful ultraviolet (UV) rays. If you have fair skin, you’re more likely to produce freckles.

Most freckles aren’t anything to worry about, although they are a sign of sun damage. If you are bothered by your freckles, laser treatments can give you smoother, clearer skin by by removing or lightening these spots. Our staff uses the PicoSure Focus Lens Array to break up pigment particles in very small areas of tissue. Using the best technology available, NeoPulse treatments offer the best results.

Contact NeoPulse
To schedule your freckle removal consultation, call the NeoPulse office in Roanoke, Virginia at 540-283-6015. You can also submit a request—a NeoPulse team member will contact you with more information.

Celebrities Who Said Goodbye to Tattoos


Have you fallen out of love with your tattoo? Has your excitement for the subject matter—like an “ex” and other temporary passion—really cooled? If so, you’re not alone. A flock of celebrities are revealing their tattoo removals.

Eva Longoria had three tattoos that referenced her marriage to Tony Parker. Post-divorce, they are all gone. The full list of other stars who removed ink homages to former spouses and significant others is too long to give here.

Russell Brand once had the motto “go with the flow”—in Sanskrit—written on the inside of his arm. His feelings appear to have changed, because the tattoo is gone. 

Megan Fox no longer has a Marilyn Monroe tattoo on her forearm and is expected to have more removed.

Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson—the rapper turned actor—spent too many hours having his tattoos covered up by makeup artists. He decided to say goodbye to his ink.

Niki Taylor also found her tattoos—on her forearms—were interfering with her career. She had them removed to benefit her work as a model.

Soulja Boy—a rapper and reality star– has had extensive tattoo removal on his face. He’s also shared the process with his fans and connected the transformation with internal changes for the better.

Have you tired of wearing a permanent ink accessory? Laser tattoo removal isn’t just for the rich and famous. Contact NeoPulse Laser Therapy to learn how you can say goodbye to tattoos that are past their expiration date.

Want Beautiful Skin?

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Want Beautiful Skin? Start young.

Younger women often think their only skincare concerns are avoiding acne and covering it up during a breakout. But the reality is that beautiful skin when you’re older starts when you’re younger.

In your 20s

The first step to getting beautiful skin is the regular application of a quality sunscreen. Sure, there’s probably SPF in your makeup, but that’s hardly enough to provide all day protection. To get the best protection against skin cancer, as well as wrinkles and dark spots, layer your protection throughout the day. Start with an SPF moisturizer and layer your SPF makeup on top of it. For midday touch-ups, dust on a loose powder with SPF to stay picture-perfect and sun-protected.

Wrinkles take years to develop, so it stands to reason that you should start preventing them early, like in your 20s. Retinol, the secret ingredient in many anti-aging creams and serums, works by encouraging cell turnover. Add a retinol-based product to your nightly skincare routine now and you’ll have soft, healthy looking, mostly wrinkle-free skin well into your 40s.

Our skin gets drier as we age, which thankfully helps end the nightmare of teenage acne. But drier skin presents a problem for dealing with the occasional pimple that pops up in our 20s and 30s. We can’t treat them with the same topical ointments we used at 16 because they’re too drying for our already dry skin. Consult with a dermatologist about the best acne treatment for your skin type to beat the big girl breakouts.

In your 30s

In our 30s, our skin begins to change due to hormonal fluctuations and environmental changes, so the products you used in your 20s probably aren’t getting the job done anymore. Switch them up to something better suited for older skin to encourage collagen production and cell turnover.

Don’t pop it. Pimples are the worst, and while the urge to pop them is strong, you have to fight it. Popping a pimple, in addition to letting more bacteria into the pore, can lead to scarring or dark marks. If you have a baddy that’s red and sore, calm the area with an astringent containing tea tree oil and apply an ice cube to the spot for a minute or two. Then apply a sulfur-based topical treatment to dry it out. It will take a couple of days, but your skin will be better for it.

Don’t skip your skincare routine, especially the older you get. Apply your sunscreen in the morning and throughout the day, then wash your face and apply your night cream before bed.

Don’t get carried away with the scrubber. Over-exfoliating your skin in your 30s will just increase the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Limit yourself to one good scrub a week, and instead of using a brush or facial loofah, try a gentle peel product instead. It will remove the dead skin cells from the skin surface without causing further damage. Be sure to follow the peel with a night-time moisturizing cream.

Don’t skip the skin checks. The American Academy of Dermatology recommends performing a monthly skin check at home and an annual skin check with your dermatologist.

In your 40s

As previously mentioned, our skin gets drier as we age, making the persistent use of moisturizer very important. Ask your dermatologist for help choosing one that’s best for your age, skin condition and skin type.

One of the biggest skin care mistakes we make as we get older is using too many products. If you’re using multiple products, apply them in the correct order and wait for a minute before applying the next to avoid any interactions that can cause inflammation. That said, the average person needs only four products- a cleanser, a moisturizer, a blemish treatment and a night cream.

Lastly, don’t forget about your eyes. The skin around your eyes is the thinnest on your face, so it requires more gentle care. Choose products that are specifically formulated for the eye area to prevent further thinning or sagging.

In your 60s

No matter how regimented you are about your skin care routine in your younger years, you’ll probably be dealing with laugh lines around your mouth and eyes in your 60s. There are dozens of treatments that will restore volume and “fill in” those lines, but at this age you don’t want to try too hard to look younger. Laser skin resurfacing can help minimize fine lines and wrinkles, as well as improve skin tone and texture, without looking phony.

Another skin care concern at this age is sun damage. In addition to your regular SPF makeup and added sunblock, don a hat if you’re going to be outside. Too much sun exposure can lead to dark spots and more wrinkles.

In your 80s

Thinning skin is a primary concern for older women. Thin skin is mostly due to sun exposure, but can also be attributed to the loss of the protective subcutaneous fat layer, which occurs as we age. A skin-firming lotion with COQ10, copper peptides and Vitamin A will help restore the collagen in your skin. Foods high in vitamin c will also help your body produce more collagen.

Products can do a world of good to prevent and treat most skin problems, but they’re not the be-all-end-all. If you’ve got dark spots or wrinkles you’d rather not have, a skin laser rejuvenation treatment can help. Call (540) 283-6015 to make an appointment for a consultation today.

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