Frequently Asked Questions

  • What types of acne does Isolaz treat?
    Isolaz is cleared by the FDA and is indicated for the treatment of mild to moderate acne, including pustular acne, comedonal acne and mild to moderate inflammatory acne (acne vulgaris) in all skin types. Take a look at somebefore and after photos of patients with various types of acne.

  • Does Isolaz treatment hurt?
    In a published clinical study, 100% of patients noted Isolaz treatments were painless.¹ You may feel a small amount of pressure from the vacuum or a warm sensation during treatment, but you should not feel discomfort or pain.

  • I have acne on my back and chest; can Isolaz help?
    Yes, Isolaz treatment is effective on body acne (back and chest) as well as facial acne.

  • How long is an Isolaz treatment?
    It depends on the area of the body being treated, but treatments on the face may take as little as 15 to 20 minutes. Body treatments may take a little longer.

  • Will I have sensitivity to light following my Isolaz treatment?
    No. Unlike other treatments, Isolaz does not cause sensitivity to light.

  • Is Isolaz safe on ethnic skin or skin of color?
    Your doctor may refer to the term “skin type” when describing skin characteristics such as color. Whether you have fair or dark skin, all skin types, can be treated with Isolaz acne therapy.Find your skin type.

  • Is there downtime associated with the Isolaz treatment?
    There may be mild redness that typically lasts less than an hour. You can go right back to your normal activities immediately post treatment.

  • Where can I receive an Isolaz treatment?
    Click here to find an Isolaz treatment provider near you.

  • I’ve heard of Isolaz 2*. Is that a different treatment?
    Isolaz 2 is the name of the latest system that delivers the Isolaz acne therapy. This new system offers your treatment provider some enhanced system features, while delivering the same great results as the previous Isolaz system.

  • Will I respond to Isolaz if I have not responded to Isotretinoin treatment (i.e. Accutane®**)?
    While everyone is different, many patients who have not responded to other acne treatments have responded to Isolaz treatments.¹ Talk to your Isolaz provider about any medications you have tried or are currently taking.

  • Am I a candidate for Isolaz treatment?
    Anyone who has mild to moderate acne may be a candidate. Acne doesn’t discriminate, so whether you are male or female, a teen or way past adolescence, Isolaz may be right for you. Check outIs Isolaz Right for You?for more information.

  • Will I still need to use topical creams or other medication?
    Ask your Isolaz treatment provider – depending on your own situation you may be instructed to continue to use other acne therapies while undergoing Isolaz treatments.

  • Does Isolaz work 100% of the time?
    No acne treatment can claim to work 100% of the time, but many patients who have not responded to other acne treatments, such as antibiotics, topical creams or even lasers have responded to Isolaz treatments.1 That’s because Isolaz treats multiple root causes of acne, like clogged hair follicles, reducing oil production and reducing the bacteria responsible for acne flare ups. In fact, studies have shown that patients who had Isolaz treatments achieved 90% acne clearance.2 Talk to your Isolaz treatment provider about your specific case.

  • What if I only get a breakout every once in a while – could I still have an Isolaz treatment?
    Of course! Because Isolaz uses vacuum for deep pore cleansing, you’ll leave with healthy, radiant looking skin.

  • How many treatments will I need?
    Four to six treatments are generally needed to get initial results. However, the exact number of treatments varies from patient to patient. Your Isolaz treatment provider will talk with you about a specific treatment plan for you.

  • Will Isolaz also reduce the redness associated with my acne breakouts?
    Many patients see the additional benefit of reduced redness after an Isolaz treatment.

* Isolaz 2 is currently available only in the USA.
** Accutane brand no longer available.
1 Shamban, Ava T. , MD - Photopneumatic (PPx) Pore Cleansing Acne Treatment™. A breakthrough treatment option for non-responders to acne therapies. White Paper, August 2006.
2  Gold MH, Biron J. Efficacy of a novel combination of pneumatic energy and broadband light for the treatment of acne. J Drugs Dermatol. 2008 Jul;7(7):639:42


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