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Did you get acne breakout after Fraxel treatment?

  • 6 years ago

normal for acne breakouts to occur after Fraxel?

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Hi I had the fraxel laser repair done 2weeks ago. Everything was going great until 3 days ago I had to go out and it was very sunny outside so I did what my dr told me I put sunscreen on my face to cover from the sun I used coopertone non oily for face! Everything seam okey until the next day my face was swallowing terribly I had a terrible rash, my face is supper red! I had a terrible allergic reaction! Went back to my dr and showed him what happend he put me on steroids! My swelling is gone but the rash and redness is still there! I am so depress I can't go out any were! Has anyone else experienced something like this? What can I do? Help
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Hello.I have had my first fraxel laser before exactly 3 weeks.Now i have small zits all over my face.Does anyone know if this is normal;Thank you.
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I am now 6 weeks post Total FX (full face). Total FX combines Fraxel Repair with Fraxel Restore. It is the equivalent of 3-4 Fraxel Laser sessions. It goes deep. I am 57 years/female/French Italian. I never had severe acne as a teen. Occasional breakouts in my 20s/30s. The treatment has tightened my skin (which is good) but it has also changed the texture (the only way I can explain it is it is pebbly now). My recovery was rougher than most because I had an allergic reaction to aquaphor. I broke out into a terrible rash--not knowing (or being warned of this) I just kept pouring on the aquaphor thinking that would help. I did contact the doctor and got in to see him, he put me on a prescription ointment that cleared it up in a few days. The side effect I am not happy about is the continuous small pin head size pimples I keep getting. I wake up every morning with one or two new ones. They are filled with puss (yes, I squeeze it out--I cannot go through the day looking at puss). Then I have these annoying red marks on my face, just when I get one cleared up another pops up. I did not pay $2850 to have teen acne at my age. My doctor now has me on Retin A (very expensive $90 a tube and it is not covered by insurance). I am hopeful this will help clear up the pimples and help rebuild collagen in the skin. At least thats what my PS is telling me.
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Did it clear up I squeeze as well? :(
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no, still battling with it and terribly scared.
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I was miserable after my first Fraxel treatment, with acne and whiteheads everywhere. Had antibiotics prescribed for the rest of the series and had no further problems.
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I was miserable after my first Fraxel treatment, with acne and whiteheads everywhere. Had antibiotics prescribed for the rest of the series and had no further problems.
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I had whiteheads from the Fraxel treatment. I've had both the Re:Store and Re:Pair. With the Re:Stores I was told it would bring "gunk" up to the surface. With the Re:Pair, I think the Aquaphor I had to apply to keep the skin moist and protected was the culprit. I took antibiotics with the Re:Pair, but since the Re:Store treatments were so long ago I don't remember.
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Got my first fraxel treatment on Tuesday. I have been suffering from acne since my early thirties when I decided to get off birth control to start a family. After seeing a client of mine who just completed her third treatment I was convinced that this is what I needed to help with the extreme scarring on my face. I am breaking out in huge cyst like acne along and under my jawline!! The facility that I went to urged for me to get on obagi nuderm but @ an extra $500 on top of my treatment I thought that was too steep! Has anyone used this line of treatment to help with the acne & is it worth the extra money? At this point I'm desperate for help!!
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NO!! They gave me antibiotics and mine cleared up the next day practically. They gave me Doxycycline. Warning!!! Don't buy the Nuderm, just go on the antibiotics.
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Hi there, this answer may be a little late but just in case you are still researching... I had obagi line for acne before, it's a 3 step program. Worked really well, it does dry out the skin. The problem is, after a couple of years using it my skin got used to the medicine and my hormonal acne carried on. So this line for me was a temporary treatment, it's not very holistic for the long term.
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So I finally was able to get the doxycycline but ohh my lord it upset my stomache soo bad after the third day!! I discontinued it!! How did you handle the nausea?
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@ Breath_of_aria I got started on the obagi nu derm. 4 weeks into it & my acne has cleared up substantially!! After 3 years what line of skin care did you convert to?
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@Ctina4u I'm happy that your acne has cleared up! What a good feeling that is! :) I remember now that I stopped because my skin was starting to wrinkle a lot in addition to some minor acne and didn't feel that this is normal. I'm am now using L'occitane's brightening line, replace the moisturizer with SBT seabuckthorne berry cream, rose oil. I often use organic greek yogurt mask, honey + apple cider vinegar mask. Have a healthy diet, take my oils, do yoga, and try to meditate. The process is slow and requires me to improve my lifestyle and I do see improvement and my skin is better hydrated. My new mantra is to be gentle with my skin and my skin will be gentle with my feelings :) How long are you planning to use obagi for?
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Hi! I opted out of the crazy expensive creams they push after treatment and went instead for protective barrier creams sold at Shopper's Drug Mart. If you don't like Aquaphor, there is one called Cliniderm (15$). Even Vichy, Avene and Roche, which are more expensive at around 20-30$ have "0%" cremes intended for post-cosmetic treatment. The next thing is ensure you're using suncreen intended for face. If you are using one for body, it may contribute to occluding (blocked pores). Ombrelle makes a VERY good sunscreen with parasol 1789, i believe they make a facial one as well. Lastly, your face will be sloughing heavily, and much of that material will inevitably end up accumulating on the surface of your skin until it is washed off. It will clear up, have faith and what ever you do - DON'T PICK! You'll ruin the $$$$$ of money you put into your face. It's hard not to, even I had a squeeze or two, but remember, you're just re-scarring the areas you de-scarred!
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update: I folded and bought the sunscreen ONLY for $60... not that bad, but I caved under the pressure. DAngit!
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Yes, I did get cystic acne 1 week after my treatment and after reading your post I should probably go to my dermatologist to get medication. I am so upset at this, it's been 1 week since my treatment. Sad.
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I had a fraxel treatment 2 weeks ago. At first everything seemed to be going according to plan and then I woke up with one pimple, next day, two and then 25 cystic type pimples! Of course I panicked as my skin does break out, but never this bad! I have managed to control my acne on the chin area, so I felt confident that it wouldn't be that bad, maybe a couple of breakouts. I checked out this blog to see how other people were reacting and getting results and it made me feel worse as there didn't seem to be a solution but rather, making the skin worse!

So, now I have to say, my skin in completely healed (90%- according to my husband, who of course had to hear all my whining and complaining). And I want to share with everyone the solution that worked for me.

1 - Stop using all products on your skin. Only wash with either Dove soap (which I use all the time) or Cetephil.

2. You must go to a doctor and get on antibodics. I am on Minocycline (1 50 mg) twice a day, one after breakfast and one after dinner. Don't use 1 dose of 100 mg as it works better twice a day at 50mg. You stay on this for three weeks.

3. Get to a dermatologist for kenalog injections to take the inflamation down. I had 15 injections in total. The cysts were gone within 48 hours from the injection.

Honestly, my skin is so much better than I now see some results from the fraxel! I think the gals who didn't get to a doctor for the meds and injections and kept putting creams on, it just got worse! My doctor told me it was the Fraxel itself that caused the flare up. The heat was just too much for my sebaceous glands. I won't be doing it again as I would not want to go thru what I have just gone through! It was very depressing! With skin such as mine, less is better.

So, I hope I can be of some guidance, I'm not a doctor, but boy, you really need to see one if you start to have this immediate breakout!

I am going back again this week for a follow up to see when I can start using my skin regime again and get back on track. Keep you posted!
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HI, thanks for all the info. I am having terrible breakouts post fraxel. I am washing with cetaphil and am on the antibiotics. My doc also gave me acanya cream for spot treatments but I really have a rash of pimples on my chin! What day and night cream did you use for your face during this time? Thanks!
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Goodness!!! I was considering Fraxel as my next procedure to whiten my skin & help with random breakouts. But after all those reviews I've read I can't even think about it as a repair procedure - it's a damaging procedure!!! It should have been tested for years before getting it out on the market. Unbelievable!!!! I feel so sorry for you guys having so much trouble with that. Hopefully your skin will finally heal after all that damage & will be healthy beautiful again. I don't know how much effort & time it's going to take but i refuse to believe that it's impossible. I very much appreciate that you shared your pain here & your willingness to stop other people from making such a disastrous mistake. I wish you all the best!
Sincerely,
YB
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