Will V Beam Help with Acne?

I want to go get V Beam treatments for my redness. I also have some acne that is stubborn. I have heard that V Beam can help acne too. If I get the V Beam for the redness, will it also help my acne? Or do they use it differently for redness than they do for acne? Thanks.

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VBeam good for both acne and redness associated with it

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The VBeam is a rather easily tolerated laser for treatment of redness associated with acne.  It also helps improve the acne.  It is usually done in a series of 3-4 treatments separated by about 3-4 weeks.  Of course, topical medications are needed to treat acne as well.  

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It is a costly way to treat acne for it does not cure acne but does help clear it. If you are inclined to try it, try monthly vbeam sessions which help with acne and well as the red scarring left behind.

I love it for acne scars that are red!

Here is some info on the laser.

The Vbeam Laser produces bursts of light that selectively destroy the blood vessels anywhere on the body.

Pulsed dye laser treatment is so safe that it has been used successfully for the treatment of port wine stains in infants and young children. The Vbeam skin laser can also be used to treat rosacea, stretch marks, warts and keloids, or even tiny spider veins on the legs or face.

After applying numbing cream, the laser light is applied to the patient’s skin. Vbeam skin laser treatment is relatively painless and does not require a long healing time. The most common reaction patients experience include just a few hours of mild redness.

Treatment with the Vbeam may consist of multiple treatments, depending upon the condition and needs of the patient’s body. For facial veins, one treatment may be sufficient for clearance (that said, additional treatments are not uncommon). These treatments occur on an average of every 4 weeks depending on the area and type of treatment.

Tanya Kormeili, MD
Los Angeles Dermatologist

VBeam as part of acne management

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Yes, the VBeam can be an important part of the management of acne and associated problems such as redness and scarring.

There is some evidence to suggest that treatment with the VBeam can help active acne and there are differing theories about whether this works via the immune response or by attacking the bacteria causing acne. Patients who respond to the treatment typically notice less frequent breakouts after 3-4 monthly treatments.

That the VBeam helps with post inflammatory redness and redness of scars is unequivocal. I have found the treatment to be most effective when the laser is used just above the purpuric threshold (just about bruising the treated areas).

Chien C. Kat, FRCS
Birmingham Plastic Surgeon
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VBeam and acne

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The VBeam will help to reduce inflammation of the acne and the redness of your skin. The VBeam is not indicated to treat active acne, we do have the Smoothbeam which is FDA approved to treat acne and we can do that inconjunction with the VBeam to target all of your concerns.

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VBeam will help acne

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Yes. The VBeam can be used as part of a procedure called photodynamic therapy or PDT. In this procedure, a chemical solution is applied to the skin and after a waiting period of a few minutes, the VBeam laser is used to activate the solution. The effect of this is to kill the bacteria that cause acne, resulting in an imrovement in complexion.

Brian E. Dubow, MD
Beverly Hills Dermatologic Surgeon

V-Beam for redness

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V-beam does not work for acne. However, many patients with acne experience post-acne erythema - redness all over the face. V-beam works great for that.

Gary Goldenberg, MD
New York Dermatologist

Vbeam helps with redness and acne

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Vbeam helps with the redness caused by acne and also helps treat the acne as well. In addition I may prescribe either topical or oral antibiotics to help correct the problem. Also traditional acne therapy helps a great deal. 

Candela's Vbeam clears redness but not acne pustules or comedones

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The pulsed dye laser (Candel's Vbeam laser) is great for purpura-free resolution of the redness that accompanies acne (especially adult acne or acne rosacea). The mainstay of acne treatment consists of topical meds to great rid of whiteheads and blackheads and topical and systemic antibacterial agents for the pustules and cysts.

Philip S. H. Hughes, MD
San Antonio Dermatologist

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