Breakout After Photofacial

After having the photofacial, I developed red spots and little pimples all over my face. The Doctor gave me an antibotic which cleared up the virus but my face is still 2 weeks later breaking out in acne especially around my chin.

Doctor Answers 3

Pimple breakout after IPL/ photofacial treatment

Unfortunately, breakouts after facial or back IPL treatments are not unusual, especially in patients who are acne-prone. As part of our pre- procedure counseling, we let our patients know this, and we optimize their Skincare to minimize breakout occurrence. Additionally, all patients receive a clinical facial, peel or microdermabrasion treatment as necessary to optimize and prep their skin before first treatment.

During this time, patients are made aware to call in if they need additional care, such as an oral or topical antibacterial if it has not been included in their skin care regimen. You are likely still breaking out, coincident to hormonal changes or other factors that play a role in acne breakouts IPL in combination with a photosensitizer like levulonic acid has been used successfully in the treatment of acne.

Seattle Otolaryngologist

Breakout after photofacial

You need to consult with a boarded dermatologist ASAP. This will allow you to receive the proper care for the IPL induced acne flare up.


Darryl J. Blinski, MD
Miami Plastic Surgeon
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This is not uncommon, and needs to be addressed with a prescription of medication if appropriate.  See your Board Certified Dermatologist or Board Certified Plastic Surgeon for pretreatment, and post treatment.

Vivek Bansal, MD
Danville Plastic Surgeon
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