Can lasers like fraxel or V Beam help with active acne?

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In general, lasers are not used for active acne. Blue light treatments with or without Levulan is the only laser/light treatment for active acne.  Technically, this is not a laser treatment; it is a light treatment.

V-beam may be effective for fresh (red) acne scars.  

At the Obagi Skin Health Institute, CO2 fraxel in combination with a modified TCA peel has been the most effective treatment for acne scarring.  Laser and chemical peels are done in one setting.  Amazing results for acne scarring.  CO2 fraxel alone is not enough.  

Phoenix Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Lasers for Active Acne--Fraxel--Clear + Brilliant, Micropen, Skin Care

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Fraxel lasers are generally used for scarring caused by acne. There could be some benefit, but for active acne treatment try a combination of peels and lasers like clear + brilliant, microneedling/prp along with skin care. I recommend an person consultation to determine what is best.  Best, Dr. Emer.

Jason Emer, MD
Los Angeles Dermatologic Surgeon
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Lasers for acne

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Lasers are becoming a great alternative to medications for acne. I like to use the Excel V and Spectra QS laser for acne. The Infini is also a treatment for acne, it is RF. Fraxel is not used for acne but the VBeam can be used.

Steven F. Weiner, MD
Panama City Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Can Fraxel and V Beam help active Acne?

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Fraxel and V beam are mostly used for scars. This is a great questions though. Can it help with active acne? Although, not traditionally used for active acne, there probably is some benefit to active acne as well. Fraxel has a number hand pieces so it depends on what piece you use. But all of them do heat up the skin and in so doing can kill bacteria. The v beam can attack vessels and ultimately help with inflammation. These approaches would be however not standard treatment for active acne and would purely, at this point, be an academic consideration. Active acne should be treated with topicals and oral medications with Accutane as the last resort in my opinion.

Philip Young, MD
Bellevue Facial Plastic Surgeon

Active Acne and lasers

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V-Beam and Fraxel lasers help a great deal with the redness and discoloration or scars from acne.  The best treatment for active acne is to identify the cause of the acne and treat it either with antibiotics, hormonal treatment or Accutane.  Please consult a board certified dermatologist for the best cosmetic advice.  Best, Dr. Green

Yes, V Beam can, Fraxel can not.

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OK, V Beam can help with active acne and also treat red scars. The wavelength has some over lap with the spectrum of light that kills bacteria. Low level laser emission devices using both blue and red light are also ways to treat active acne. As for Fraxel, it helps with acne scars, however there are many other devices that work better or in synergy with Fraxel. See video for more treating scars. Dr Davin Lim. Brisbane. Australia. 

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