I have a minor breakout 1 Week after Fraxel. Is this normal?

It has been a week since receiving my fraxel laser treatment for acne scars. My skin is still pretty rough (which I'm hoping is still normal) but my chin and jawline have broken out in tons of small pimples. I've had severe acne in the past and have been on Accutane twice until finally my acne was gone. Are these breakouts normal? How long can I expect it to last? I'm terrified that this could potentionally be my severe acne slowly returning!

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Acne After Fraxel Laser

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Most likely your acne is caused by the topical meds or ointment that you have applied after the Fraxel laser
Ask the physician who performed the procedure to change your topical ointment and prescribe short term antibiotic such as tetracyclene or doxycycline.

Acne and Fraxel Laser

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The Fraxel laser is a fabulous laser for both acne scars, sun damage, and wrinkles.  There are times when you can develop acne after the procedure.  The acne can be caused by your tendency to develop acne or the product that you are using after the Fraxel procedure.  Please contact your treating dermatologist about your acne flare since they may want to prescribe for you an oral or topical antibiotic.

Acne after Fraxel

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My assumption is that you are using some type of topical moisturizing agent that is causing this. Like Aquaphor. Many people will experience small white breakouts and/or folliculitis when they use Aquaphor. Stop using it. Get plain Vaseline instead.

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