Accutane During Laser Hair Removal Treatments?

I started my laser hair removal treatments 2 years ago, and last month, I started taking accutane (this is my 2nd month). Can I continue my laser hair removal treatments for facial hair?

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Accutane and Laser Hair Removal

We do not recommend any laser treatments while you’re on Accutane and we actually like to wait a full 6 months after your completed. Accutane makes you extremely sun sensitive and of course laser is a form of light. It’s better to be safe and just wait the suggested time.

New York Dermatologic Surgeon
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Laser hair removal while on accutane

The recommendation is that you wait at least 6 months after discontinuation of accutane to resume laser hair treatments, otherwise you'll have a higher risk of scarring. The risks are also dependent on the individual's tendency to scar, but that is a factor we really cannot control. I would discuss this matter with the practitioner to help you weigh the risks and benefits.

Good luck.

Bryan K. Chen, MD
San Diego Dermatologist
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