Do acne come back after laser treatment?

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Acne Can Return After Laser Treatment

Light- and laser-based treatments won't cure active acne, so you may see additional breakouts after a laser procedure. Laser treatments may temporarily worsen acne, but they can ultimately be beneficial for many patients. Combining light and heat energy improves the appearance of both active acne and acne scars, which are treated deeper in the skin.


Burlington Plastic Surgeon
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Laser Skin Resurfacing

Thank you for your question. Laser skin resurfacing is used to treat acne scarring and will not halt the development and growth of any acne. Acne is certainly able to come back. I suggest that you consult with your board certified facial plastic surgeon as to great acne treatments, including accutane. 
Best wishes,

Ross A. Clevens, MD
Melbourne Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Acne and laser

Acne is not cured by any laser treatment. Therefore, acne may continue after laser treatments. In fact, acne may temporarily worsen after laser resurfacing. Prescription medicines may be needed to control acne. It is best to have acne controlled with medications before pursuing laser treatment for scars. 

Renuka Diwan, MD
Cleveland Dermatologic Surgeon
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Yes, laser is not great for acne.

Isotretitinoin or Accutane is the ideal treatment for acne, however a new device called AGNES uses RF to destroy oil glands may hit the US market in 2018. 

Other treatments like Kleresca will be in the US in 2017, however red light, blue light, V Beam, IPL and Omnilux are all light based treatments that can help reduce, but not cure acne. 

All the best,

Dr Davin Lim
Laser dermatologist
Brisbane, Australia. 

Davin Lim, MBBS, FACD
Brisbane Dermatologist
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Acne Treatment- Lasers, Microneedling, Radiofrequency, Blue Light

Treating with isotretionin is the only way to get rid of acne completely. Alternative treatment includes lasers, microneedling, radio frequency treatments, blue light and others for acne. I suggest consulting with an experienced board certified dermatologist. Best, Dr. Emer

Jason Emer, MD
Los Angeles Dermatologic Surgeon
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