Prior to the treatment am I able to just use a tiny little bit of these topicals to keep the breakouts at bay?
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Fraxel treatment and acne breakout
The best thing to do is discuss your concerns with your treating physician. In my acne prone patients, I will usually ask them to stop their topical acne medications for 5-7 days prior to the treatment but I will also start them on an oral antibiotic either prior to or on the day of the procedure to prevent an acne breakout which can occur after the laser treatment. I will usually keep them on the oral antibiotic for 7-10 days after the procedure.
Stopping Retin A prior to Fraxel
I would discuss with your doctor. I don't think it matters much if you continue it but most will say stop it for 3 days. Like the other doc stated, some acne prone patients I give oral antibiotics to because the procedure can stimulate acne.
Fraxel and Topicals and Acne
Depending on the type of acne that you have I often use a topical or oral antibiotic before and after Fraxel since many patients can break out during the treatment and you want to avoid this. Please consult a specialist in Fraxel for the best cosmetic results. Best, Dr. Green