Can the fraxel laser be used to treat active acne? Are acne scars expected to increase on Accutane?
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Accutane and Fraxel laser- NOT a good idea
Legally in the US, most Specialist will NOT perform Fraxel laser with active acne, especially if you are on Accutane. I personally will not treat old scars if you have active acne, as this can be frustrating for both yourself and the treating Specialist- namely we repair one scar, only to have a new one form due to active acne. If your scars are relatively new, gentle treatments such as Fraxel 1550 and low dose 20mg isotretinoin or even RF with eMatrix is safe. This is determined on a case by case basis.
Regards, Dr Davin Lim. Brisbane. Australia.
Fraxel and Acne
Accutane and acne scar lasers
I recommend waiting at least 6 months after you finish a course of Accutane before receiving your Fraxel re:pair CO2 laser treatment. This is because Accutane affects the way your skin heals, and it takes about 6 months before it is safe for you to get your laser treatment.
Also, it is important to make sure you have been clear of acne for at least 6 months before you receive your laser treatment. Sometimes Fraxel re:pair CO2 laser treatment can cause a worsening of acne after the treatment is performed. Having clear skin for at least 6 months can help prevent complications.
I hope this helps!
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