After Pearl Laser Skin Care

I had two Pearl Laser treatments done primarily for acne scarring. The first had great results, but the second one had me fighting constant breakouts. It's probably why my skin tone looks more reddish. I'm now nearly 2 months post-procedure. Is there a skin care line that I should be using to address this?

Doctor Answers 1

Retinoids important pre-and post-laser

{{ voteCount >= 0 ? '+' + (voteCount + 1) : (voteCount + 1) }}

I usually recommend a course of topical retinoids at least 2 weeks prior to a peel or laser (more is better). I then recommend you re-start the retinoids 1-2 weeks after the procedure (your dermatologist will be more exact after evaluating your healing status). If your acne is still active, a course of oral antibiotics may be helpful if started at the time of the laser. In general, I use Pearl laser when the acne is quiescent for 6 months or more. Cooltouch is a better laser for those with active acne as well as scars since this laser reduces the size of the oil glands and decreases breakouts while stimulating collagen to reduce the scars.

New Orleans Dermatologist
5.0 out of 5 stars 18 reviews

These answers are for educational purposes and should not be relied upon as a substitute for medical advice you may receive from your physician. If you have a medical emergency, please call 911. These answers do not constitute or initiate a patient/doctor relationship.