Certain patients break out with acne after Fraxel treatments. Many patients who develop acne need to be started on an oral antibiotic a few days before the Fraxel treatment. Some patients can benefit from using a topical antibiotic after treatment. Please consult with your treating physician about a mask since this might be irritating. The redness should fade or might benefit from V-Beam laser to resolve more quickly.
Your skin needs to be checked by your Dermatologist to establish a proper diagnosis. Most commonly could be and acne or folliculitis break, which is treated with mupirocin ointment or diluted white vinegar soaks for 2-3 days + facial clenasing every 12 hours. Also if the post laser cream is too oily or heavy, it could be another cause and needs to be changed to a lighter one. If you have a history of herpes simplex a.K.a cold sores, then a herpes should be ruled out and treated with acyclovir or any other oral antiviral medication at least for 7-10 days.
Hi. do you mean a breakout of acne or herpes? Both of these are common after Fraxel - if the breakout is occiurring a week after the treatment it is likely to be from recovery products recommended for your skin - your should discuss with your plastic surgeon's staff what they would suggest - treatments at a week post therapy will be fine. Temporary redness is also common after Fraxel treatments but thie will not be permanent - the medical grade Fraxel re:store DUAL is the best laser for improving the texture of your skin. Regards Dr Charles Cope