How can I prevent breakouts after Infini RF Microneedling or Fractional CO2 lasers?Acne & Scars Skin, Hair & Nails Laser Treatment
I'm a 26 year old male this year. I've not had acne breakout for several years already. I recently went for Infini RF Microneedling for acne scars, and developed some little red bumps, white small zits and even "pimples" on my face on the 2nd day of recovery. Is this normal? Should I do anything to ensure it doesn't spread, and how do I stop these "pimples" from appearing after these acne scars treatments? Thank you.
The usual methods to control active acne in between fractional CO2 laser or Infini RF microneedling should be applied similarly. This will include using anti acne topicals, medical peels and even medications to control your acne if severe. The treatment should be stopped till your active acne is well controlled before starting the treatment for scars again. It will make no sense to treat scars when there is new acne leading to more scars.
There have been studies now to show that oral isotretinoin given concurrently with fractional CO2 lasers can help good acne control and should be considered if active acne is recurrent with fractional CO2 lasers or Infini RF Microneedling despite topicals and medical peels in between.
Hope that helps.
Dr Kelvin Chua
501 Orchard Road
#04-04 Wheelock Place
To prevent the pimples from spreading after your Infini RF or Fractional CO2 Laser, I suggest using anti-acne creams like Clindamycin.
Fractional CO2 or Infini RF treatments can cause mild pimples to surface occasionally. It is important to prevent these pimples from worsening.
If the pimples do not improve after anti-acne creams, you might need oral medicine for acne.
Hope that this helps!
Dr Justin Boey
Dr Justin Boey
1 Raffles Place #05-12/13
One Raffles Place (Shopping Mall)
Heat based therapies such as lasers of Infini can aggravate or induce some acneiform lesions. As such, for patients who are acne prone, I would still consider using some antibiotics coverage (oral and topical) to stave off the outbreaks.
Those that have appeared, seek consultation with your doctor and treat the lesions ASAP to avoid more acne scarring.
Dr Kelvin has rightly pointed out that it makes no sense to treat scars when new acne follows up after that. You would really be suffering and wasting money for nothing.
Dr Winston Lee
MBBS, MCEM, MPH
3 Simei street 6, #02-28
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