Can I Do Laser Hair Removal While I Have Acne Or On Accutane?

Patient shouldn't do any lasers procedures or chemical peels while on Accutane or Isotretinoin until after finishing your course for 6-12 months. Accutane and Isotretinoin is used to treat certain type of severe acne, they are strong medicine and have the potential to cause some serious side effects including make your skin became immensely dry and extremely sun sensitive. At the same time, these medications inhibits the reepithelialization capacity of the follicles and hence, the effects can last up to a year. There is good evidence that any injury to the skin can potentially have adverse effects if the patient is on Accutane or Isotretinoin, be it a simple nick or a cut. It meaning that you will have an increased risk of keloid formation, and delayed wound healing after any laser treatment.

Accutane is a medicine used since 1982. This medication should only be used by those with severe acne who have failed all other treatments. Swiss drugmaker Roche Holding AG stopped selling this acne drug in 2009 since it has reached the end of its life cycle and is losing ground to generic alternatives. Generics have been available since 2002, known as Isotretinoin.

Can I Do Laser (IPL) Hair Reduction While I Have Acne Or On Accutane And Isotretinoin?

For some patients, 6 months is an adequate period to allow Accutane and Isotretinoin to clear the body, and laser procedures may be safely resumed at this time. In order to be safe, a test spot would insure no problems before a full treatment is given. However, must be using the laser energy parameter much less in order to minimize the possibility of any burns that might occur from the laser, especially on darker skin.

You still can NOT have laser hair removal treatment if you have an acne breakouts although the newest technology to fight acne involves the use of lasers. For the same reason, people have been known to sunbathe in the summer to the point of a 1st degree burn to improve acne. However, the risk outweighs the benefit. Bacteria are increasing its spread after hair remove and acne will not be controlled.

Since October of 2002, different lasers have received FDA clearance for the treatment of Acne. There are several different lasers that may be used to treat acne, but generally they work in one of two ways:

  1. Laser to heat the sebaceous (oil) glands in skin causing the sebaceous gland to shrink in size so that it produces less oil.
  2. Lasers work is to create oxygen within the trapped pore which destroys the bacteria causing the inflammation. Some acne is caused by bacteria that are normally on your skin. When these bacteria get trapped in hair follicles without oxygen it causes inflammation.
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