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Justine Aloud

Posts: 1

Huntington Beach, California, US

I've read more good than bad reviews. The only thing that scares me is the pigmentation issue some people develop after it. Has anyone done acne laser treatment for active adult acne?

Aug 23 13 10:44 am Link


Christopher Daemon

Posts: 345

West Hazleton, Pennsylvania, US

Actually we need more info as there are several lasers in use, and some are better than others. I assume you aren't talking about at home LED light treatments, but something either thru an esthetician or dermatologist.

Additionally, it depends on what you may currently be using, for instance if you have been using hydroquinone, tretinoin, etc.

Aug 23 13 10:57 am Link


ChanStudio - OtherSide

Posts: 5403

Alpharetta, Georgia, US

Justine Aloud wrote:
I've read more good than bad reviews. The only thing that scares me is the pigmentation issue some people develop after it. Has anyone done acne laser treatment for active adult acne?

I don't now about laser treatment but acne comes and go. It isn't like if you treat that spot, it will disappears forever.  You treat one spot, another spot will produce acne.

I had a severe acne problem and went to dermatologist.  The following advice were given to me:

1. Drink lots and lots of water.
2. Wash face with soap twice a day (if you have oily skin, you need to wash with soap more often).
3. Hands shouldn't be touching face if not washed with soap.
4. Avoid putting anything on face as much as possible.  Your skin needs to breath and the more you block the skin, the more acne it will produce.

In my case, it was too late so I had to take medication and I had to report to the dermatologist every other day for two weeks.  Then after that, I had to report every week (oh yes, blood sample were being tested as well, before medication, during medication and after medication.).

Remember, once Acne gets into your bloodline, it is hard to get rid of it.  The only thing that would stop it is medication.

My advice is go and see a Dermatologist and get professional advice and see what are your available options.

By the way, I have been Acne free for 20+ years.. smile
During my teenage years, having acne wasn't fun.

Aug 23 13 11:04 am Link

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BodyPainter Rich

Posts: 18092

Sacramento, California, US

I would first get advice from a dermatologist who did not own a stake in a Laser oriented clinic.

Aug 23 13 11:29 am Link

Makeup Artist


Posts: 3088

Washington, District of Columbia, US

Justine Aloud wrote:
...the pigmentation issue...

Justine, there are a myriad of associated risks with Laser acne treatment... the pigmentation issue is also front and center with steroid injections typically used as a temporary fix for stubborn acne lesions.

You have been given excellent advice here... seek the guidance of an esthetician or dermatologist license to practice in your jurisdiction...  Rich is spot on in avoiding an initial consultation with a practitioner who's primary affiliation is with a clinic which specializes in Laser therapy... Albeit you may be referred to the aforementioned as a result of a consultation...

Please keep in mind that Acne can't be totally cured, only controlled... but control can/is highly effective in most situations...

Common wisdom is to start with a visit to an esthetician... they are highly trained, licensed and will know when to refer you to a dermatologist... estheticians are an integral part of effective triage... starting your journey at this entry point will afford you to better understand the full suite of treatment options/benefits/risks etc. 

Starting with an initial visit to a dermatologist may remove some appropriate options from the table... hope this makes sense...

best wishes for speedy and highly successful redress of your issues...

Aug 23 13 12:30 pm Link