Ablative laser resurfacing can’t treat active acne (that is, when your acne is causing lots of spots and making your skin red and inflamed). It won’t help with deep acne scars either. But it can help to reduce any shallow acne scars. Non-ablative laser techniques may be able to treat acne scars and some types of acne too.
If you’re taking the medicine isotretinoin for acne or have used it in the past two years, you won’t be able to have ablative laser resurfacing. This is because isotretinoin makes you more likely to get scars after the procedure.
If you have acne, your pharmacist or GP will be able to give you advice and recommend the best treatment for you. There are many treatments available, including creams, lotions and antibiotics that can control any infection and prevent new spots forming.
Non-ablative laser resurfacing is similar to ablative laser resurfacing but it doesn’t destroy the top layer of your skin (the epidermis). It uses several different techniques and types of laser.
Non-ablative laser resurfacing doesn’t work as well as ablative laser resurfacing – the changes to your skin may not be as noticeable. But your skin will recover more quickly afterwards. For example, your skin may look red for only a couple of days after this procedure.
Non-ablative resurfacing is often better for younger people who want their skin to look and feel better. It may also be a better option if you have darker skin.
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