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Staying Clear Directly After Ablative Laser

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#1 mike06


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Posted 13 February 2013 - 04:08 PM

I am going to be getting the Ablative CO2 Laser on much of my face at the end of March for boxcar and icepick scarring.  I remain basically clear from a strict regimen of 2.5% BP and .1% Tazorac every day.  The problem is that if I deviate from this routine, I start breaking out bad again.  At 25, I am probably going to never stop getting acne so waiting isn't an option as I am ready to get treatment for my scars now.  I understand that I am going to have to stop using my BP and Tazorac for a week or longer after I get the laser treatment.  


The dermatologist doing my procedure is giving me an antiviral to take to prevent a herpes outbreak but no mention of oral antibiotics. I did not ask for them as they never did anything for my acne anyway.  Is there anything that I can do for the week or two after I get the laser treatment done to prevent breakouts?  Should I call and ask them to prescribe me an antibiotic?  Diet?  Any ideas would be appreciated.

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Posted 13 February 2013 - 05:59 PM

I would eat a clean diet and if you're worried about breakouts ask for antibiotics for a few days. You can also ask if you can use a lighter lotion/special lotion that will be less likely to prevent breakouts compared to the vaseline based products.

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