I have never heard of co2 laser diminishing blackheads. Do you mean the laser vaporizes blackheads or helps them surface? I have heard of people getting blackheads and millia after co2 laser when they used aquaphor or Vaseline, as their pores ended up clogged. If you do decide to do laser, I highly recommend using a post-op kit, like Avene's SOS Complete kit and their Cicalfate cream, instead of Aquaphor/Vaseline. I used Aquaphor after TCA Cross and my first laser treatment. Both times, I broke out and ended up with blackheads. Using Avene's kit, I didn't experience any issues and found the spring water very calming for my skin. I do still get blackheads when I wear makeup, so I have completely stopped using powder since my second laser treatment.
I am confused products like aquaphor and vaseline...because petroleum jelly classified as non comedogenic and it won't clog pores. It sounds safe to use it after laser treatment. But it also makes sense to me that it possibly causes blackheads and breakouts for some people including me. I tried it before for a few days, and I broke out horribly...!
"petroleum jelly can prevent the skin from releasing toxins, sweat and sebum. If this happens, the skin can’t breathe or eliminate toxins, thereby blocking pores and causing breakouts. In the final analysis, it seems to depend upon the individual."
Thank you *Inspired* for sharing your experience I'll defiantly check out a post-kit instead of petroleum jelly. I hope your second treatment is going well! I still use mineral powder on my face, and I know I should stop that...!
More likely than not - it won't help with blackheads/enlarged pores. It would also be dumb to undergo a treatment such as a fractional co2 just for blackheads.
No, I don't want to go through painful co2 laser treatment just for blackheads lol. Thank you for your comment!
Edited by FruitBiscuits, 12 July 2013 - 08:47 AM.