What To Do Before and After Laser Acne Treatment

January 16, 2018

Many people suffer from embarrassing acne skin issues. Do you have visible acne or acne related scars? There are a number of treatments available that are specifically designed to address acne prone skin. To prepare yourself you need to take some important steps before laser acne treatment and afterwards.

How To Prepare Your Skin Before Laser Acne Treatment

Before you undertake any laser acne skin treatment you need to take a few necessary precautions. This ensures that the procedure is as successful and safe as it can be. We recommend before laser acne treatment and between treatments it may be necessary to get: a jet peel, chemical peels, deep cleansing or acne treatment facials, which help with exfoliating and hydrating your skin.

Limit Sun Exposure

It is important to limit sun exposure to a minimum at least two months before laser acne treatment. Over exposure to the sun can cause permanent damage to your skin. This can also affect the results of your laser acne treatment as it may cause irregular pigmentation issues. 

What Happens During A Laser Acne Skin Treatment

At IGBeauty we use state-of-the-art laser technology to treat many skin conditions including acne and acne scarring. The technology we use is the Lumenis® Photofacial which combines two powerful lasers; the Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) and the ResurFX™ laser system.

The IPL enables flashes of light to pass through a specific area of the skin. What is unique about this process is that it can actually trigger your skin’s natural reaction to kill acne bacteria in the pores. It will also reduce the inflammation, which is caused by excess sebum oil.

The ResurFX works by stimulating collagen regeneration in the targeted areas. It is unique because it only requires “one pass” to target acne scars. All while protecting the surrounding skin areas. Our patients usually see visible improvement in skin tone and texture after about 3 treatments.

Both the IPL and ResurFX are non-invasive, very safe and effective treatments with virtually no side effects. They are both Health Canada and FDA approved. Many skilled skin care professionals have used these procedures all over the world with successful results. You should be able to achieve optimal results anywhere between 3-5 sessions. We ask you to take 4-week intervals between each session. Typically results should last for up to 6 months following treatment.

What To Do After Laser Acne Treatment

After laser acne skin treatment we ask all our patients to stay away from the sun and to wear at least SPF 25 protection until your skin heals. Following treatment you may notice some redness or minimal swelling. This should subside within a few days. Typically most of our patients can resume daily activities right after treatment as make-up can be applied right away.


Acne related skin issues can be bothersome to many people but with modern laser technology these issues can be successfully treated. Before laser acne treatment you need to ensure that you prepare your skin correctly by staying out of the sun and taking anti-viral medication. After the treatment you need to continue to avoid unnecessary sun exposure. This will ensure a safe and effective treatment protocol.

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