Q: Would you recommend a laser facial for acne-prone skin? I’ve found facial hair getting thicker after undergoing laser hair removal treatments.

Let’s address the first issue about laser facials for acne-prone skin. It is hard to recommend a single particular laser type that can offer a direct therapeutic solution to your problem. However, certain lasers together with carbon peel have shown satisfactory results in many patients.

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It’s important to mention that many other treatments other than laser can also be effective in treating acne-prone skin. These can be used alone or in smartly designed combinations to get the desired results. Such treatment options include microdermabrasion, commonly known as crystal peels, various strengths of chemical peels using alpha and beta hydroxy acids or trichloroacetic Acid, different types of exfoliating acne masks, sonoscrubbers etc.

You should also be aware that in many cases, in addition to the above treatment options, we also need to prescribe oral antibiotics, hormonal pills (in female patients only) or oral retinoids depending on the severity and responsiveness of acne in different group of patients.

Now let’s address your second issue, of your facial hair getting thicker. This issue could be triggered by either a wrong selection of the type of laser machine or by treating the patient on unsuitable laser parameters.

Similarly, continuously treating patients with various intense pulse light sources can also lead to the problem you mention.

A co-existing issue of polycystic ovaries (PCOS) can also contribute towards similar complaints as yours. In these cases, we, after confirming the diagnosis of PCOS, treat these patients with a suitable combination of oral hormonal therapy prescribed simultaneously with the laser hair removal treatments.

Dr Ikramullah Al Nasir is specialist dermatologist and medical director at Dermacare Dubai. Got a problem? Our fantastic panel of renowned experts is available to answer all your questions related to fashion, well-being, nutrition, finance and hypnotherapy. Email your queries to friday@gulfnews.com.