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Recovery After V Beam Laser Acne Treatment

author image Linda Tarr Kent
Linda Tarr Kent is a reporter and editor with more than 20 years experience at Gannett Company Inc., The McClatchy Company, Sound Publishing Inc., Mach Publishing, MomFit The Movement and other companies. Her area of expertise is health and fitness. She is a Bosu fitness and stand-up paddle surfing instructor. Kent holds a bachelor's degree in journalism from Washington State University.
Recovery After V Beam Laser Acne Treatment
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Vbeam laser treatment (sometimes referred to as "V Beam") is a type of pulsed dye laser that uses an intense burst of light on specific areas of skin. It can be used to treat acne because the light can have a toxic effect on the acne bacteria, according to the New Zealand Dermatological Society. Vbeam also can treat rosacea, age spots, visible veins, psoriasis and other conditions. It is a skin rejuvenation technique that does not require downtime from work or other daily activities, according to Bingham Memorial Hospital in Blackfoot, Idaho.

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Immediately after treatment with Vbeam, some people will have redness or mild swelling. This typically goes away within a couple hours, according to Bingham Hospital. However, a laser bruise called purpura will occur with some patients. The bruise will disappear in three to five days, according to the hospital.

Day-after Care

People who’ve undergone Vbeam treatment should use cold compresses during the 24 hours following the treatment to counteract swelling, according to Heavenly Skin Medical Skin Solutions in Florence, South Carolina. Also, patients should sleep on two pillows or otherwise boost themselves into an upright position the night after the treatment, Heavenly Skin recommends.

Healing Aids

The Heavenly Skin clinic recommends taking Arnica montana tablets by mouth and using a vitamin K cream on the skin. The Arnica and vitamin K both hasten healing of possible bruises. Arnica montana is available at health food stores, as is vitamin K cream.

Gentle Skin Care

People who’ve had Vbeam procedures need to be gentle with their skin for a week. Do not use scrubs or other products with abrasive material, Heavenly Skin advises. Do use a gentle cleanser two times a day, and moisturize skin. Also avoid using retinoids for the two nights following treatment.


Patients are usually advised to avoid sun before and during Vbeam treatment, according to the New Zealand Dermatological Society. After final results are achieved, patients need to use sunblock of SPF 30 or higher. The sunscreen needs to block both UVA and UVB rays.

Return to Activity

People can resume normal physical activity immediately after Vbeam laser treatment. Women can even wear make-up right away, according to Heavenly Skin.

Side Effects

There are possible side effects with Vbeam laser treatment, according to the New Zealand Dermatological Society. These can include temporary pain and redness, blistering and/or crusting, permanent or temporary changes in pigment that look like white or brown marks, infections such as reactivation of herpes simplex and rare cases of scarring. The most common side effect is temporary darkening or lightening in areas of treated skin, according to the American Academy of Dermatology’s Aging Skin Net website.

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