Acne Treatment | Post-Care Instructions

Acne is the most common skin condition and is experienced by people of all ages, some more severely than others. After your Acne Treatment procedure at VLS it very important to follow our aftercare instructions. See below for everything you need to know about caring for your skin after a laser acne treatment.

For Cystic Acne Treatments:

Keep out of direct sunlight for 12 to 24 hours, wash face 2-3 times a day use gentle cleanser's continuously. Keep bedding and face clean. Use of Benzoyl peroxide (BPO) or Salicylic acid based product.

AVOID: facial scrubs, oral acne medications, heat, Retin- A, hydroguinone*, tretinoin* cream, corticosteroids, glycol acid (GA) and azelaic acid*.

Recommended: Use sunscreen and adopt a skin washing regiment using gently oil free cleanser.

Expectations: Redness will go down in 1-2 hours. Active acne reduces and even skin tone and texture appear.

For Maximum Results: 2-6 treatments spaces out 4-7 days apart then monthly maintenance depending on severity.


As always, should you have any questions please call our office at 802-777-8949 during regular business hours or email us anytime via

Post Care Glossary:

Azelaic Acid: Comes in a gel or cream and has antibacterial and anti- inflammatory properties. It is more commonly used for another type of condition called rosacea, but it may help mild acne.

Benzoyl Peroxide: is a medicine you use to treat acne. It comes in different strengths in lotions, gels, soaps, and liquids.

Hydroquinone: is used to lighten the dark patches of skin (also called hyper pigmentation, melanoma, "liver spots", "age spots", "freckles") caused by pregnancy, birth control pills, hormone medicine , or injury to the skin.

Kojic Acid: is used to treat skin diseases such as melasma

Salicylic Acid: is an active ingredient in some nonprescription acne treatments. When you apply it to your skin it dries up whiteheads, blackheads, and pimples. It also causes the top layer of your skin to peel. Products that contain salicylic acid may cause tingling and a mild redness of the skin.

Tretinoin: (brand name Retin-A, Avita, Renova) is a derivative of vitamin A and is the treatment of choice for comedonal acne as well as whiteheads and blackheads.