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Incidence of acneform reactions after laser hair removal.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  16612673     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
There have been several studies published on the side effects of laser hair removal, but none specifically looked at acneform reactions. The aim of this study is to obtain an accurate assessment of the incidence of acneform reactions after laser hair removal in relation to skin type, laser type, site of treatment, polycystic ovarian syndrome history (PCOS), age, and sex of the patient. This is a multi-centre prospective study of patients presenting for laser hair removal. Data were gathered using a questionnaire completed by the staff who performed the treatment. The incidence of acneform reactions was 6%. The following variables showed a statistically significant effect on the percentage of patients with reactions: age, with younger patients more likely to develop lesions; those treated with the Nd:YAG laser type were more likely to develop lesions than those treated with the alexandrite; and the Fitzpatrick skin type V showed the highest incidence of acneform lesions, followed by skin types II and IV. History of PCOS, number of prior treatments, use of aloe vera cooling gel, and the sex of the patient had no apparent effect on the incidence of acneform lesions. Acneform reactions are relatively common after laser hair removal; however, in the majority of cases, the severity of the reaction was mild and lasted for a short duration.
J J Carter; S W Lanigan
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Multicenter Study     Date:  2006-04-13
Journal Detail:
Title:  Lasers in medical science     Volume:  21     ISSN:  0268-8921     ISO Abbreviation:  Lasers Med Sci     Publication Date:  2006 Jul 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2006-07-21     Completed Date:  2007-01-19     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8611515     Medline TA:  Lasers Med Sci     Country:  England    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  82-5     Citation Subset:  IM    
The Birmingham Skin Centre, City Hospital NHS Trust, Dudley Road, Birmingham, B18 7QH, UK.
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MeSH Terms
Acneiform Eruptions / epidemiology*
Age Factors
Hair Removal / adverse effects*
Lasers / adverse effects*
Middle Aged
Polycystic Ovary Syndrome / complications
Prospective Studies
Risk Factors
Sex Factors
Skin Pigmentation

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