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Year : 2016  |  Volume : 9  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 38-40

Comedones induced by vascular laser therapy

1 Department of Dermatology, Baskent University, Istanbul Hospital, Istanbul, Turkey
2 Department of Dermatology, Baskent University, Ankara Hospital, Ankara, Turkey

Correspondence Address:
Gulsen Tukenmez Demirci
Department of Dermatology, Baskent University, Istanbul Hospital, Istanbul
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/0974-2077.178545

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A 21-year-old female presented with acne-like blackheads on brownish areas located on the cheek. She had been treated with neodymium-doped yttrium aluminium garnet (Nd-YAG) laser (1071 nm), 160 j/cm 2 , three months ago for erythema and telangiectasia of her face. Afterwards, she developed atrophic, slightly depressed, hyperpigmented, 3-4 mm scars with superimposed tiny comedones within the treated areas. Topical treatment with tretinoin 0.05% cream on alternate days, and Sun Protection Factor (SPF) 50 sunscreen daily were commenced. After 2 months, comedones and hyperpigmentation mostly resolved but mild superficial atrophy persisted. According to our knowledge, this is the first case of atrophic scars studded with open comedones, developing shortly after laser therapy used for facial telangiectasia.

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