Frequently asked questions
How does the Carbon Laser Facial work?
The skin is cleansed and a medical grade Carbon paste is applied which penetrates the pores.
The laser is then used to gently heat the carbon shattering the epidermal keratinocytes and dirt, killing bacteria in the pores. You will hear a soft snapping noise as the carbon is blasted off the skin. You may feel a light tingling. This removes excessive sebum, exfoliates the upper layer of skin and unclogs pores, making it a perfect treatment for those with enlarged, blocked pores.
The final pass is made over your face to ensure all the carbon is removed. The frequency of the laser is increased again to ensure all the carbon has been vaporised. This is a laser photothermolysis. This step activates the collagen, elastin and hyaluronic acid production.
Does it hurt?
No! The treatment is gentle, non-invasive and painless. You'll probably hear a snap sound as we target the carbon particles in your pores with the laser. Our clients describe the feeling as warm or prickly but not painful.
Are Carbon Laser Facials Safe?
How many Carbon Laser Facials do you need?
If you want to see long term improvements we would recommend 6 to 10 sessions of carbon laser facial. For milder issues 3 to 5 sessions can be sufficient. Treatments are spaced out 2 to 4 weeks apart for best results.
What does Carbon Laser Facials help with?
Exfoliating - As the carbon is targeted by the laser, it blasts away dead skin cells, blackheads and effectively exfoliates the skin. The result is softer, radiant skin with reduced pore size and a more even skin tone.
Rejuvenating - Carbon peels also target the deep layers of the skin to stimulate collagen production, which in turn produces firmer, plumper skin, reduces fine lines and wrinkles, and leaves skin feeling tighter and glowing. It is a great anti-ageing treatment for the face, neck, décolletage, hands and feet.
Acne and Oil Destroying - The heat produced by carbon peels has 2 additional benefits. It reduces the P.Acnes bacteria responsible for acne, allowing for better management of pimples and outbreaks, and it also shrinks sebaceous glands (oil producing glands), resulting in less oil production, and therefore reducing congestion building up in the pores. Treatments can be performed on any part of the body, including the back and chest.
Pre & Post care advice
Before your treatment:
No sun-tanning or self-tanners 4 weeks prior to treatment o Includes spray tans, tanning lotions, tanning beds, sun exposure, etc.
Avoid treatments that may irritate the skin for 1-2 weeks prior to treatment (waxing, depilatories, etc.)
Notify clinic with any changes to your health history or medications since your last appointment
History of herpes or cold sores may require an anti-viral prescription prior to treatment if treating in the area that breakouts occur.
Will I see immediate results?
Which therapists provide this treatment?
Will I need a Patch Test?
Yes, it is extemely important to have a patch test at least 24 hours first treatment.
Can everyone have it done?
Unfortunately, not all treatments are for everyone. Please check our contraindications list to make sure you avoid disappointment.
Conditions that would mean you were not able to have this treatment:
Conditions affecting your Immune System
Systemic Lupus Erythematosus (SLE) an autoimmune disease often referred to simply as “Lupus”.
Severe Rheumatoid Arthritis especially if treated with “Gold Injections” or Methotrexate
Any other known auto-immune disorder
Any other disease affecting your immune function e.g. following removal of your Spleen
Liver disease such as Hepatitis A, B, C
Haemophilia, Von Willibrands Disease, Thrombocytopenia
Blood Thinning Medication
Anticoagulants such as Warfarin, Heparin, Clexane Or Dabigatron
High doses of Aspirin, Ibuprofen, Diclofenac (NB Prophylactic slow release Aspirin at 75 mg day or less is acceptable)
Prone to Keloid or very thick scarring
Vitiligo or any other skin pigmentation problem
Psoriasis or eczema (on treatment area)
Photodynamic Therapy (PDT) for Cancer
Chemotherapy/Radiotherapy for Cancer, Leukaemia, Myeloma or Lymphoma
Acute or Chronic Kidney Disease
Type 1 Diabetes & type 2 when on medication
Implants / Metal Plates/ or Pacemakers
Conditions that need a doctor’s letter to confirm the treatment is suitable before treatments can begin:
Transplant Anti-Rejection Drugs
Hypertension (High blood pressure treated with medication)
Cancer - after 12 months
The list below is of things that require a waiting period until you can start treatments:
Active Herpes simplex (Cold Sores) - wait 2 weeks until its healed and use antiviral medication a few days before and continue a week after treatment
Acute fungal infections - Wait until the condition has cleared until having your treatment
UV exposure from sunbathing or sunbeds - wait 4 weeks before your starting your treatment and please note you cannot sunbath or go on a sunbed during your course of treatment
Chemical Peel, Microdermabrasion or Radio Frequency - wait 4 weeks before starting treatments and do not have in the area during your treatment course.
Medical Chemical Peels, Dermabrasion, Laser Skin Resurfacing or Face Lift at site of treatment - wait 6 months before starting treatments and do not have in the area during your treatment course.
Drugs & Herbal Remedies
- Fever Few or St John’s Wort - both of these herbs are photosensitising
Recommend that the client stops taking the preparation and waits 4 weeks for the herb to be completely cleared from their system before treatment - otherwise client skin may be burned.
- Over the counter pain relief e.g. non-steroidal
Antiinflammatory/pain relief drugs such as Ibuprofen and/or Aspirin these must be allowed to clear from a client’s system before any treatment – suggest a delay of one – two weeks before treatment begins.
- Prescribed a drug for a short term (course of less than six weeks) by their GP/Hospital
The course should be finished and wait at least a further six weeks for any drug to be completely excreted from their system before having treatment. (Notable drugs that can cause problems during laser and or IPL use are Tetracycline antibiotics and steroids)
- Prescribed a long term drug (a course lasting longer than 6 weeks) by their GP/Hospital
The client should be referred back to the prescribing doctor for a letter of authorisation for the treatment to go ahead. Notable long term drugs that can cause problems are Ro-Acutane used in Acne treatments (specifically listed on Medical History form), Minocin which is an antibiotic (frequently used in long term Acne therapy) and Amioderone a drug used in Cardiology.
Eco & Vegan Information
Carbon Laser Facials has two parts to it the laser which uses a handle that does not need to be renewed reducing waste and ‘Activated’ charcoal which is made when the raw material (usually nut shells) goes through a forced process where it is carbonised at temperatures up to 12000C and acid washed to produce a friable, very fine powder. This is called a super-adsorbent. This type of charcoal does not occur naturally and has to go through the above industrial processes to be created. The end product contains no oxygen, nutrients or fibre, all having been burnt off.