Laser skin treatments can address an impressively wide range of skin concerns, from acne and redness to dark spots and wrinkles. However, to see the best results after your in-office laser treatment, you will need to take extra care of your skin as it heals over the following days and weeks.
While your specific aftercare guidelines can vary, depending on the type of laser used, these general skincare tips are important to follow after getting any type of laser skin treatment.
1. Stay out of the Sun
Not only can the sun cause further dark spots, wrinkles, and other damage to your skin, but it can also negatively affect the healing process after laser skin treatments. For these reasons, you should plan on staying out of the sun and wearing sunscreen when you need to be outdoors or near windows after your laser treatment.
“It is imperative to protect the skin after laser procedures,” urges Dr. Jason Pozner, MD of Sanctuary Medical Center in Boca Raton, Florida. “Sun block is a must, and other regimens vary depending on the laser used and your skin type.”
2. Keep Your Skin Clean
As Dr. Pozner emphasizes, the specific skincare regimen you will be asked to follow after laser treatments will depend on a number of factors and should be personalized to you. However, it’s crucial that you gently cleanse your skin regularly after any in-office laser treatment to prevent infection and other complications. Use a face wash or other product that your provider recommends, and remember to gently wash and dry your skin to avoid causing irritation.
Your skin might feel dry after getting a laser procedure, so your provider will likely recommend applying a particular type of moisturizer to keep your skin comfortable. The right moisturizer can also double as a protective barrier to help keep bacteria and irritants out as your skin heals.
4. Know What NOT to Apply
Equally important is knowing which skincare products not to use post-laser treatment. Strong ingredients such as hydroxy acids, retinoids, and vitamin C can sting, burn, or cause damage while your skin is healing. If you’re not sure whether a particular product or ingredient is okay to use, ask your skincare provider.
This tip goes for makeup too — wait until your skin has healed or you get the green light from your doctor before applying cosmetic products.
5. Use Cold Compresses for Swelling
Swelling and redness are not uncommon in the first few days after getting laser skin treatments. Apply a cold compress to the swollen area to reduce swelling and make you more comfortable as your skin heals.
Additionally, keeping your head elevated when you can will help to reduce swelling. Relax in a recliner instead of lying down in bed, for example.
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