How to care for your skin during Photo facials

IPL or BBL,Woman using suncream also known as Photo Facials work by delivering a broad spectrum of light energy into the skin using multiple wavelengths. The light energy penetrates into the dermis and subsurface layers of the skin, this allows for a gradual result with little to no downtime.

Photo Facials are used to treat skin discolorations, dark pigmented hair, visible capillaries/redness, while improving overall texture and tone. The result? a BRIGHTER COMPLEXION and younger looking skin.

 

How do you care for you skin PRE treatment:

  • Avoid ALL sun exposure for 48 hours prior to your treatment, and avoid tanning for 4-6 weeks prior to your treatments.
  • No Accutane for 6-8 months before the treatment. This medication increases your photo sensitivity and can lead to complications
  • Discontinue the use of Vitamin C, AHA’s, Retinols, and exfoliating scrubs.
  • If you have a history of herpes or cold sores, I suggest starting a anti-herpes medication 48 hours before your treatments. The heat of the laser can trigger an outbreak.

How to care for your skin POST treatment:

  • Freckles and Sun spots will DARKEN during the next few days and then gradually fade over the following  7-10 days.
  • A mild to moderate sunburned feeling will last 1-2 days. Cold compresses and ice packs can be applied right after your treatment to reduce heat in the skin, as well as an over-the-counter anti-inflammatory.
  • Topical Hydro cortisone can be applied to reduce any itching or irritation.
  • Mineral Makeup can be applied as long as the skin is not broken anywhere.
  • A gentle Microdermabrasion or AHA peel will help remove any remaining surface pigment. I would suggest waiting 10-14 days after.
  • PROTECT your skin at all costs!  Wear a Full Spectrum SPF 30+ DAILY for the next 8-12 weeks to prevent induced brown discolorations.
  • If your skin reacts with tiny heat blisters, which is common with aggressive treatments, cleanse twice a day with a gentle lipid-based cleanser and apply a antibiotic ointment. The area needs to be kept lubricated to prevent crusting or scabbing. Make sure NOT TO PICK or expose the areas to sunlight.

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