Ask anyone who has ever had a photo facial, and they will probably tell you about how incredible it was to experience the intense pulsing light from the facial laser penetrating into the deepest layers of their skin, witnessing it stimulating their collagen production, and having it leave them with younger-looking and healthier skin. Countless clients have happily used photo facial technology to treat commonly occurring skin problems including wrinkles, rosacea, and age spots among other things. Regardless of the targeted issue, after you have a photo facial it is important to follow these aftercare recommendations to maximize its benefits, and keep you looking and feeling your best.
Stay out of the Sun As Much As Possible
After you have a photo facial, your skin may be red and swollen for a few hours. It will also be very sensitive to sunlight. In fact, sun exposure after a photo facial can negate all of the benefits and even cause skin damage. It is important to stay out of the sun as much as you can for a full month following your treatment and then continue to avoid sun after that. When you will be in the sun, completely cover all exposed areas or wear an SPF 30 or higher sunscreen.
Even if you will have minimal exposure to the sun, you still need to wear sunscreen as a lifelong maintenance plan as the sun stimulates melanin production and will cause any targeted pigments to return. Make sure that it also protects from both UVA and UVB rays and that it is reapplied every 2 hours when you're in the sun. Thoroughly apply it to the treated area to ensure that your skin stays protected. Begin this regimen immediately after your photo facial - even before you leave to go home.
Be Gentle to Your Skin
Sun exposure is not the only thing that you should be wary of after your treatment. There are other everyday factors that can potentially cause problems. Don't take overly hot showers or baths for the first 48 hours after your facial, as it can irritate and the skin. Warm and lukewarm showers or baths are fine. You also should not apply foundation, powder, or blush to your face for 24 hours after the facial unless it is pure mineral makeup, which is a natural sunblock and shields the skin well. Even sheer makeup will enter your pores and irritate your skin if it is not mineral makeup.
Strenuous exercise such as cardio workouts should be avoided for the first 48 hours. Perspiration will cause sweating, which allows bacteria to breed and can cause the sensitive skin to become infected. In addition, it is important not to scratch or pick at your skin after the photo facial, even if it itches or feels irritated. This can cause your skin to become infected as well.
Avoid Accutane and Acids
Vitamin A acids are normally good for your skin; however, they can wreak havoc if you are having a photo facial. Avoid all AHA's, glycolic acid, retinoic acid (retin A), peels, alpha-hydroxy acids, and other facial treatments for the 3 weeks before, during the complete course of treatments, and then for at least a month afterwards. These acids can cause skin damage after a facial.
The same thing applies to Accutane. Using Accutane six months before or after your facial increases the risk of scarring and other skin damage. You must discontinue your Accutane regimen in order to have a photo facial, and stay off Accutane until you are cleared by a professional.
A photo facial is a tremendous boost, not only to the condition of your skin, but to your self-confidence. It is a nearly-painless, non-invasive procedure that is an excellent alternative to topical medications and cosmetic surgery. By faithfully following an aftercare regime after treatments and keeping it up for the rest of your years, imperfections will be greatly reduced or eliminated and replaced with fresher, younger-looking skin.
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