Follow these Photofacial Aftercare steps to assure the best results.

The first few days and weeks following an IPL treatment are the most important. Follow these tips to ensure proper Photofacial Aftercare.

What to Expect

  • Following a Photo-Facial you may experience a little bit of stinging, redness, or swelling. This is normal and will diminish within 24 hours.
  • Over the few days, you might notice your brown spots and blemishes become a little more pronounced or even scab over. This is normal, so don’t worry. It means things are working! They will flake off over the next few days.
  • The darker pigmentation may last from 1-3 weeks after a Photofacial.
  • Your skin may feel dry, itchy or flaky for the first few days. Do not scratch it (even though I know it’s tempting). Your skin is really sensitive so special PhotoFacial aftercare is really important.
  • Any blistering or burns are not normal and should be reported to our clinic immediately to avoid scarring.

The “Do’s” for Photofacial Aftercare

  • Use a cold compress to help relieve these sensations. You can also prop your head up on a pillow at night to help reduce swelling if it persists.
  • Maintain moisture on your skin. Apply a gentle moisturizer and keep the application up so your skin doesn’t dry out. This is particularly important in cold/dry climates.
  • Use gentle cleansers twice a day to help continue to flake off old, dead skin cells. Do not use scrubs, astringents, masks or anything like that.
  • Be sure to use a sunscreen with at least SPF 30. This will protect against UVA and UVB sun rays which are particularly damaging to the skin at this stage. Contact our clinic for product recommendations.

The “Donts” For Photofacial Aftercare

  • Avoid unprotected sun exposure for the next 30 days.
  • Do not use make-up for the first 12 hours after a treatment.
  • Avoid any excessive heat such as hot baths, extra hot showers, saunas, dry heat, etc. for the next couple of days. Warm showers are OK though.
  • Again, no scratching. Those flakes might feel itchy but they will come off by themselves and need to be left alone to avoid scarring.

If you have any questions please contact us and we’d be happy to answer any concerns you may have.