Avoid saunas, steam rooms, hot yoga, hot showers and intensive exercise for 24 hours following treatment. These activities can cause irritation to skin made more sensitive by laser, photodynamic light or microneedle treatments. If you had a stem cell application done, keep skin hydrated with mineral spray or DNA collagen moisturizer for at least 24 hours.
Avoid sun exposure for two weeks after laser treatment and at least one week after any facial treatment. Immediately after either treatment, the skin is more vulnerable to damage from UV rays, making sunburn and hyperpigmentation (dark spots) or hypopigmentation (white spots) more likely. After that, avoid unprotected sun exposure - use SPF 35 or higher at all times when outdoors.
Wash the treated area gently with warm (not hot) water and mild skin safe cleanser. Don’t exfoliate for two days after any treatment.
Moisturize! Skin stays healthier when properly hydrated and moisturized.
If your skin feels or looks irritated, use a cold compress to relieve it. Over-the-counter hydrocortisone cream may also soothe the skin. Red bumps that appear immediately after treatment are actually a good sign - it means the laser effectively disrupted the hair follicle. The bumps typically disappear within 24-48 hours. Any irritation after any facial treatment should be at least talked about, so give us a call.
Do not wax, tweeze or epilate between laser treatments - this will disturb the follicle and make laser hair removal less effective. It is perfectly fine to shave.
Do not tan, get a spray tan or use self tanning lotion for two weeks prior to laser and light treatments. The hair removal laser setting targets pigmentation, so we want it to see only the pigment in the hair, not in the skin. If the skin is too dark, it will absorb too much energy from the laser and be more likely to burn and/or develop spots on the skin that are darker or lighter than the surrounding skin.
And of course, if you have any questions or concerns, or if you just miss us, don’t hesitate to call!