First Fraxel session - conflicting info on use of Obagi and Retin-A after Fraxel
Byon 18 Mar 2012
Hi everyone, I am Asian with some acne scars and melasma. I decided to get a 3- session package for Fraxel with Obagi products. The doc said I had some melasma and Obagi will help decrease the redness along with Fraxel. For 2 weeks before the Fraxel session, I started using Obagi Clear, Exoderm, Vit C serum, Blender daily, adding Retin-A 0.025% 3x a week. I had asked if I need to stop anything before the Fraxel session and they said no. So I kept on the Obagi until the night of the session. It was painful, despite the numbing cream and saran wrap and a 1000 mg Tylenol pill. Nothing screamworthy but I flinched quite a few times during the last 3 or 5 minutes.
MY QUESTION IS: The doctor instructed me to use Obagi products the following day, and the Retin-A after 3 days because I have thick skin. I keep reading here to wait on it so now I'm not sure.
I used Obagi this morning. But after reading this site tonight, I washed it all off, and kept it to the cleanser, the toner and the moisturizer. So what is the correct thing to do? I don't want to make worse what I just started. I'm now worried I may have caused damage by using Obagi products so soon. It has been 30 hours after my treatment. My face is red and swollen. The cheeks where my acne scars are feel grainy and dry with just the slighest tinge of itchiness. Products used: Neutrogena Naturals cleanser, Neutrogena non-alcohol toner, Yes to Blueberries moisturizer, Yes to Blueberries SPF 30 sunscreen and moisturizer, and Jane Iredale mineral powder. Also bought Solbar SPA 50 sunscreen Directed to use Obagi Clear, Obagi Exfoderm, Obagi Vit C 15% serum and Obagi Blender 24 hours after Fraxel session. Retin-A to start after 3 days. Thanks for any insights.