After IPL , I have two burn blisters on my forehead and darkened marks that never existed on my forehead, and this was the clearest part of my face... is this normal??
After IPL I Have Two Burn Blisters and Dark Marks That Never Existed - is This Normal?
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Dark marks after IPL
Darkening of the skin after IPL is not abnormal. Areas of sun damage, even those we've never seen as blotchy, can react quite significantly after treatment. The skin in these areas can become darker, blotchy, dry and flakey. Blisters are not 'normal' but they are possible and a known side effect/reaction. Don't pick or peel any blister or skin that starts to dry and flake...this can lead to scarring. Keep the blistered area moist with something like Aquaphor Healing Ointment and make sure to follow up with whoever treated you so they know exactly what happened and can help in your aftercare.
Dark spots after an IPL treatment
Blistering rarely happens but if it does, notify your provider, keep the area clean and apply aquaphor or Vaseline ointment. You will notice brown spots darken in appearance after the treatment. These areas will gradually slough off or gradually fade and the spots will be lighter than before the treatment.
IPL treatment more red than typical
Your photo shows greater skin reaction and redness than typical after IPL. This will likely resolve but absolutely should be evaluated by your treating or supervising physician where the IPL was done to insure proper management.
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