Is it okay to have a lot of sun exposure after laser surgery for acne?
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No Sun after Laser
No Sun after laser. The skin still needs to heal and exposing it to UV light will harm the process and likely lead to darkened pigmentation.
I hope this was helpful,
Beverly Hills, CA
Sun protection is very important
A mineral-based broad spectrum sunblock containing the ingredients zinc oxide and/or titanium dioxide are best. They function as actual "blocks" to the sun as compared with sun "screens" such as oxybenzone and avobenzone. Recommended brands include CeraVe SPF 50 face lotion, SkinCeuticals Physical Fusion UV, EltaMD SPF 41 UV Physical Broad-Spectrum Sunscreen.
Sun on lasered skin
You need to ask the dermatologist or plastic surgeon treating him.
If he is having resurfacing, I expect the answer will be 'no sun.'
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Sun exposure after laser treatment for acne.
Unfortunately without more information it is impossible to provide an appropriate answer. Some laser treatments which actually target acne lesions do not require son avoidance within a few days of treatment. In contrast, resurfacing procedures performed for treating acne scars require extensive recovery times in some situations. Sun avoidance is extremely important following these procedures. If you can provide more information about the type of treatment your son will be undergoing other physicians may also be able to give an opinion.
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