Remember that your skin is still healing internally for about 4 to 6 weeks after your series of treatments are complete. Your skin is also more susceptible to Hyperpigmentation so my recommendations on taking care of your skin after Fraxel include
- Treating your skin gently and avoiding abrasive cleansers or rubbing with towels or washcloths
- Using a simple gentle cleanser like Cetaphil is generally easily tolerated by anyone
- Using Sunscreen of at least 30SPF or a sunblock every day indoors or out - even on cloudy days
- Wearing a hat if you will be in the sun (Actually I recommend avoiding the beach and long days poolside altogether. If you must go the beach, take a beach umbrella, wear a hat AND use sunscreen
- Do not use new cosmetics or creams early on other than what your doctor approves of. An irritant or perfume could trigger a reaction from your fresh new skin
- Avoid high heat situations - it's not just sun that can trigger hyperpigmentation, it's also heat without the sun - steam rooms, saunas, cooking, etc.
- Avoid products with glycolic or other acids unless recommended by your dermatologist
- Skip any hair laser or other laser treatments on your Fraxeled skin until your doctor tells you it's okay
- Don't pick or pop acne pimples. See your dermatologist if they occur so you won't inadvertently create scars
You've paid a considerable amount of money to improve your skin and taking precautions will protect that investment as well as protect your skin!