After PhotoFacial, Should I Let Face Peel or Use Moisturizer?

I got o photofacial about 8 hours ago. After I washed my face I saw a lot of dryness and peeling. Should I use a moisturizer or should I leave my face alone?

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I recommend that you use a good spf and moisturizer after a photofacial treatment.  If you have any concerns, please follow-up with your provider.  

Seattle Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Photofacial and moisturizers

Photofacials do not cause dryness or peeling.  It was probably caused by products used before your treatment, such as a harse cleanser.  Wash gently with lukewarm water, use a moisturizer and sunscreen, and avoid the sun.

Martie Gidon, MD, FRCPC
Toronto Dermatologist
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Use a sunscreen and try to leave your face alone. Thank you for your question and good luck with everything.

Vivek Bansal, MD
Danville Plastic Surgeon
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After a photofacial, your skin may be dry in spots, especially where brown spots used to be. Use a nice emolliating moisturizer to replensih any lost moisture and to aid in faster exfoliation.

Edgar Franklin Fincher, MD, PhD
Beverly Hills Dermatologic Surgeon
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Photofacial can be drying.  This is especially true if a numbing cream was used.  The skin is intact, there is no reason not to use a moisturizer.   Almost any product will do.  However, this is not a time to use Retin A or alpha hydroxy acid products.  Typically I recommend letting the skin settle down for about a week before using these products.

Kenneth D. Steinsapir, MD
Beverly Hills Oculoplastic Surgeon
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