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?

Doctor Answers 5

Photofacial

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.  

Photofacial

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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.  

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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Photofacial and moisturizers

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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

Photofacial

Use a sunscreen and try to leave your face alone. Thank you for your question and good luck with everything.

Photofacial

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Use a sunscreen and try to leave your face alone. Thank you for your question and good luck with everything.

Moisturize

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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Moisturize

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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

Moisturize.

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
4.9 out of 5 stars 26 reviews

Moisturize.

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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
4.9 out of 5 stars 26 reviews

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