Sun Exposure After Photofacial Treatments?

I have had 3 Photofacial treatments, but will be on a tropical island in 30 days. I will wear sunblock as well as a hat, but it IS a tropical Island.

Will I reverse everything I paid for? Will I see immediate freckles/spots coming back? Am I more prone to burning now that my skin is way lighter? How soon after I get back can I start the Photofacial treatments again?

Doctor Answers 5

Photofacial and sun avoidance

I strongly encourage you to wear a good sunscreen and reapply this every 2 hours while you are there.  Minimize your sun exposure during the 10am-4pm hours.  Also, wear a good wide-brim hat.

Seattle Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.7 out of 5 stars 221 reviews

Photofacial and sun avoidance

You should use a sunscreen with SPF 50+ and reapply every 2 hours.  Wear a large-brimmed hat and seek shade.  Avoid the sun from 10 am to 4 pm.  Remember, the sun's rays reflect off sand and water.  If you protect your skin, you will not reverse the effects of your photofacials.  Wait one month after your return or until any tan fades before resuming your photofacials.

Martie Gidon, MD, FRCPC
Toronto Dermatologist
5.0 out of 5 stars 22 reviews

Avoid Sun Exposure After Laser Treatments

I highly recommend you avoid or be very careful with sun exposure while you are on your trip.  I always discuss with my laser patients the importance of avoiding sun exposure while undergoing laser treatments. Having spent a good deal of time and money to get good results with the photofacials, sun exposure at this point will impair proper healing and will likely work against the benefits of the photofacial.  Wear sun-protective clothing, routinely apply broad-spectrum sunscreen of at least a 35 SPF and try to avoid the stronger, mid-day sun. I would recommend waiting at least one month after your trip until restarting treatments.


Channing R. Barnett, MD
New York Dermatologist
4.1 out of 5 stars 8 reviews

Sun Exposure after Photofacial

Considerable care should be taken with sun exposure after an ipl or laser procedure.  While you will not reverse the effects of the photofacial, you are more prone to hyperpigmentation.  

Kris M. Reddy, MD, FACS
West Palm Beach Plastic Surgeon
4.5 out of 5 stars 45 reviews

Sun Exposure after Photo Facials or IPL

I would be very careful with sun exposure after having achieved such great results at some cost. I'd go with SPF 60 reapplied every 3 hours, and more importantly avoid mid-day sun. Hat and shade will be your best friends. You will not reverse the effects of the photofacial, though a few temporary freckles may appear. You can restart treatment 1 month after your trip once your tan (however slight) has faded.

Benjamin Barankin, MD, FRCPC
Toronto Dermatologic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 53 reviews

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