Does Vinegar Treatment Help After Pearl Laser?

I had pearl lasar today and wonder if the vinegar makes it redder and more burning as I have. I am swollen and some pain as a bad sunburn. Is there something else I can use to heal?

Doctor Answers 3

Pearl aftercare

Our patients find that the vinegar soaks are extremely helpful and soothing after Pearl laser treatments to reduce the sunburn-like stinging and redness.  Refrigerating the solution or using cold compresses is also helpful.  If you have been advised to use aquaphor after your treatment you may consider misting a bit of water on the skin first and then applying a bit of softened aquaphor to the skin in a very thin layer.   Use a mild fragrance free cleanser like Cetaphil 2-3 times a day as well and gently pat the skin dry (don't rub or scrub). When the skin begins to peel, definitely do NOT pick the peeling skin.  

Los Angeles Plastic Surgeon
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Vinegar soaks after Pearl laser

The post treatment instructions for pearl laser is to wash face at least three times a day with Cetaphil cleaner and to apply the vinegar soaks after and after the soaks apply a thin layer of Aquaphor. The soaks consist of 1 teaspoon of plain white vinegar to 2 cups of water. The solution is applied to face with a soft washcloth and can made ahead of time and stored in the refrigerator. If you are having problems with the vinegar then just wash the face with Cetaphil and apply a layer of aquaphor to treated area three times a day.

Vincent N. Zubowicz, MD
Atlanta Plastic Surgeon
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Pearl Laser

Dilute vinegar soaks are very effective in removing debris from the skin and decrease bacteria on the skin.

Vivek Bansal, MD
Danville Plastic Surgeon
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