Redness: It is common for the treated area to feel like a sunburn for a few hours after treatment. You can use a cold compress or cold water spray as needed. You may also experience redness and/or epidermal bleeding (purpura) in the treated area for 5-7 days.
Bathing / activities: Avoid strenuous exercise, massages and bathing in very hot water for 2-3 days after treatment.
Washing: Wait at least 12 hours to wash your face. Use a mild cleanser such as Cetaphil to cleanse your face. Keep using the cleanser for the duration of the healing process. DO NOT use any scrubs or irritants such as Retin-A, Benzoyl Peroxide or any astringents. Always pat the skin dry and NOT rubbed.
Hydrating: Apply Aquaphor on the treated area (avoid getting inside the eyes)a few times a day to keep the skin well moisturized. Leave the Aquaphor on while sleeping. Then steam in the shower the following morning. You can use a warm wash cloth in large, gentle circular motions to remove the ointment starting on day 4. Remember, DO NOT SCRUB. Avoid the use of any other moisturizing products (lotions, serums, liquid sunscreens, etc.) for at least 5 days after treatment. Using these products will prevent your skin from peeling and may hinder the full benefits of the fraxel laser treatment.
Makeup: Avoid the use of makeup for a least 5 days after treatment. Most makeup is moisturizing, which can sometimes stop the peeling process. If makeup is absolutely needed, it is recommend using new makeup to reduce the possibility of infection.
No Sun Exposure: Avoid direct sun light and tanning beds for at least 1–2 months after fraxel laser treatment. This is in order to reduce the chance of dark or light spots. A powdered mineral makeup can be worn during the healing process as a sunscreen, however make sure the makeup is new and the brush is clean. Liquid sunscreens are not enough, or recommended. Sun exposure delays the healing process. Sun exposure can cause damage to the healing skin and cause excessive pigmentation and textural changes that may be long lasting.
NO Smoking: Smoking increases the risk of complications. DO NOT smoke for 48 hours prior to and at least 7 days after fraxel laser treatment, otherwise healing time may be prolonged.
Do not discontinue your other medicine unless you have been instructed to do so by your physician.