Undergoing laser treatments can be a transformative experience for your skin, offering remarkable improvements in various concerns, such as acne scars, age spots, wrinkles, and more. Regardless of which laser aesthetic treatment you’ve chosen, the post-treatment phase is crucial for prolonging your desired results and ensuring the long-term health of your skin. We uncover the key steps you need to take to nurture your skin and unveil its radiant glow post-laser treatment.
Why is Post-Treatment Skin Care Important?
After laser treatments, your skin can become extremely delicate and vulnerable, and may even suffer from temporary side effects such as redness, swelling, dryness and increased sensitivity. This makes your skin more susceptible to damages from external irritants, infections, and the sun. Hence, it is important to implement a proper post-treatment skincare routine to support your skin’s healing process and enhance the treatment’s effectiveness.
Skin Care Tips Post-Laser
1. Stay Away from Sunlight
The harmful ultraviolet (UV) rays from the sun can exacerbate skin sensitivity and cause other skin problems such as ageing and pigmentation. Protecting your skin with a broad-spectrum sunscreen containing a high SPF, avoiding being exposed to sunlight, and wearing protective clothing can give your skin the opportunity to recover and regenerate without additional stress. Thus, speeding up healing and keeping your skin healthy.
It is important to note that some indoor lighting emitting UV rays can also affect your skin. Do take necessary precautions to protect your skin from them too.
2. Keep the Skin Moisturised
Skin hydration is a vital step after laser treatments for skin. Laser treatments can disrupt the skin’s natural moisture barrier, which is an important “shield” that protects your skin from many types of damage. By applying moisturisers, you’re replenishing the skin’s moisture content, strengthening its protective barrier, and creating an environment conducive to healing.
Apply a gentle, non-irritating moisturiser containing ingredients like hyaluronic acid or ceramides that help restore moisture and support the skin’s natural barrier function. Avoid harsh or fragranced products that could further irritate your skin.
3. Use Only Approved Skincare Products
Stick to using skincare products approved by your dermatologist or recommended specifically for post-laser treatment. Avoid using harsh cleansers, exfoliants, or products with potential irritants such as alcohol or retinol to minimise the risk of irritation.
4. Reduce Swelling with Ice
Laser treatments for skin can cause temporary inflammation and swelling in the treated area. Applying ice helps constrict blood vessels and minimise inflammation to soothe, alleviate discomfort, and promote faster healing. Do not apply the ice directly onto your skin as it can cause ice burn or frostbite. Instead, wrap them in a clean cloth or place them in a sealed plastic bag before gently pressing them onto the treated area. Keep moving the ice pack in a circular or sweeping motion to prevent any localised cold injury.
5. Avoid Touching or Picking at the Treated Area
Refrain from touching or picking at the treated skin to prevent infections and scarring. Let the skin heal naturally and avoid applying excessive pressure or rubbing on the treated area.
Proper skin care after laser treatments is vital if you wish to achieve the best possible outcomes and ensure that your skin remains healthy in the long run. By following the above-mentioned steps, you can support the healing process, minimise side effects, and maintain a youthful-looking complexion for longer.
Dr. Kenneth Lee is an accomplished and knowledgeable aesthetic doctor at Dr Plus Aesthetics Clinic, dedicated to helping you regain your confidence. Reach out to us today for more information on our aesthetic treatments in Singapore.