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3 Things To Keep In Mind After Your Skin Resurfacing Procedure

If you have recently decided to go under the laser beam to repair damaged skin cells in the outer layers of your skin so that you can finally have wrinkle-free, blemish-free, young-looking skin, then there are a few things that you need to keep in mind following the procedure. The following tips will ensure that you are ready to embrace that renewed skin and that you get the absolute most out of your skin resurfacing treatment.

1. Keep Your Skin Clean and Moist to Avoid Infection.

Immediately following the procedure, your dermatologist will provide you with instructions on what to do. As a general rule, this will include keeping your skin clear and moist. the reason for this is to avoid your skin from becoming dry and to keep any dirt and dead skin cells off of the recently-treated area. When doing this, you must be very gentle so as to not upset the new skin cells. Also, in most cases, you will also be instructed to apply an ointment or moisturizer, which will help keep the skin moist. This helps to keep the risk of infection down and reduce complications (scarring). 

2. Don't Forget to Apply the Sunscreen.

While it is always important to wear sunscreen when out in the sun (even if it is cloudy), your skin is going to be particularly sensitive and tender after your laser skin resurfacing treatment. Therefore, it is crucial that you wear sunscreen -- the highest SPF that you can obtain -- when you go outside. Of course, for a specific period of time, as determined by your dermatologist, it will be recommended that you stay inside if possible. If you fail to take adequate care of your skin from the sun, you run the risk of damage your skin again and developing unsightly dark spots. 

3. Wait Until Your Skin Is Healed to Apply Makeup.

After your treatment, you may be inclined to apply makeup immediately. This is because your skin will have a red-ish or pink-ish tone to it from the laser targeting your outermost layer of skin and removing it. While you are allowed to wear makeup, you need to wait until your skin has had time to heal sufficiently before doing so. When you do start wearing it, you may want to opt for an oil-free foundation for optimal coverage. 

If you're interested in skin resurfacing treatment or have skin issues and aren't sure what type of treatment is best-suited for your skin problems, consult with a dermatologist, such as those at Center For Plastic Surgery, who can help determine the best course of treatment.