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Let's explore the dos and don'ts of post-procedure skincare for optimal healing. Treatments and procedures can disrupt the skin’s natural barrier function, leaving it vulnerable to irritation, infection, and other complications.  

Whether you have undergone a laser treatment, chemical peel, microdermabrasion, or even a surgical procedure like a facelift, the steps you take to care for your skin afterward can significantly impact the healing process, the results of the procedure, and the long-term health of your skin.

A proper skincare routine helps support the skin’s healing mechanisms, reduces inflammation, and minimizes the risk of complications. Let’s take a look at some dos and don’ts of post-procedure skincare:


Do Follow Your Healthcare Provider’s Instructions

First and foremost, always adhere to the specific post-procedure instructions provided by your healthcare provider or dermatologist. They know your skin type and the specific treatment you have undergone, so their guidance is invaluable. Schedule and attend any follow-up appointments to monitor your progress, address any concerns, and adjust your skincare regimen as needed.

Do Keep the Treated Area Clean

Proper hygiene is essential for preventing infections and promoting healing. Wash your hands thoroughly before touching the treated area, and use a gentle cleanser recommended by your healthcare provider.

Certain skincare ingredients, such as retinoids, alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs), and fragrances, can exacerbate post-procedure sensitivity and irritation. Avoid using products containing these ingredients until your skin has fully healed.

Do Use Moisturizer

Keep your skin hydrated by using a gentle, fragrance-free moisturizer that won’t irritate your skin. Choose a hydrating moisturizer with soothing ingredients like hyaluronic acid, glycerin, and ceramides to help replenish lost moisture and soothe the skin. Apply it regularly, especially if your skin feels dry or tight.

Do Protect Your Skin from the Sun

Sun exposure can damage your skin and prolong the healing process. Wear a broad-spectrum sunscreen with SPF 30 or higher, and avoid direct sunlight, especially during peak hours. If possible, wear protective clothing, such as hats and sunglasses.

Do Stay Hydrated

Drinking plenty of water helps to hydrate your skin from the inside out, promoting faster healing and overall skin health. Aim to drink at least eight glasses of water daily, or more if you are particularly active or live in a dry climate.

Do Be Gentle with Your Skin

Avoid harsh scrubbing or exfoliating the treated area, as this can irritate your skin and interfere with healing. Instead, use gentle, non-abrasive skincare products and pat your skin dry with a soft towel.

Do Follow a Healthy Diet

Eating a balanced diet rich in vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants can support your skin’s healing process. Focus on incorporating fruits, vegetables, lean proteins, and healthy fats into your meals.

Do Stay Patient

Allow your skin ample time to heal and avoid rushing into your regular skincare routine too soon. Remember that the healing process takes time, and results may not be immediately visible. Be patient and consistently follow the new recommended skincare routine for the best outcomes.

Do Manage Discomfort with Cool Compresses

If you experience discomfort or swelling after a procedure, cool compresses can provide relief. Use a clean cloth soaked in cool water or chilled gel packs (wrapped in a thin towel) to gently soothe the treated area. Avoid applying ice directly to the skin, as it can cause ice burns.


Don’t Pick at Scabs or Crusts

It can be tempting to pick at scabs or crusts that form on the treated area, but doing so can increase the risk of infection and scarring. Leave them alone and let them fall off naturally.

Don’t Take Hot Showers and Baths

Hot water can strip your skin of its natural oils and exacerbate irritation, especially in the days following a procedure. Stick to lukewarm water when showering or bathing, and avoid soaking the treated area for extended periods.

Don’t Use Harsh Skincare Products

Avoid using products that contain harsh ingredients, such as alcohol, fragrance, or exfoliating acids, as they can irritate your skin and delay the healing process. Stick to gentle, non-irritating products recommended by your healthcare provider. Look for products with soothing ingredients like aloe vera, chamomile, and oat extract to calm and comfort the skin.

Don’t Ignore Signs of Infection or Complications

Keep an eye out for any unusual symptoms, such as increased redness, swelling, warmth, pain, or drainage from the treated area, as these could indicate an infection or other complication. Contact your dermatologist immediately if you experience any concerning symptoms.

Don’t Do Any Strenuous Activities

While light exercise may be beneficial for your overall health, strenuous activities that cause sweating or increased blood flow to the treated area should be avoided, as they can interfere with the healing process and increase the risk of complications.

Don’t Smoke

Smoking can impair your skin’s ability to heal properly by reducing blood flow and oxygen delivery to the tissues. If you smoke, consider quitting or at least abstaining from smoking during the healing period to promote optimal recovery.

Don’t Apply Makeup Too Soon

While it may be tempting to cover up any redness or discoloration with makeup, it’s essential to let your skin breathe and heal properly before applying cosmetics. Wait until your dermatologist gives you the green light to resume your normal makeup routine.

Don’t Use Alcohol-Based Products

Products containing alcohol can dry and irritate the skin, especially after a procedure. Opt for alcohol-free alternatives to avoid unnecessary irritation and discomfort.

Don’t Assume One Size Fits All

Every procedure and every person’s skin are unique, so what works for one person may not work for another. Avoid assuming that the skincare routine or products that worked for you in the past will necessarily be suitable for your post-procedure care. Follow your dermatologist’s recommendations closely and consult them if you have any questions about your skincare regimen.

By following the dos and don’ts outlined in this blog, you can promote healing, minimize complications, and achieve the glowing, healthy complexion you desire. Consult your dermatologist or skincare specialist for personalized advice tailored to your needs.

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