Photofacials are one of the most popular treatments that we offer patients during this time of year. After a long summer sitting out in the sun, you may have several sunspots that you want to get rid of. The great thing about sunspots is that they typically fade with time and with a little bit of a rest from the sun. But, if you just want to get rid of your sunspots a lot sooner, then you may want to get a photofacial.
Photofacials or IPL’s use tiny beams of light to target the sunspots on the skin. When they are targeted, it breaks up the melanin in them, which helps to get rid of them in the process. Depending on how your skin responds to this treatment, you may experience a little bit of tenderness and redness afterward. So, what can you do to help calm it down? Let’s take a closer look at a few suggestions.
Avoid the Sun
The number one thing we tell our IPL patients is to avoid any contact with the sun after they get a treatment done. Not only will your skin be hypersensitive, but you don’t want to get any more sunspots when you are trying to get rid of them. If you have to spend time outside for whatever reason, make sure that you wear a thick layer of sunscreen and a large-brimmed hat.
Apply a Gentle Moisturizer
Another thing we tell our patients to do is apply a gentle moisturizer to your skin. A moisturizer will help to soothe the skin and get rid of any dryness in the process. Just make sure that you are using a gentle fragrance-free moisturizer so that it doesn’t irritate your skin any further.
Carefully Apply Makeup
Unlike other similar treatments that don’t allow you to wear makeup while your skin is healing, you can wear makeup after an IPL but we encourage you to apply it gently. When you apply foundation, concealer, or bronzer, try using either a soft brush or your fingers to gently apply it and rub it into the skin.
Remember that after an IPL, it’s common for your freckles and sunspots to look darker; this is just a sign that your skin is going to shed them soon. To learn more, contact our office today (773) 763-3990.