Aquaphor/Aloe Mask: (Days 1-3)
- Do not wash face until day 4 unless directed otherwise.
- Keep face lathered (goopy) at all times during the first 3 days.
- Do not let skin dry out. We want to prevent scabbing which leads to scarring.
- Begin using a vinegar soak 3-4 times daily beginning the day of your treatment to promote healing and provide antiseptic benefits.
- Mix 1 teaspoon of plain white vinegar to 2 cups of cool water.
- This solution my be mixed up ahead of time and kept in the refrigerator.
- Dip your washcloth into soak and dab onto face for about 2 minutes.
- Days 1-3 soak should be applied over Aloe/Aquaphor mask.
- It is okay to shower, but do not allow direct water to hit treatment site or any sort of products.
- No picking, peeling or scrubbing the skin in any way while healing.
- Allow the skin to slough off on its own.
- After the skin has finished sloughing (typically day 8), you may exfoliate using a gentle scrub, Clarisonic Brush or washcloth.
Post Treatment Expectations:
- Avoid excessive sweating or exercise.
- It is normal for the skin to feel “sunburned” and/or tight.
- The skin may be red or the first 3-7 days (or longer) post treatment, and then turn darker as the skin begins to slough.
- It is normal to feel as though the skin looks “older” 1-2 weeks post treatment until the skin regains its hydration content.
- The skin will continue to improve over the next 6 to 8 weeks as cellular regeneration continues to take place.
Possibility of Edema (Swelling)
- Elevate your head on two pillows to decrease swelling.
- Please know that edema is most common under the eye area.
- Please ice twenty minutes per hour, maximum. You may use a frozen bag of peas or a baggie filled with ice and small amount of water. Do not apply directly to skin, wrap in a soft cloth before allowing the ice pack to touch the treated area
Post Treatment comfort measures:
- Ibuprofen or acetaminophen may be used if needed for swelling/inflammation.
- Antihistamine such as Benadryl or Zantac my be used to ease itching.
- Cold packs may be applied post-treatment to ease any temporary discomfort.
- Discomfort usually resolves by day 5, but may last longer in some patients.
- If the skin is broken or a blister appears, apply antibiotic ointment (Neosporin or Polysporin) and call us.
Any questions or concerns please call us at our office 505-433-4043!