Your skin needs time to recover from any type of peel, resurfacing or surgery, and specialized skin care can help. Skin care in the first days following your procedure should be gentle (read: no exfoliation), and you need to follow your doctor’s instructions to the letter.
If you don’t do exactly what your doctor recommends, the reaction you have can depend on the nature of the procedure. For example, after laser resurfacing, it’s possible to get an itchy, red rash or even a burn; using the wrong products after surgery can lead to infection at the incision sites.
In addition to a gentle cleanser that’s free of exfoliating beads or acids, after surgery, your doctor may give you an ointment to apply directly to incisions until they are healed. In most cases, you’ll be instructed to avoid all products other than this ointment until sutures are removed within the first week. Depending on the type of surgery, you may be able to apply eye cream or other moisturizers, but the key is keeping them away from healing incisions.
Once you’ve healed from a resurfacing treatment, your doctor may recommend using retinoids, as they deliver a chemical signal to the skin to produce even more collagen. However, since everyone heals at a different rate, be sure to check with your doctor before resuming your pre-procedure regimen.
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