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IPL Treatment Guidelines

Day of Treatment

  • Immediately after treatment, the skin will feel warm/hot. This is a normal reaction. If needed, you can apply cold compressed (not ice) to the treated area. Post laser enzyme gel or moisturizer and SPF will be applied before you leave the treatment room. Once the area cools, you may still feel a sensation similar to that of a mild sunburn for up to 2 hours. Tylenol or Ibuprofen may be taken to alleviate any residual discomfort.
  • Following your treatment there is potential for swelling that will typically dissipate after 24 hours, however, in some cases swelling can last up to 72 hours.

During the Healing Process (7-10 Days)

Do NOT use any active products that can irritate the skin:

  • Retinol (or other Vitamin A derivatives)
  • Hydroquinone
  • Salicylic, glycolic or lactic acid
  • Vitamin C
  • Benzoyl peroxide

Do NOT use any abrasive devices (i.e., Clarisonic or any spin brush) nor exfoliating products.


First 48 Hours

  • Avoid hot showers and strenuous exercise.
  • Wash and moisturize the treated area 2x every day.
  • Wear SPF 30 or above daily.

Days 3-7

  • Continue to wash, moisturize, apply and reapply SPF (every 2 hours of sun exposure).
  • The areas being treated for brown spots will darken and begin to flake off.
  • DO NOT pick these dark flakes as they may scar and minimize your result potential.