The most important thing is avoiding the sun and tanning bed exposure. Ultraviolet light exposure immediately after treatment can cause blistering and scarring. This sensitivity decreases after 2-3 weeks and sensible sun exposure can be tolerated. The use of a high SPF, zinc based sunblock is mandatory and should be applied every 2 hours.
Public waters can also cause issues. Hot tubs and steam rooms can contain high amounts of harmful bacteria and they should be avoided. Swimming pools are more benign and if you’re a regular swimmer you can continue as long as you follow a common sense approach. Clean the treatment area before and after swimming with isopropyl alcohol. After swimming use Neosporin or Aquaphor on the treated area.
Keep the treated area clean and (preferably) dry. If desired you can apply lotions 1-2 weeks post-treatment. DO NOT scratch the treated area! If itching occurs apply Neosporin or Aquaphor. If itching persists, dab the area with isopropyl alcohol and Gold Bond Medicated cream.
Colorado Laser Treatments provides our clients with a list of post-treatment recommendations.