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How to Protect Your Skin After Pigmentation Removal

Feb 06, 2024
How to Protect Your Skin After Pigmentation Removal
If you’ve had it with your freckles, birthmarks, sunspots, or rosacea, you can finally eliminate them with laser pigmentation removal. Afterward, it’s up to you to pamper your skin as it heals. Here’s how. 

Congratulations on your decision to zap away your sunspots, freckles, or other blemishes with laser pigmentation removal — it’s the fastest, safest, longest-lasting treatment for evening out your skin tone.

While laser pigment removal can significantly enhance your skin’s appearance, it also comes with special post-treatment requirements. 

When you come to Shira Laser for laser treatment on your hyperpigmented complexion, our experienced cosmetic specialists keep caring for you long after your treatment sessions end. This comprehensive guide gives you all the dos and don’ts on skin care post-treatment.

Anticipating the aftermath of post-pigmentation removal

After your pigmentation removal treatment, you can expect to experience a few side effects. Typically, these include redness, swelling, or a sensation like a sunburn. 

You may also notice your skin becoming dry, peeling, or forming scabs. Rest assured, these are standard and encouraging responses indicative of your skin’s natural healing process. They usually subside within a week.

A skin-nurturing post-pigmentation removal routine

As you heal over the coming days and weeks, here’s how to ensure the best results and the fastest recovery.

1. Cleanse with care

The first step in your post-treatment skincare routine is a gentle cleanse. Choose a mild, fragrance-free cleanser for sensitive skin to avoid further irritation.

2. Quench your thirsty skin 

After cleansing, it’s time to hydrate your skin. Use moisturizers tailored explicitly for sensitive skin. They’re typically free of harsh chemicals and fragrances that could exacerbate irritation.

3. Shield your skin from the sun

Sun protection is non-negotiable following a pigmentation removal treatment. Make a habit of applying a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30, even on overcast days. UV rays can still penetrate through the clouds and harm your skin.

4. Cool down with ice packs

You can ease swelling and discomfort with ice packs or a bag of frozen veggies. Wrap the ice pack in a soft cloth and gently place it on the treated area for 10-15 minutes at a time, several times a day.

5. Soothe itchiness

If your skin itches, resist the urge to scratch. Instead, apply a hypoallergenic, fragrance-free moisturizer or ask our team for a topical cream.

6. Don’t pop whiteheads

Whiteheads are an expected side effect of laser pigmentation removal. If you get them, don’t extract them yourself. Come to Shira Laser for expert advice and professional removal. 

7. Resist the urge to peel

Peeling or scabbed skin can be tempting to pick at, but doing so can lead to scarring or further hyperpigmentation. Allow your skin to shed these layers in its own time naturally.

The journey to even-toned, blemish-free skin doesn’t end with the treatment itself. It continues with mindful post-treatment care.

Let our experts at Shira Laser in the Williamsburg neighborhood of Brooklyn, New York City, help you get the best results from your laser pigmentation removal. Schedule an appointment or request a free consultation online or over the phone.