IPL Skin Rejuv | Pre/Post Treatment Care

Pre-Treatment Care (Skin Rejuv)

  • Do not wax, pluck, use depilatory creams or undertake electrolysis for 4 weeks prior to treatment, and in between treatments.
  • Do not use prescription strength exfoliant creams (Retin-A and Alpha Hydroxy) for 2 weeks prior to treatment.
  • Please shave the night before all subsequent treatments.
  • Avoid tanning, including self-tanning lotions, tanning bed/booths or sun exposure, for 4 weeks prior to and in between treatments. Sunscreen should be worn at all times.
  • Increased photosensitivity from IPL can occur when taking certain medications. If you are taking the following medications, you must advise your clinician:
  • Antibiotics - doxycycline (acne), minocycline, Tetracyclines, Sulphonamides
  • Antihistamines - Diphenhydramone, Cyproheptadine
  • Antidepressants
  • Herbal supplements (St. John's Wort, Ginkgo Biloba, Citrus Oils, Herbal HRT therapies. (Taking these medications does not exclude you from IPL treatments: however, extra precautions are applicable in these cases.)

Post-Treatment Care (Skin Rejuv)

  • A mild sunburn-like sensation is expected. This usually last 2 to 24 hours but can persist up to 72 hours. Mild swelling and/or redness may accompany this, which usually resolves in 2 to 3 days. In some cases, prolonged redness or blistering may occur.
  • Direct sunlight to the treated area should be avoided. Daily application and reapplication every 4 hours of a SPF30 is recommended.
  • Apply cool/ice compress to treatment are as for 10 to 15 minutes every hour for the next 4 hours, as needed, to reduce discomfort and heat sensation.
  • The treated area can be gently cleansed and topical bactericidal ointment can be applied if needed.
  • Avoid use of sauna’s and swimming, especially in pools with chemicals.
  • Avoid applying cosmetics on treated areas (Retinol + Aha and BHA).
  • Avoid activities that cause excessive perspiration.
  • Avoid sun exposure to treated areas.
  • Do not pick, scratch or remove scabs as this will cause unwanted side effects.