I have dry skin and brown spots after my IPL treatment, is this normal?
I just got an IPL treatment 5 days ago and my skin is extremely dry and my brown spots are more noticeable, is that normal?
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Replied on 2/9/2010
By: Celibre Medical Corporation | Laser Dermatology & Injections
Yes this is normal. Spots tend to get darker after IPL treatment and then rise to the surface and flake off. We would suggest moisturizing the area to minimize the flakiness. We would also suggest looking into q-switched lasers (the ones used for tattoos) if you want permanent
resolution of your age or sun spots as IPL treatments lead only to temporary results.
Replied on 2/9/2010
By: Rejuve | John Tang, M.D.
This is normal and expected. Your darker brown spots should flake off in 2-3 days. If you feel dry then you can put an approved moisturizer which will help with dryness and speed up the exfoliation process.
Replied on 2/9/2010
By: Esta Kronberg, M.D. | Board Certified Dermatologist
The reason the spots are more noticeable after your Photofacial is your skin is getting prepared to slough off the brown spots. The dryness is part of the process. Talk to your doctor's office for them to recommend a moisturizer for the dryness.
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