Fraxel and Dry Skin

Fraxel skin treatments use a laser beam made up of a column of much smaller beams to cause damage to the under layer of skin, without damaging the upper layer. Fraxel treatments can give patients younger, smoother looking skin, with few side effects and little down time. Fraxel is safe for dry skin, though you might want to take some precautions, since Fraxel can also be very drying for the skin in and of itself.

How Fraxel Works

Fraxel treatment uses a column of microscopic lasers. Each laser is one tenth the size of a strand of hair, and penetrates to the dermis, or under layer of skin, where it causes damage. As the skin recovers from this damage, newer, smoother skin appears. Fraxel treatments are an effective way to treat fine lines, wrinkles, sun spots and age spots.

Side Effects of Fraxel

While Fraxel is safe and requires little recovery time, there are some side effects. Side effects include:

  • Redness
  • Inflammation
  • Peeling
  • Flaking
  • Itching
  • Dry skin

Fraxel carries a small risk of scarring, hyperpigmentation and infection.

Fraxel and Dry Skin

Fraxel is safe for dry skin, but you'll want to take steps to keep your skin moist before and after treatment.

Protect your skin from the sun, refrain from smoking, drink plenty of water and sleep and eat well. Wash in warm, not hot, water for no more than 15 minutes, and apply baby oil to dry skin after bathing, while the skin is still moist, to lock in moisture.

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