IPL Photofacial pre-and-post care instructions

IPL Photofacial Pre-Care Instructions:

  • Avoid sun exposure for 2 weeks before treatment, including tanning beds.

  • Avoid self-tanner for 2 weeks before treatment.

  • Use SPF 30 or higher daily to ensure coverage against UVB and UBA rays. 

  • Discontinue use of Tretinoin type products (Renova, Tretinoin, Retin A, Retin A Micro, Tri-Luma, Solage, etc.) at least 2 days before treatment. 

  • Discontinue the use of Hydroquinone 2 or 3 days before treatment. 

  • If you have a history of cold sores, begin prophylactic treatment with Valtrex or similar no later than the day of treatment. 

  • Notify the center if you develop a cold sore, acne, open lesions in the area being treated, or experience any type of illness before your treatment. 

IPL Photofacial Post-Care Instructions:

  • You may experience a sunburned sensation immediately following treatment. Some swelling is possible. 

  • The darkening of freckles and other areas is normal. If this occurs, do not pick or exfoliate the areas. They will flake off or lighten on their own over the next week if treatment was done on the face. It may take several weeks for this process to complete if treatment was done on the body. 

  • If you experience lingering heat or a burn, gently cleanse the area and keep cool/moist. Do not cover any occlusive dressing. Please notify us immediately if any suspected burns occur. 

  • Ibuprofen can be taken following the appointment for mild discomfort or swelling. 

  • Use SPF 30 or higher daily on treated areas exposed to sunlight. 

  • You may wash your face the following morning using the products recommended by your It’s A Secret Service Professional.

  • Please discuss continuing use of your regular regimen post-treatment. 

  • Makeup may be applied the day after your treatment (or sooner if advised by your technician).