Why you need to apply sun cream after laser and IPL treatments
It is crucial to wear strong SPF sun cream and avoid sun exposure on the treated area after laser and IPL (Intense Pulsed Light) treatments for several reasons.
Firstly, laser and IPL treatments can make the skin more sensitive and susceptible to damage from the sun’s harmful ultraviolet (UV) rays. Sun exposure can intensify the side effects of the treatment, including redness, inflammation, and even blistering or hyperpigmentation. The skin’s natural protective barrier may be compromised during these procedures, making it more vulnerable to UV radiation.
Secondly, laser and IPL treatments target specific skin concerns such as tattoo removal, hair removal, or pigmentation issues. Protecting the treated area from the sun helps to maintain the effectiveness of the procedure. Sun exposure can stimulate melanin production, leading to the formation of new pigmentation spots or worsening existing ones, counteracting the desired results of the treatment.
Furthermore, prolonged sun exposure without proper protection can accelerate the aging process and increase the risk of developing skin issues. The harmful UVA and UVB rays can penetrate the skin, causing DNA damage and triggering the production of free radicals, leading to premature aging signs like wrinkles, fine lines, and sagging skin.
To ensure optimal results and minimize the potential risks associated with laser and IPL treatments, it is essential to follow the post-treatment guidelines provided. This typically includes wearing a broad-spectrum, high SPF sun cream (SPF 30 or higher) on the treated area, seeking shade, wearing protective clothing, and avoiding direct sun exposure during peak hours. By doing so, you can protect your skin, maintain the treatment results, and promote long-term skin health.