Have you recently undergone a serious skin treatment or procedure that’s left you looking and feeling a little red and tender?
According to Harley Street Skin Clinic dermatoloist and medical director, Dr Stefanie Williams, this is nothing to worry about. You just need to know which products to avoid, and the ones that will have you well on your way to healing.
“Avoid irritating or harsh ingredients until the skin has fully healed (which, depending on the type of laser, may be up to two weeks),” Williams told Get The Gloss. "Ingredients to steer clear of include retinoids, glycolic acid, and salicylic acid."
As for recommended post-procedure products, it pays to invest in ones that can help treat sensitive skin without irritation. Below, BD has rounded up some of our top picks.
STERIMAR SEA WATER NASAL SPRAY is a nasal spray that contains no drugs or preservatives and helps to relieve nasal congestion associated with hayfever and allergies, blocked noses, sinusistis, colds and post-operative nasal care.
Hydra-Oil Scar Care Serum is a serum that helps diminish the appearance of scars resulting from surgery, injury, burns, cuts, scrapes and insect bites, as well as skin discolouration such as spots and stretch marks.
mesoestetic post procedure fast skin repair is a cream with anti-edematous and anti-erythematous properties that enhances the healing of tissues damaged by sun exposure or treatments.
Priori DNA fx221 Recovery Serum is a repair and recover serum and a cellular skin booster. Ideal for all skin types and those concerned with skin damage, seasonal change, post holidays and procedures and acne scarring.
Weleda Arnica 6x Oral Spray is a mouth spray that assists in the repair and healing of bruised and sprained tissues and muscles caused by falls, knocks, sports injuries, exercise and surgery.
CALECIM® Professional Serum is a serum that contains a high concentration of Rejuvenating Conditioned Media to help enhance procedures and optimise results.
SkinCeuticals Gentle Cleanser is a mild cream cleanser that removes excess impurities and oil without drying the skin. Gentle enough to be used several times daily, this non-irritating cleanser conditions, soothes, and calms sensitive or traumatised skin. Ideal following skin rejuvenating procedures.
BIODERMA Cicabio Pommade is an ointment that will relieve discomfort from major skin damage. It is ideal for use on peeling, after laser treatments, as a follow up to dermatological procedures or medical orders as well very dry, chapping skin.
Environ Focus Care Comfort+ Vita-Enriched Antioxidant Gel acts as an anti-pollution system which may help to protect the skin from external and internal stressors which could compromise skin health and wellbeing.
TEOXANE RHA® Serum is a highly acclaimed serum that hydrates and revitalises, visibly transforming a dull complexion while minimising the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. It can also be used pre and post aesthetic procedures.