Before Your IPL Treatment

Discontinue all hair removal methods except shaving, for at least one month prior to the IPL treatment of hair. No waxing, sugaring, electrolysis, bleaching, plucking, depilatory cream, epilator use.

Shave the area the day before IPL hair removal.

If prone to herpes cold sores you should start an antiviral 2 days before an IPL facial treatment and continue for 3 days after the treatment.

Discontinue use of retinoids and hydroxy acids at least one week prior to treatment.

Do not use medications that cause photosensitivity for at least 72 hours before the treatment.

Come in for IPL with clean skin on the area: not makeup, moisturizer, deodorant, perfume, sunscreen etc.

Remove contact lenses before facial IPL.

Avoid the sun and self-tanner for at least a month before treatment. Use sunscreen daily leading up to the treatment.

after Your ipl treatment

The skin may be red, swollen, itchy and feel like a sunburn. This typically resolves within a few hours but may last several days. In rare cases prolonged redness, scabbing, bruising, or blistering may occur.

Apply ice as needed to cool the skin and reduce inflammation.

Use only gentle skin products. Keep skin hydrated. Apply aloe, post procedure cream or non-occlusive moisturizer frequently until the skin returns to normal. Apply hydrocortisone cream if skin is itchy.

Avoid activities that warm the body for a few days after treatment: hot shower, hot tub, sauna, exercise.

It is extremely important to avoid sun exposure for at least a month after the treatment or for the duration of your series of treatments. You are required to wear SPF 30+ daily, even when indoors, on the sun exposed areas.

Never pick or scratch the skin. Allow the skin to heal naturally. Picking the skin can lead to scarring.

It is normal for red and brown spots on skin to turn darker before they flake off. It’s recommended to exfoliate the skin 2 weeks after a photo-facial to help with this process.

Shave the IPL hair removal area 1 week after treatment. This helps to remove the singed hairs.