It has been over a week since I had my first Fraxel Laser Treatment. I thought I would make a list of all the observation.
7/26/2011 â€“ 8/3/2011
Facial swelling went down
One noticeable scar that filled in
No more pain
No more open wounds
The dusky skin peeled off, skin is a bit raw, but thatâ€™s fine
7/22/2011 - 7/25/2011
Face looked burnt
Swelling and pain
Face has red/pink spots from the most intense laser settings
Broke out in painful cystic acne and white heads due to clogged pores two days ago
The culprit? Acquaphor! This stuff has great healing properties but itâ€™s soooo thick that it does not allow your skin to breathe
Acquaphor clogged the skin pores
Havenâ€™t noticed any significant changes to improved skin
Dermatologist gave me the peroxide test to make sure the skin healed. If the skin did not heal from all the peeling, then the skin would fizzle from the peroxide. That would mean that I would have to keep using Aquaphor. But fortunately there was no fizzling from peroxideâ€¦ Yeaaaa!
I was told not to use the Aquaphor anymore. Another yeaaaaaaa!
Oral antiobiotics (minocycline HCI 65mg a day for 1 week) for the cystic acne was given to me.
I went back to my gentle Shiseido face lotion and sunscreen.
Woke up this morning and lo and behold!.... 3/4th of the cystic acne was gone!
Hyperpigmentation is slowly decreasing
Things that I learned:
Always wear sunscreen 30 minutes before going outside. The 30 minutes allows the sunscreen to be absorbed by the skin â€“ which makes it more effective. Wearing sunscreen 5 minutes before you are out the door defeats the purpose.
Most sunscreen lasts only 2 hours. If I am outside, I usually reapply every two hours. One thing I hate is wearing greasy sunscreen that makes my face look shiny. I started using Shiseido facial sunscreen (35 spf) and it feels very light. But it is really expensive! I donâ€™t think anyone will pay $40-$60 for sunscreen. But I just did and I am stuck eating ramen for lunch for a month.
I donâ€™t usually wear make-up, just a bit of powder for the shine. I was told that people who stop wearing make-up during the entire laser treatment (6 months) will heal much better than those who wear make-up.
Okay so thatâ€™s my update.