A question about Fraxel post procedure care – what’s best?

Hi Dr. Irwin, I had my second Fraxel treatment a week ago and I have two questions. First, can you tell me what happens if I scratch off the MENDS? I did so before I saw all the posts saying not to. My skin is not irritated and actually seems almost completely back to normal (this was not the case with my first treatment - it took weeks) I guess I'm afraid that I've not allowed all the benefits of the treatment by doing so. My second question is - when can I resume using my Obagi and Retinoid? I'm anxious to get started again. Thank you so much!

Most dermatologists would advise you to NOT pick, scratch or try to accelerate the healing process too much after any laser procedure.  Why?   Most people will get irritated or develop open areas (erosions) if they pick which can cause scars potentially.  Also, when you pick you are transferring more bacteria from your hands to your face increasing the risk of infection.   After 5-7 days, a little GENTLE exfoliation in the shower with a washcloth often does the same thing without the picking. 

Also, when you have any laser procedure, at the end of it, you should be given both verbal and written post care instructions which will usually ask you not to pick.   It doesn’t sound like you got those from your doctor????    Dr. I

Dr. Brandith Irwin, MD

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