Problems after a laser treatment!!

Hello Doctor I had pixel laser treatment on 9th March 2012. For enlarged pores nad hyperpigmentation on my forehead. After I peeled completely in 5 days my skin was light pink on cheeks n forehead. I was out the 6th day in my car for 3 to 4 hrs. I did use sunscreen. From that evening I started using a tretinoin .05% and hydroquinone 2% cream every alternate day. where ever my skin was pink, it had turned dark reddish brown.. Can this be because i started using tretinoin too soon on skin that had not healed completely? Also can i so something to improve my skin condition like cold compress or warm compress? Would a corticosteroid cream help?

Okay –  I’m very sad that this is happening to you.   I want to emphasize to you 1,000,000 times that this is when you need your doctor.  Please call your dermatologist pronto!!   I am really hoping that you had this laser treatment (which exact laser was it?) performed by a board certified dermatologist or plastic surgeon because you will need a good doctor to help you through this.  Also, you don’t mention your post laser instructions which should tell you exactly which sunscreen to use, how long to stay out of the sun (remember UVA goes through car window glass), when to use hats, and when to use your tretinoin and hydroquinone creams.  All of these answers depend on your exact situation and should be answered by your dermatologist.  Here is some information on finding a good doctor.   Dr. I

Dr. Brandith Irwin, MD

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