What to do when you pick something and you think it might scar.

Hello Dr. Irwin. I accidentally picked hard at a small scarred area that I recently did the fraxel laser on my cheek (I would say I picked it 2 weeks later) and it's scarred even worse (it lead to bleeding and a scab). Do you recommend I redo the fraxel on this area a month later or should I wait longer? Thank you for your time.

We’re are all human right?   I think we’ve probably all picked something on our faces at some point!  Now you’re worried that it made things worse. Here’s what to do:

  • First take a deep breath and realize it’s probably not as bad as you think.
  • Let is heal!!  Leave the crust/scab alone and do NOT pick at it, remove it, or in any way disturb it again.
  • Keep it moist with moisturizer or a little vaseline, until the scab falls off on it’s own or put a bandaid or medical paper tape on it to keep it moist.
  • Once the crust is off, you can use a little silicone scar gel and rub it in 2-3 times a day.
  • Give the area 1-2 months before deciding on a re Fraxel with your doctor.   You may not need to redo it.
  • If you are a frequent picker, you may have a mild version of OCD (obsessive compulsive disorder) or an anxiety issue.  If you do, consider getting help for this.

Hope this helps,  Dr. I

Dr. Brandith Irwin, MD

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