My skin is still discolored from IPL treatment, is this normal?

I had a photofacial 6 days ago and had large dark brown rectangles all over my face. I've gently rubbed them off and now my skin has white patches. What should I do?

Answers from doctors (1)


Celibre Medical Corporation

Published on Aug 16, 2010

The situation you are describing is not normal and is an unintended side effect from the treatment. Our suggestion would be to go immediately back to your practitioner to see what they can do to help. If you are not confident with the answers they give you then seek out another practitioner locally.

In situations where a burn has occurred the first step is to make sure that the healing process is handled well. This means no sun exposure and keeping the area hydrated/moisturized. Also, do not pick at any scabs or lesions as this can make the problem worse. Let the skin heal and flake off without touching it or scrubbing.

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Answered by Celibre Medical Corporation

The situation you are describing is not normal and is an unintended side effect from the treatment. Our suggestion would be to go immediately back to your practitioner to see what they can do to help. If you are not confident with the answers they give you then seek out another practitioner locally.

In situations where a burn has occurred the first step is to make sure that the healing process is handled well. This means no sun exposure and keeping the area hydrated/moisturized. Also, do not pick at any scabs or lesions as this can make the problem worse. Let the skin heal and flake off without touching it or scrubbing.

Published on Jul 11, 2012


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