Follow this daily checklist to ensure your skin heals well and remains free from infection.
Do be patient with your skin’s recovery.
Do use an antibacterial makeup.
Do apply sunblock should you be spending the day in the sun.
Do clean your face with a cream cleanser so you maintain the protective layer of natural oil that prevents infection.
Do cleanse your face after exercise with a cream cleanser then rinse off and pat dry. When drying your skin over the treated area, pat with a soft towel. Do not rub or wipe as this can bring the scabs off prematurely.
Don’t apply makeup to the treatment area for 12 hours after treatment. Don’t apply makeup to any part of the treatment area that remains red or inflamed. Follow the steps on this page showing how to apply and care for makeup hygienically.
Don’t expose the treatment area to unnecessary sunlight or to tanning lamps for 2 to 3 days after treatment and then only if the treatment area appears fully healed and any scabs are gone. If you work in the food industry, avoid exposing the treatment site to infrared warming lamps.
Don’t exercise or work out for at least 3 hours after treatment as this can exacerbate any redness, swelling or inflammation of the treatment area.
Don’t pick or scratch at scabs in the treatment area. Itchiness is a sign of fast healing. Do not give in to the temptation to touch or scratch. Apply a moisturising cream to the irritated area then apply Melfol Calm Balm over the top of it.
Don’t use abrasive substances, including loofahs, on the treatment area. These can re-trigger inflammation in sensitive skin and prematurely remove scabs.
Don’t wash the treatment area with soap, no matter how mild, during the course of your treatment and never immediately after treatment as this will remove the skin’s protective oils and expose the area to possible infection.
Don’t use glycolic or fruit acid peels, products containing retinol, teatree oil or any other product that works by aggravating the skin as they will slow or reverse the healing process. Also check that these ingredients are not in your cleanser or moisturiser.
Don’t try to speed the healing process by using several different products. Ie: Melfol Calm Balm plus your favourite cure-all lotion. This often leads to skin irritation and interference with the healing process.
Don’t use any type of oil or “butter” (i.e.: cocoa butter) on the treatment area as it can lift the tiny scabs early and prevent complete healing.
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