Post Treatment Instructions for Fraxel

You have just received non-ablative fractional laser resurfacing. Please read the following post care instruction carefully and follow them closely. Call if any questions or concerns.


Immediately following treatment the skin will feel quite hot. Cooling measures for comfort will be administered by your practitioner as well as moisturizer and sunblock applied.  After it cools it will feel like a sunburn for a few hours.


During the healing process (5-7 days)  NO ACTIVE PRODUCTS should be used on the skin as they may cause irritation to the treated area. This includes all of the following: any form of retinol, hydroquinone, salicylic/glycolic/lactic acid, vitamin C, or Benzoyl Peroxide. Do not use anything abrasive like a washcloth, or Clarisonic brush during the healing process as premature removal of dead skin may compromise overall results.

Here’s a look at what you can expect…

  • DAY 1: Skin may still appear red to brown, and swelling may remain around the eyes and mouth. Small brown scabs may begin forming which may give the skin a “tan” appearance. Wash with gentle cleanser twice a day; apply gentle moisturizer as needed, and a physical SPF  30. Makeup can be used if desired.
  • DAY 2 Skin will appear darker as dead skin (i.e. coffee grounds) are forming. Continue with gentle wash twice daily, moisturizer as needed and sunblock daily. Make-up can be used as desired.

You need to return for a follow-up appointment on Day 2 or 3 so that your practitioner can monitor the healing process and answer questions as they arise.

  • DAY 3: Skin will begin to peel as dead skin (i.e. coffee grounds) are lifting. Avoid scrubbing or picking dry skin as it may result in irritation and compromise the overall result. Continue with gentle cleanser twice daily, moisturize as needed and daily sunblock.  Makeup can be used if desired.
  • DAY 4: Skin will still appear dry and peeling will be prominent. Jan Marini Skin Zyme (green mask) can be applied x 30 min and gently removed with warm washcloth. Avoid picking and scrubbing.  Continue wish gentle cleanser twice daily, moisturize as needed and sunblock.
  • DAY 5: Skin will be mostly cleared of peeled skin with small amounts remaining on periphery of treatment areas (i.e. forehead, neck etc.) Continue with wash twice daily, moisturizer, and sunblock. Makeup can be worn. We recommend a POST TREATMENT FACIAL with an aesthetician to help with remainder of dead skin and hydration may be done at this point.
  • DAY 6/7: Skin peeling will be completely resolved. Skin will feel softer, yet sensitive to sunlight. Important to continue with sunblock daily, and may resume active products, if cleared by your practitioner. (i.e. retinols, AHA’s, vitamin c etc.) 

NOTE: Healing process may take longer, as much as up to two weeks on nonfacial treatment areas (i.e. legs, arms, chest). In some cases, “coffee grounds” may last up to two weeks.

Please do not hesitate to call our office at 855.383.7546 if you have any questions or concerns about your treatments.

If you have a situation that you feel cannot wait until the next business day please call our office and follow the prompts to our after-hours message to page the 24/hour nurse.