SkinPen Pre & Post Instructions

1 Week Before
If you have a history of herpes or cold sores, we highly recommend a course of antiviral medication pre and post treatment. This will prevent an outbreak of cold sores if you are prone to them. Cold sores can also break out on people who are not prone to them, but who have sensitive skin. Please call if you would like us to call in a prescription for you.

24 Hours Before
Discontinue any exfoliating or potentially irritating products like retinoic acid, tretinoin, retinol, benzoyl peroxide, glycolic/salicylic acids, astringents, etc.

Immediately after Treatment:
Avoid clothing, headbands, hats or scarves on the treated area.  If clothing is to be worn over the treatment area, we recommend cotton clothing that hasn’t been treated with fabric softeners or dryer sheets.

Redness and/or swelling is common and will resolve within 1-2 days.

Do not apply anything to the skin for 6-8 hours after treatment. This includes make-up, SPF or products of any kind.

8 hours after treatment, cleanse with Gentle Cleanser then apply SkinMedica HA5. Do not apply anything else to the skin.

Days 1-6 Post 
Recommended Skin Care Routine –
Cleanse, Hyaluronic Acid Serum (HA5) SPF (AM) or TNS (PM)

Follow your home care kit instructions as directed

Apply makeup with clean fingers instead of brushes or sponges
Mineral make-up may be worn, however, we recommend leaving skin clean for 24-48 hours if possible 

Do not use an electric or manual facial brush of any kind (i.e. Clarisonic or something of the like).

Bruising, pinpoint bleeding, minor scabbing, minor breakouts, swelling and/or redness may occur and will resolve within 7-10 days of treatment

Do not pick, peel, rub, scrub or irritate your skin in any way while it is healing, as this may cause scarring

Avoid heat, saunas, hot tubs and sweaty activity; this includes exercise of any kind

Day 7+ Post
You may resume your regular skin care routine as long as peeling/flaking has subsided. If you are still peeling/flaking, be patient and allow your skin the time it needs to heal before starting back on your routine.


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