Home Care Instructions for Patients Following Photodynamic/Photofacial Therapy 

Day of treatment

  • Immediately after treatment, you will have a white (zinc) sunscreen or dressing applied to the treated area. This must be kept on your skin for the entire day AND evening, regardless of whether you are staying in or going out. Sunlight, as well as fluorescent and other light, even small amounts, can activate the medication and cause an extreme sunburn-like reaction and other side effects. We find that generous amounts of sunblock is an excellent way of protecting the skin.
  • Remain indoors if possible and avoid direct sunlight for 24 hours post treatment. 
  • Apply cold compresses if required and as needed to alleviate any heat in the skin for intervals of 5-10 minutes.
  • Elevate your head on two pillows when sleeping to reduce swelling. Swelling will be most evident around the eyes and is usually more prominent in the morning. 
  • You can take antihistamines such as Claritin, Reactine, Arius, Benadry, etc. to alleviate swelling.

Day 2-3 

  • You may take a shower. Men should not shave if their face was treated.
  • You may take Tylenol for discomfort. Any discomfort usually subsides by day 3.
  • You should avoid sunlight as much as possible on day 2. The photosensitivity to sunlight is usually gone 24 hours after treatment, but may last as long as 40 hours. 
  • Skin will feel tight and dry, and you may experience flaking. You can moisturize your face with a gentle moisturizer, such as Glaxyl base, Cetaphil, Lubriderm, Aveeno as needed, followed by a generous amount of sunscreen. 

Day 4-7

You may begin applying makeup once any crusting has healed. The area may be slightly red for a few weeks.

The skin will feel dry and tightened. A good moisturizer should be used daily.

Continue daily sunscreen use. No beaches, gardening or outdoor activity! Use generous amounts of sunblock, first thing in the morning and early in the afternoon. This is an excellent way of protecting your rejuvenated skin. 

Recommended sunscreen: 

  • Elta UV Shield SPF 45
  • Vivier Ultra Sheer SPF 45
  • SkinCeuticals SPF 50
  • La Roche Posay Anthelios SPF 60 
  • Neutrogena Ultra Sheer or Sheer Zine SPF 45 or higher

Look for a sunscreen that is SPF 45 or higher with broad spectrum protection against both UVA/UVB rays. 

If you have any questions or concerns, please call our office at (905)-336-9624 or email us at info@dermetics.ca