I have darker skin type, should pre-treat my skin with any product prior to laser resurfacing?
I am considering laser resurfacing. I have darker skin type and wondering if I should pre-treat my skin with any product prior to my procedure.
Yes, there is good scientific evidence that supports the use of a pre-treatment regimen prior to your laser resurfacing, particularly if it is a deep (reticular dermis level) resurfacing and if you are darker in complexion. Studies have suggested the benefit of a retinoic acid prior to deep resurfacing may expedite the healing process. The addition of hydroquinone may also be of benefit. A recent study in the medical literature used a regimen that included proper sunscreen, 4% hydroquinone in the morning, and tretinoin in the evening for 1 month prior to the procedure. It is typically beneficial to resume this regimen approximately 8 weeks after the procedure