Do not use contact lenses until eye swelling is TOTALLY resolved.
Immediately after treatment:
Ice packs/cold cloths may be used on the skin for comfort. After 1-2 hours the “hot” feeling will decrease and a “sunburned” feeling will remain. Continue cool compresses until comfortable. Apply occlusive ointment (Aquaphor/Vaseline), never let the skin feel tight, keep well moisturized. Vinegar soaks can also be done daily thru the healing process. 1 cup water, mix in 2 tsp. Vinegar, apply with a clean facecloth. Always make sure hands have been washed before touching your skin. If an antiviral was prescribed for you, continue to take as directed.
Next Day (Day 1)
Cleanse with a gentle cleanser and keep skin covered with Aquaphor/Vaseline. You might want to put a garbage bag under your pillowcase, so your pillow does not get the ointment on it.
Day 2 post-treatment
Cleanse with a gentle cleanser, keep skin covered with Aquaphor/Vaseline.
Continue to cleanse, do not pick at your skin or try to exfoliate, let it happen naturally.
You can start using a bland moisturizer during the day and apply your make-up. Recommend still using Aquaphor/Vaseline at night. Hydrocortisone cream might be recommended by your physician to be used to help with pinkness. Discontinue hydrocortisone after 1 week.
Continue to cleanse and moisturize with bland moisturizer. You can start using moisturizer at night as well.
Day 5, 6, 7
Continue cleansing and moisturizing. Your doctor/technician will advise you when you can return to your normal skincare regime and using active ingredients. Usually 14 days.