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Busting myths surrounding laser skin treatment

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Jakarta  /  Sun, September 16, 2018  /  06:02 pm
Busting myths surrounding laser skin treatment

After laser treatment, Dr. Kardiana Purnama Dewi suggests that people should avoid using night cream as well as moisturizer on their irritated skin for at least one to three days.  (Shutterstock/File)

Up until today, there is still some controversy surrounding laser skin treatment. 

Below are some of the myths attributed to the treatment.

1. Laser skin treatment can lead to addiction

Genital dermatology specialist Dr. Kardiana Purnama Dewi, Sp. KK, told Antara on Thursday that this is untrue.

"The use of a good laser treatment to rejuvenate and lighten the skin dispels this myth. If you discontinue it, it will stop right there and it won't get worse."

2. Laser treatment will make your skin pigment darker

Spots on your skin will dry out and appear darker after being treated with the laser, says Kardiana.

"This is what we should educate the public about. [The effect of the] laser on the [skin’s] pigment will dry it out, like a scab. It will disappear in five to seven days," she adds.

3. After laser treatment the sun will darken your skin

This is partly true, says Kardiana, because when you sunbath the melanin in your skin will try to protect itself.

"Hence, you should wear sunscreen and moisturizer to make your skin heal faster [after laser treatment]," she suggests.

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4. Laser treatment causes serious side effects

This is also untrue, says Kardiana, adding that the skin may turn a pink, reddish color, but that was all.

Those with sensitive skin may turn red and develop a small bump as well as some itchiness if the laser is too strong. However this can be dealt with by using an anti-irritation cream.

After laser treatment, Kardiana suggests that people should avoid using night cream as well as moisturizer on their irritated skin for at least one to three days. 

Also note that you should only consider getting this treatment if you are 20 years old or above, she adds. (kes)

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