Can You Use Retinoids After Laser Treatment? What To Use

Can You Use Retinoids After Laser Treatment? What To Use Instead When it comes to undergoing laser treatment, there are several things you need to be aware of. Knowing how to take care of your skin pre and post treatment is incredibly important.

Post treatment care is essential for optimal skin healing, so you need to be aware of products and methods that may disrupt your skin’s natural healing process.

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In this article, we will be discussing whether or not you can use retinoids after laser treatment, as well as the alternative options.

What are retinoids? 

If you’re unaware, retinoid treatments are taking the skincare world by storm. Many skin care professionals will recommend that you use a retinoid serum for anti-aging purposes. Retinoids are a class of compounds that are known to be derived from vitamin A, making them incredibly effective when combined with skincare.

However, using retinoids after laser treatment is not recommended (unless advised otherwise by your healthcare provider) as it can be quite risky. The reasons behind this is that retinoids such as tretinoin or adapalene are known for increasing skin sensitivity and causing redness, irritation, and in severe cases, blistering when used on post laser treatment skin. This can be painful and uncomfortable, which makes using retinoids risky.

This is why after laser treatment, it’s essential to prioritise gentle skincare to promote healing and minimise any skin  irritation. Instead of retinoids, you can consider using soothing and hydrating skincare products.

Here are some suggestions:

Use a gentle cleanser

Instead of using an intense cleanser full of harsh ingredients, opt for a mild fragrance-free cleanser that will nourish your skin. Gentle cleansers clean your skin without stripping it of its natural oils, which is what you need after laser treatment. You should avoid harsh exfoliants or scrubs, as this can increase irritation and sensitivity.

Opt for a hydrating moisturizer

After having laser treatment, it’s important that you keep your skin hydrated to promote healing. You should choose a gentle, non-comedogenic moisturiser to use after your treatment, as it can help promote skin healing and keep your skin healthy and happy.

It may be helpful to look for products containing ingredients like hyaluronic acid, ceramides, or glycerin.


Sun protection is crucial after laser treatment to prevent sun damage and minimise the risk of any complications. Use a sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30 but preferably higher, and reapply regularly to ensure your skin stays protected and healthy. It may be best to cover the treatment area completely if you’re spending time outdoors. 

Healing serums

Instead of retinoids, why not opt for serums containing healing ingredients? Soothing ingredients such as aloe vera and chamomile can reduce inflammation caused by laser treatment, and help calm and soothe the skin. Additionally, you could also look for products that help repair the skin’s natural barrier.

In conclusion

It’s important to always consult with your dermatologist for tailored advice on what to put on your skin. Individual circumstances may vary, so it’s always best to seek the advice of a licensed professional. You should use the most appropriate products for you and your skin as instructed by your skincare provider.

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