Halo Laser Pre + Post Care Instructions

Before your procedure

  • Avoid tanning; real, fake, or spray tans.
  • Wear sunscreen with UVA + UVB protection every day
  • Avoid topical products with tretinoin or Retin-A 1 week before your procedure.
  • Do not bleach, wax, tweeze or use depilatory creams in the treatment area.
  • Please come to the office without make-up, creams, gels, or lotions on treatment areas.
  • A history of herpes or cold sores may require a course of anti-viral medication pre and post-treatment. Please call our office for a prescription.

What to expect

  • DAY 1-2: The treated area will be swollen, red, and feel very warm.
  • DAY 2-7: Your skin will develop a bronzed tint, and small dark spots will appear. This is the pigment rising to the surface. And, it will slough off.

Caring for your Skin

  • Use plain, lukewarm water and a gentle cleanser to wash your skin 2x daily starting the morning after your procedure. Use your hands and gentle patting motions.
  • DO NOT rub, scrub, or use an exfoliant or skincare brush such as a Clarisonic on the treated area.
  • Moisturizer should be applied generously with clean hands over the treated area and reapplied whenever your skin feels dry.
  • Sunscreen is a MUST and should be used daily beginning the day after treatment and used consistently on a daily basis. Use sunscreen with Broadband UVA and UVB protection and an SPF of 30 or more. Ensure to reapply during sun exposure.

Tips + Tricks

  • Use a soft cloth and soft towels to avoid any scrubbing
  • Typically, you can apply make-up once the peeling process is complete
  • Wear a wide-brimmed hat or protective clothing for 2 months post-treatment to prevent blistering, scarring, hyperpigmentation, and hypopigmentation
  • When showering, avoid getting shampoo directly on the treated area
  • Avoid strenuous exercise and sweating until your skin has healed


  • 1 month


There may be some degree of swelling immediately after treatment; however, if you have excessive swelling or any of the following signs of infection, you should contact the office immediately.  Signs of infection include:

  • Drainage – looks like pus
  • Increased warmth at or around the treated area
  • Fever of 101.5 or greater
  • Extreme itching

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