A new gel for laser skin resurfacing helps reduces redness, allowing skin to look and feel better more quickly. The pretreatment gel contains vitamins, as well as additives that prevent bruising. The result, reports say, is a gel that desensitizes the skin and makes it less prone to the usual irritations.
Laser skin treatment is a popular procedure that is also known for a few after-effects, mainly involving redness and irritation that can last for days. But a new product on the market has been tailored to leave faces looking and feeling better sooner.
The Manhattan-based company Prescribed Solutions has developed a healing gel called Control Tactics. And unlike most skin gels, this one goes on your face both before and after laser treatment.
The gel is known as a pretreatment method and it contains vitamins, as well as additives that prevent bruising. The result, reports say, is a gel that desensitizes the skin and makes it less prone to the usual irritations.
The company suggests patients use Control Tactics on the skin twice a day for four days prior to a laser treatment – and then several times for three days afterwards. Doing this could dramatically reduce whatever swelling or redness you would normally expect. As a result, the patient is said to expect fewer complications such as bleeding, bruising, pain or slow recovery.
The gel contains no steroids and so it is also being promoted for long-term use against rosacea or sensitive skin.
No side effects have been reported, though doctors note an allergic reaction that causes a rash can occur. And some dermatologists suggested they would like to see this new product tested further.
For patients who don’t choose to use this gel, ice and moisturizers are a less expensive alternative that can help reduce swelling and redness after laser treatments.