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What Type of Sunscreen Should You Use After Laser Skin Resurfacing?

If you’re searching for the best sunscreen to use after laser treatments at our Philadelphia-area practice, our team can help you discover the ideal product for your unique skin and situation.

As anyone who is having these types of treatments is probably already well aware, sun exposure after laser skin treatments is not ideal. This is partially because the laser energy causes damage to the upper and middle layers of the skin, and the new, healthy tissue that grows is highly susceptible to sun damage. Your skin is extra delicate and sensitive as it heals from the controlled injuries that happen during a laser treatment session.

After undergoing laser skin resurfacing, it is important to protect your skin from further damage by using a high-quality sunscreen. This helps to protect your investment and prevent further damage to your skin. However, one thing patients may be unsure about is how to choose a good sunscreen for laser-treated skin. Here’s what to look for when choosing a gentle sunscreen for recently resurfaced skin.

SPF 30 or Higher

Choose a sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher to protect your skin from harmful UV rays.

Physical or Mineral Sunscreen

Look for a physical or mineral sunscreen that contains active ingredients like zinc oxide or titanium dioxide, which provide a physical barrier to protect your skin from the sun. Mineral sunscreens are designed for sensitive skin. 


Choose a non-comedogenic sunscreen, which means it won’t clog your pores or cause breakouts.

Fragrance-Free and Oil-Free

After laser skin resurfacing, it is best to avoid products that contain fragrances or oils, as they can irritate your skin and prolong the healing process.


If you plan on being active or spending time in the water, choose a water-resistant sunscreen to ensure your skin stays protected.

Don’t forget to apply sunscreen on and around the eyelid region, since sunglasses won’t be enough to protect all of the skin here. Apply your sunscreen every day—even on cloudy days or when you’re indoors, since UV rays can still penetrate glass and cause damage to your skin. Additionally, reapply your sunscreen every two hours and right after swimming or sweating to maintain optimal protection.If you’re trying to decide on the best sunscreen after a laser treatment, contact our team at Cross Medical Group today for more information on skin products you can use following laser skin resurfacing. Call us at (215) 561-9100 or submit a contact form to request a consultation online


2200 Arch Street Suite 120, Philadelphia, PA 19103
Philadelphia, PA

2200 Arch Street Suite 120, Philadelphia, PA 19103
PH: 215.561.9100

775 E. Lancaster Avenue Suite 230, Villanova, PA 19085
Villanova, PA

775 E. Lancaster Avenue Suite 230, Villanova, PA 19085
PH: 610.688.9100



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