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what can I use when I have red blotchness from overexfoliation

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what can I use when I have red blotchness from overexfoliation from m2 high potency skin refinish. I have some triamcinolone acetonide ointment 0.1% which I used for a couple days and it made it almost disappear until next mourning where there would still be a little. I stopped after two days until I could get confirmation that this would be ok.kevin

RickMD :

I am online and happy to help you with your question today.

RickMD :

How long ago did you use the skin treatment?

RickMD :

Is there any pain in the area of the blotches?

RickMD :

Where, on your body, are these blotches?

RickMD :

Do you have any medical problems or take any medication?

Customer:

right cheek, have been using product for over six weeks

Customer:

no medical problems and no meds

Customer:

no pain no itchness just a little warmth

RickMD :

Ok. Thank you for that information.

RickMD :

Well, the most important thing you can do is drink a lot of water. Good hydration is one of the best ways to "smooth" out blotchy skin areas, especially after a treatment like you have had.

Customer:

I drink eight glasses ea day

RickMD :

I also suggest you put Shea butter on the areas as this helps to regenerate your skin to its natural tones while protecting against the damage that UV rays can cause. Allantoin is also helpful.

RickMD :

Some people like to use Vitamin E cream, but I don't think you should use that right now after the M2 treatment as it can affect the skin tones.

Customer:

where do I get these and how long will it take

RickMD :

Does this make sense to you, Kevin?

RickMD :

You can get these at most natural foods/product stores.

Customer:

was the triamcinolone not a viable option

RickMD :

I would give it 7 to 10 days as your skin has to "turn over" to even out the blotches and this takes a bit of time.

Customer:

would a steroid cream would faster

RickMD :

It is a good option but, as you know, steroids have a bunch of side effects so you can't use them for an extended period of time. Also they tend to thin the skin and delay turnover of the top layers of the dermis. I was just trying to come up with a more natural and safe options for you.

Customer:

I am going out of town so I was looking for a quicker approach

RickMD :

It would be OK to try the steroids, but if you don't start noticing a significant improvement in 5 days I'd try the things above.

Customer:

is triamcinolone ok

RickMD :

Since you are going out town, it would be safe to give the topical steroids a try....but don't prolong it.

Customer:

thanks

RickMD :

Yes. Kenalog is a very powerful steroid cream so it it can be absorbed into your blood and have systemic effects like glaucoma, decreased immune system function etc.

RickMD :

My pleasure. Have a safe trip.

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Kevin,

Just to be clear: I feel you will be fine to use the kenalog ointment for an additional 5 days. This should be safe and effective.

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