What causes Post Op acne and how to reduce it ?
There are many factors that could contribute to Post Op acne such as; anesthesia, hormonal reaction to the surgical stress on your body, medications, steroids, compression garments. Common flare ups appear to happen in your back, arms, face, and chest. Within the two week mark, patients could begin experiencing acne on their back. This typically arises from wearing the compression garment all day. The fabric of a second stage faja and the texture of the liposuction foams could create pockets of moisture and heat that could negatively impact your skin. Due to the recommended usage of compression garments, you are generally unable to air out your back for extended amounts of time.
Patient and consistency are key during your Post Op recovery.
● Wearing a cotton, linen, nylon, or bamboo top under your compression garments can minimize Post Op acne appearance. These fabrics tend to be more breathable and absorb sweat much better than other fabrics. Wear a different top each day.
● Apply topical treatments with ingredients such as salicylic acid, benzoyl peroxide, and tea tree oil. Allow the cream to dry before placing compression garments.
● Use a gentle exfoliating soap to remove impurities and dead skin cells that may be
clogging up your pores. Recommended amount is 2-3 times a week.
● Probiotics and vitamins help manage oil production while also preventing bacteria from forming.
● If acne persists and there is no improvement, make an appointment with your
dermatologist to further discuss other options.