Day in, day out, most of our patients wear make up; these products often contain preservatives, chemical dyes, fillers and numerous fragrances – all potentially detrimental to the skin, particularly after aesthetic treatments.

Following most treatments, skin can be left sensitive and penetrable. Because of this, make-up has the potential to be damaging to the skin, either by increasing the risk of further irritation, instigating an allergic reaction or causing acne. Advice on post-treatment make-up varies, depending on the product and treatment used. In the case of dermal fillers, it is advised that light make- up can be applied immediately to hide redness.1 Botulinum toxin requires a minimum of four hours2 before application.

Other treatments may require a longer waiting period before products of this kind can • be applied. With chemical peels, it is advised that the patient should avoid make-up on the day of the peel,3 whilst patients who have undertaken derma-rolling treatments should avoid the use of cosmetic products for 12 hours post treatment. However, radio frequency treatments allow the patient to ‘put make up on as desired.’4 Abiding by these guidelines will enhance good results, and, as advised after a derma-rolling treatment, it may also be beneficial for the practitioner to supply the patient with specialist mineral make-up, in order to avoid potential irritation.5

As professionals in aesthetics, we should have an understanding of how patients’ lifestyles influence their health and wellbeing, and take every opportunity to promote health, prevent illness and support patients to make lifestyle changes where appropriate.6 Most of our female patients, and some male, wear make-up or use some form of cosmetics on a daily basis. To follow on from the care that they receive in-clinic, it follows good and thorough practice to find out what cosmetics and make-up your patients use. It is also imperative to look at the evidence supporting the ingredients contained in the make-up and cosmeceuticals that we advise patients to use, or that we sell to them.*

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