There is really only one enemy of post-treatment electrolysis: infection. If no infection takes place, the vast majority of patients need to do next to nothing and just allow the skin to heal. Supplements are fine (and encouraged, just don’t over do it) and I’m not really against all the various post-treatment nostrums people use. Except for a couple thoughts.
First, giving a patient a laundry list of post-treatment instructions is connoting the idea that “something serious has been done to me, and I might be in some kind of danger." With this mind-set the patient might start to overdo it, and start seeing all kinds of worrisome (normal) manifestations.
Also, for me anyway, I would trust pharmaceuticals before any so-called “natural” remedy. Natural herbal things do not have the same FDA regulations that medications have. I also want to know exactly (in actual scientific terms) what the “thing” is doing and why it should be applied.
For example, I can tell you exactly what hydrocortisone (or even pure petroleum jelly) does in wound healing. But I don’t know exactly what the herbal remedies are supposed to be doing. For me, it’s not enough to say: “it helps the healing.” (And, yes I have researched most of the various nostrums being used today.) Again, I’m not really opposed to them, if you think they “work” then go for it. (In years past, patients were advised to apply Vitamin E from a capsule. Several serious allergic reactions did take place; so you never know.)
My own practice is to use “Hibiclens” (surgical grade cleanser) pretty liberally and in a few various straight and diluted forms (before and after treatment). A post-treat application of Hibiclens will wipe out skin bacteria for a full 24 hours. Since I have been using this (20 years plus) I have had much better results. For example the tiny white pustules that sometimes form (from resident skin bacteria invading the open wound) never happens. Because this is a long acting product, it also protects the patient from whatever they might want to do at home (you know they are going to do “something”). I mostly want patients to keep their damned hands off the wound and simply keep it clean … just wash in a normal way. And, if they see a “problem” to call me immediately.
By the way, if anyone is interested, I have a fascinating story about aloe vera and Helena Rubinstein. You will love this one; this is a Santa Barbara/NYC legend!
I hope you are all having a GREAT weekend. Sunday is the final day of our “Spanish Days Celebration” and all the 40,000 tourists go home … I can’t wait! Viva La Fiesta!