Treating Phytophotodermatitis with PicoWay Laser

Treating Phytophotodermatitis with PicoWay Laser

Treating Phytophotodermatitis with PicoWay Laser:
Mending Margarita Mishaps for Radiant Skin

Welcome to Beaux MedSpa’s blog, your trusted source for all things skincare in Austin, Texas. Today, we delve into the intriguing world of phytophotodermatitis (phyto-photo-dermatitis) and explore the remarkable treatment capabilities of the PicoWay laser. We will also delve into a real-life example of a recent patient who experienced this condition after an unfortunate encounter with a margarita spill in the pool. Fortunately, with the expertise of our team, her skin will be restored to its former beauty in no time.

Understanding Phytophotodermatitis:

phytophotodermatitis margarita burnPhytophotodermatitis, often referred to as “lime disease” or “margarita dermatitis,” is a skin condition that occurs when certain plant compounds come into contact with the skin, followed by exposure to sunlight. This combination triggers an inflammatory reaction, leading to skin discoloration, irritation, and sometimes blistering. The primary culprits behind this condition are specific chemicals found in certain plants, particularly those containing psoralens.

The Unfortunate Incident:

Recently, we had a patient who experienced the distressing effects of phytophotodermatitis firsthand. Picture this: a sunny afternoon by the pool, a refreshing margarita in hand—what could possibly go wrong? Unfortunately, a spilled margarita ended up on her shoulder, and she assumed the pool water would wash away any traces. Little did she know that the citrus in the margarita, combined with the sunlight, would lead to an unexpected skin reaction.

Treating Phytophotodermatitis with PicoWay Laser:

At Beaux MedSpa, we understand the discomfort and embarrassment that phytophotodermatitis can cause. That’s why we offer advanced laser treatments to restore your skin’s health and beauty. The PicoWay laser, renowned for its precision and effectiveness, has emerged as a breakthrough treatment for various dermatological conditions, including phyto-photo-dermatitis.

The PicoWay laser works by emitting ultra-short picosecond pulses of laser light. This technology enables the laser to target and break down the pigmented compounds responsible for the skin discoloration and inflammation associated with phyto-photo-dermatitis. By selectively targeting the affected areas, the PicoWay laser spares the surrounding healthy skin, resulting in a faster and more efficient healing process.

Our Patient’s Journey to Recovery:

After our patient realized the severity of her phytophotodermatitis reaction, she sought help at Beaux MedSpa. Understanding her concerns, our highly trained skincare experts recommended a personalized treatment plan, which included a series of PicoWay laser sessions.

During the treatment sessions, our patient experienced minimal discomfort, thanks to the PicoWay laser’s gentle and precise approach. The laser’s ultra-short pulses efficiently fragmented the pigmented compounds, allowing her body’s natural healing processes to remove the damaged skin cells. Over time, she will witness a significant improvement in her skin’s appearance, with the discoloration gradually fading away.


Phytophotodermatitis can be an unexpected and distressing condition, but with advancements in laser technology, such as the PicoWay laser, restoring your skin’s health and beauty is easier than ever. At Beaux MedSpa, we are committed to providing our patients with the latest and most effective treatments available. If you or someone you know is suffering from phyto-photo-dermatitis, don’t hesitate to reach out to our team of experienced professionals. We’ll have you looking good as new in no time.

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Kristin is a master educator, skin care guru and advanced level cosmetic injector. Kristin has been in the skin care industry for over 15 years. She specializes in subtle “natural looking” injections for anti-aging and lip augmentation. Kristin also performs Botox injections for pain relief from TMJ, as well as migraines. She was one of the first in Austin for advanced Kybella injections for melting the fat in the areas of a double chin, bra fat, knees and more.