Laser hair removal is a popular and effective method of reducing unwanted hair growth. However, it is important to properly care for your skin before and after the procedure to ensure optimal results and prevent complications.
Before undergoing laser hair removal, it is important to avoid sun exposure for at least two weeks before the procedure. This includes direct sunlight as well as tanning beds. If the skin is tanned, there is a much higher risk of complications such as burns. It's also important to avoid any hair-removal methods such as waxing or plucking, as this will make the treatment much less effective. We also recommend avoiding scrubs, acids or any other products that can cause irritation or exfoliation of the skin.
Avoid sun exposure and wear sun block
After the procedure, it is important to continue to avoid sun exposure for at least two weeks following the procedure. This includes direct sunlight as well as tanning beds. If sun exposure is unavoidable, it is essential to apply a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30. We highly recommend the EltaMD line of sun block– they are very effective and feel great on your skin– and they don’t make you break out the way most brands do.
Avoid hot showers and excessive sweating
Additionally, it is recommended to avoid hot showers and baths, as well as any activities that may cause excessive sweating, for at least 24 hours after the procedure. This will help to reduce the risk of irritation and inflammation.
Gentle skin care
Topical skin care is also an important aspect of post-laser hair removal care. It is recommended to use a gentle, fragrance-free moisturizer to keep the skin hydrated and soothed. Avoiding any exfoliating products, such as scrubs or acids, until the skin is healed will also help to reduce the risk of irritation. After that, exfoliating cleansers can help keep the skin exfoliated and prevent ingrown hairs.
Ingrown hairs can also be a complication of laser hair removal, particularly in areas where hair is coarse or curly. To prevent ingrown hairs, it is important to avoid shaving the treated area for at least two weeks after the procedure. Do not wax– ever! Waxing leads to ingrown hairs, because the hairs are going to grow back stronger, coarser and often buried deep in the skin. Sometimes they can even lead to infections and abscess.
Overall, proper care and attention to pre and post-laser hair removal instructions can help to ensure optimal results and prevent complications. If you have any concerns or questions about your skin care before and after laser hair removal, please do not hesitate to consult with a licensed physician or skincare professional.