You’ve considered laser hair removal, but are worried about harming your sensitive skin. There are many ways to protect and heal your skin after having laser hair removal performed, here’s how:
After having laser hair removal, be sure to protect the affected area with sun screen when going outside. The skin will be very sensitive and susceptible to burns and darkening. This is especially true if you’re naturally sensitive or dark skinned. After treatment, you may want to consider applying a moisturizer, ice pack or cream to the area to minimize discomfort.
Even though the process will eliminate a large amount of the hair present, it’s still important to look for any hairs that may be regrowing or ingrown hairs. The first step is to exfoliate three times a week. Use an exfoliating scrub or washcloth in the shower on the area where the treatment was done. The reason for this is to allow the shedding process to happen unhindered by dead skin cells or other dirt/ oils. This can cause bumps, acne, or even boils. Be gentle though, you dont want to irritate the skin.
Cut or shave regrowing hair, don’t tweeze or wax. Remember that your next laser hair appointment will be in six to eight weeks. Cutting and shaving, however, is fine, as well as a chemical depilatory, such as Nair, in-between appointments. Do not attempt any hair removal two days before your next appointment.
As mentioned before, it’s important to wash the treated area with a mild cleanser or exfoliant after treatment. If the affected area is irritated, do not rub with a towel, simply pat dry. If flaking happens, allow the skin to come off naturally. Do not pick or scratch the skin. You can resume your normal skin care regimen, such as make-up, deodorant, moisturizers the day after treatment if no blistering or crusting is occurring. Try to avoid skin-care products that contain alcohol, dye, and fragrances, as they will irritate the skin. If blistering or breaking of the skin is occurring, apply an antibiotic cream, such as Polysporin.
Things to Avoid:
- Do not shave the treated area for 1-3 days after the initial treatment.
- Sun exposure should be avoided throughout the course of treatment. However, if exposure is unavoidable, a sunscreen of SPF30 or higher should be used.
- Do not rub, scratch, or pick at the treated area.
- Avoid pools, hot tubs for the first 2-3 days after treatment.
- Wear loose-fitting clothing and avoid pressure on the treated area.