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What Should I Do After Laser Hair Removal?

Updated on August 23, 2010

After you have got laser hair removal treatment it is essential that you follow the general after care advice in order to avoid damaging your skin and causing yourself great discomfort. The guidelines strongly advise against excessive exposure to the sun, tanning, and shaving, waxing or plucking the affected area during the course of treatment. The guidelines also advise against taking hot baths after laser hair removal treatment to protect the skin.

Laser hair removal itself may take a toll on the skin. For some people who undergo laser hair removal this toll is painful, while for others the toll is minimal; they are back to their daily routine mere minutes after laser hair removal. But no matter to which group one belongs, it is highly recommended that everyone follow the instructions of laser hair removal after care.

Laser hair removal can leave the skin swollen, irritated, red and sometimes itchy. For those who experience redness, itchiness and a swollen dermis after laser hair removal treatment, it is advised that they apply a soothing agent such as aloe vera or an ice pack to ease the swelling, burn or itch. Also using herbal and natural moisturisers and anti-itch plants can help relieve any discomfort from laser hair removal. The side effects of laser hair removal usually stay for only a few hours, but may also take two days to be completely healed. 

Not only can soothing herbs ease the side effects of laser hair removal, but moisturizing creams can also make the after effects fade quicker. The skin needs to be moisturised especially after laser hair removal treatment to prevent the skin from drying and cracking. A dry, cracked skin may become infected and even itchier and this type of skin will not be able to undergo the next scheduled laser hair removal treatment---laser hair removal is done in not just one session but takes time depending on the area to be covered, the patient’s skin and hair type.

If your skin becomes cracked or scarred after laser hair removal treatment you should consult your doctor or laser hair removal specialist who will most likely prescribe or refer a topical antibiotic cream or ointment. You should never use an antibacterial soap for cuts and blisters because they dry out the skin. Instead, you should use hypoallergenic soaps or mild cleansers while taking a short, warm shower to protect the skin after laser hair removal. You should never take hot baths while undergoing laser hair removal as heat can irritate and damage the skin at this fragile stage.

Indeed, heat does not go hand in hand with after care laser hair removal. As a result, doctors and laser hair removal technicians highly advise against excessive exposure to the sun as well as tanning. You should apply sunblock to the area that was treated with laser hair removal and avoid the sun whenever you can. A sunblock with an SFP of 30 or higher would be ideal for someone who has just had laser hair removal treatment done to prevent hyper pigmentation from occurring.

For women who have laser hair removal treatment done on their face or neck---or wherever you may apply makeup--- it is best to get makeup that is new, hypoallergenic, and apply that makeup with clean fingers and a clean sponge to avoid infections.

The after care laser hair removal process is something you should not take for granted. Everyone should follow the advice of their doctors and laser hair removal specialists if they are to ensure that their skin remain healthy after the laser hair removal procedure.


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      Dian 3 years ago

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      Iheart 5 years ago

      Questio? Can i take a bath after hair removal? Thanks

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      westwoodlaser 6 years ago

      Thanks for sharing. Very nice information. Keep it up.