Laser hair removal treatments are an effective and painless way to get rid of unwanted body hair, especially when compared to waxing. Treatments are fast, effective ways to produce smooth, hair-free skin that will let you enjoy summer to the utmost. However, the skin is a sensitive organ and lasers are a powerful tool. There will always be some aftereffects following any laser treatment, and hair removal is no exception. Following post-hair-removal precautions this summer will let you keep your skin healthy as it recovers and speed up the aftercare process in general.
Aftercare Advice Following Laser Hair Removal Treatments
The central thing to remember following laser hair removal is that the treatment works by basically “cooking” your hair follicles within the targeted area. Unsurprisingly, your skin does not like being essentially burned in this manner and will be rather raw and sensitive for a period afterwards. With that in mind, here are some sound pieces of skin care advice to use immediately after your treatment:
• The site will be red and swollen for a few hours. Although the redness may persist for a few days, it should only take three to five hours on average for the swelling to subside.
• Do not use any cosmetic products on the site the first day after your treatment. This includes acne creams if you had facial hair removed.
• Mild cleansers or plain water should be used to gently wash the area and otherwise keep it hydrated.
• Pat dry only for the next three days in order to reduce possible irritation to the skin.
• Bathing and showering is possible during this period, but try to avoid overly hot water (if it’s hot enough to make your skin red normally, it’s not a good idea here).
• Generally, treat your skin extremely gently during the first day.
• A crust will sometimes form on the site. This is normal but doesn’t always happen. Wait for the crust to go away before resuming your skin care regime.
• Avoid skin products with alcohol, dye, or perfume for the first week following treatment.
• You can resume shaving the day after, but be sure to do it gently.
• Record how many days it takes for the redness to finish going away so you can tell your skin care specialist at the next appointment.
Your skin will be particularly susceptible to sunlight—both the UV exposure and the resultant heat—during the aftercare period and steps will need to be taken to minimize exposure. Embrace your inner vampire and stay away from the sun for the first three to five days. If you do need to go outside, use a sunscreen of SPF 50 or higher. This applies even if it is cloudy out or the treatment was in an area like your armpit. Sun exposure won’t necessarily damage your skin, but exposure during this period can lead to the area becoming darker (hyperpigmentation) or lighter (hypopigmentation) than the surrounding skin.
What Not to Do
In order to prevent further irritation to your skin, it is important that you not engage in certain activities until the redness of the laser treatment site has finished going away:
• Do not go swimming, use a hot tub, use a sauna, or engage in any similar activities
• Do not scratch, rub, or otherwise touch the area if it is not necessary; you will have plenty of time to feel how smooth your skin is after it recovers
• If a crust or blister forms (again, this is normal), do not pick at it
• Do not wear tight-fitting clothing or accessories (like shoulder bags/purses) that could press into or otherwise rub against the treated area
• Do not use a tanning bed, especially if you still need further laser hair removal treatments (darker skin is harder to treat)
The Anti Aging Toronto Clinic prides itself on using the latest clinical methods to give clients the beauty they deserve. We support our clients being able to make the right, informed decisions about laser hair removal and strive to provide the best laser treatments and aftercare advice in Toronto. Feel to contact us by phone at 416-546-4664 or by e-mail at info@AntiAgingToronto.ca to ask any questions. Our skin care specialists can also offer you a tour of our Toronto facilities.