Laser hair removal is an exciting procedure for the man or woman who wishes to finally get rid of their unwanted hair.
The procedures are relatively simple and painless and require no more than 15 minutes, depending on the type of treatment.
Like any cosmetic surgery, however, it’s important to be conscious of any aftercare required. While not difficult or overly time consuming, there are some important skin care instructions required of laser hair removal.
Treat it like a sunburn
You’ll likely notice some redness and bumps on your treated areas. Treat these reactions as you would sunburn. Use a cold compress; apply antibiotic cream or aloe vera gel. People with darker skin may experience this discomfort more so than people with lighter skin.
This might seem obvious, but even if you see a little bit of hair that you don’t want on your treated area, do not shave it. Your skin is already irritated and shaving it will only make it worse. It’s important to give your skin the proper time to heal.
Use new makeup
If you had laser hair removal on a part of your face where you use makeup, it’s probably a good idea to buy a new unit of makeup to avoid any possibility of infection. Also make sure to use moisturizer under your makeup.
This might seem a little gross, but if you had laser hair removal on your underarms, it’s important to not apply any deodorant for a 24-hour period. Doing so can slow down the healing process. Also, when you can apply deodorant after that initial 24-hour period, apply it gently. You don’t want to aggressively rub it onto your treated area.
Do use moisturizer
While you need to be careful with deodorant usage, do use moisturizer. Using moisturizer will help combat against skin dryness. In return, your skin won’t feel as itchy and irritated.
Feel free to shower, just be careful
Of course you can shower after your laser hair removal treatments as you would before the treatment. Be careful though, as warmer water and rigorous scrubbing can further irritate your treated area.
Don’t scratch your treated skin
Your treated area will be dryer and likely itch a little bit. It’s important to avoid scratching it. It will further irritate the treated area and could lead to infection. This can be a little difficult when showering or bathing, as you may be used to using a brush or wash rag to scrub your skin clean. Make sure to only gently pat yourself when showering and when drying yourself off.
Avoid sun exposure
Most people get laser hair removal treatments during the winter in order to avoid sun exposure, because it’s recommended to avoid it for about two months. Of course, this is a little more difficult if you had treatment on your face. Make sure to apply sunscreen of at least SPF 25 on your face during this two-month period. Sorry, no sunbathing.
Talk with your Physician
Of course, everyone has different skin, different needs and different laser hair removal procedures, so it’s important that you talk with your physician or specialist about aftercare required for you following your procedure.
After a few weeks, your skin should be returning to normal. At this point, feel free to use a mild exfoliant to help the continued shedding of hair. However, this is still not a good time to wax or even pluck any unwanted hair. If it is quite noticeable, feel free to gently shave it away. Additionally, do not scratch your treated areas, even if it is really annoying.
If you keep your skin consistently moisturized and avoid heavy sun exposure, the weeks following your laser hair removal procedure should go smoothly.