Laser hair removal is a convenient and effective method of eliminating hair growth, but it can cause temporary side effects such as dry, irritated, and inflamed skin. Some people report experiencing these symptoms very briefly, while others have these symptoms for up to two days. To learn how to protect your skin and prevent discomfort, use the tips listed below:
During laser hair removal, heat penetrates deep into the hair follicles, so you may experience symptoms that resemble sunburn. It is therefore important that you moisturize frequently to keep your skin from drying out. Skin that becomes too dry could become irritated and inflamed. Be sure to use an unscented lotion that doesn’t contain harsh chemicals and irritants. If you need help choosing a an effective moisturizer, talk to your doctor.
Directly following your laser hair removal treatment, you may notice that your skin feels slightly irritated—this is because the top layer of protective skin cells has been interrupted. Your skin will temporarily be more vulnerable to contaminants and harsh UV rays, so wear ample amounts of sunscreen if you’re going to be outside for more than 15 minutes. For best results, wear UV-protective clothing and choose a sunscreen with at least 30 SPF.
Avoid Applying Harmful Chemicals
Harsh chemicals can irritate already sensitive skin, so it’s best to avoid applying makeup, perfumes, deodorants, and lotions that contain alcohol, acids, and other irritants. These can dry out the skin, further damaging the skin and interfering with hair removal treatments.
Take Short, Lukewarm Showers
Lastly, you’ll want to avoid drying out your skin at all costs, so limit the amount of time you spend in the shower and bathe with lukewarm water. Apply lotion as soon as you finish so that the moisture locks into your skin.
Now that you’re prepared to care for your skin after laser hair removal, call Elements Laser Spa today to schedule your treatment. We’re a full-service medical spa and skin rejuvenation center specializing in laser and anti-aging treatments like skin tightening. Learn more by calling us at (512) 634-8588.