There are many different reasons for choosing laser hair removal, but most of them have to do with the convenience of not having to include hair removal as part of your regular ablutions. Shaving, plucking and dyeing takes time and concentration that not everyone is willing to employ when there’s an obvious, easy and long lasting alternative. And for some who suffer from recurring ingrown hairs, laser hair removal can be a cure to this irritating condition. So once you’ve decided that hair removal is for you, you need to learn about aftercare. In this article we’ll show you how to care for your skin after hair removal treatment.
After laser hair removal, your skin might be red and slightly swollen, almost like a slight sunburn. To provide relief you can apply ice packs for five or 10 minute periods throughout the day. Just be sure to wrap the ice in a towel or cloth before applying it to the skin.
Tight and chafing clothing will not feel good against skin that has just undergone laser hair removal treatment. Your skin will feel sensitive directly after being treated, so you can help the situation by wearing loose, soft clothing. Light, airy and natural fabrics are the best choice.
Laser hair removal leaves your skin feeling warm for a good 24 hours afterwards. During this time you should avoid subjecting yourself to any forms of excessive external heat. Heat sources can result in skin irritation that can lead to dry skin, rashes or acne. Avoid hot showers, saunas and hot tubs for at least 48 hours after the treatment.
Sunlight can also irritate the skin and should be avoided as much as possible after a treatment. Apply sunscreen with a SPF of 30 or more and wear clothing that covers any affected areas if you go outdoors. Avoid tanning beds and sunbathing for a minimum of two weeks after treatment.
You may be prescribed a medicated cream as part of your aftercare regime. It could be something as simple as aloe vera gel. Whatever is recommended, make sure to use it as directed. If you’re experiencing prolonged discomfort immediately following treatment, you might also consider using an over-the-counter pain reliever. If the pain lasts for more than 24 hours you should consult your practitioner or a doctor.