Laser hair removal is a safe and effective way to get rid of unwanted hair on your face, legs, back, chest, and bikini area. However, there are certain things you should not do after getting a laser hair removal treatment.
1. Touching up the treated area
If you notice that new hairs are growing in the treated area, resist the temptation to pluck them or shave them. If you want to do it, wait at least 48 hours after your laser hair removal treatment, because your irritated skin will need to take a break.
2. Scratching & exfoliating your skin
Irritated skin can get very itchy, but you should also resist the temptation to scratch it because if you do, the irritation will only get worse. Instead of scratching the treated area, you should apply some soothing moisturizer to it.
Exfoliating your skin will help you get rid of the dead hairs that are trapped underneath the surface of your skin by pushing them out of it. However, it’s recommended to wait at least a few days before you start exfoliating the treated area, to let your irritated skin recover from the treatment.
3. Spending time in the sun
After a laser hair removal treatment, you need to avoid spending time in the sun for at least a few days. If you do have to spend time in the sun, be sure to wear sunscreen. Unprotected sun exposure after a laser hair removal treatment can lead to extreme sunburn and skin damages.
4. Using a tanning bed
For the same reasons, you should avoid using a tanning bed, a sun lamp, or any other tanning equipment for some time. If you absolutely want to get a tan, it would be safer for you to take care of it before you get your laser hair removal treatment.
5. Worrying about redness and swelling
If you notice some redness and swelling in the treated area, don’t panic. This is a perfectly normal reaction, and it will disappear soon. A cool compress or some gentle moisturizing cream will help. However, if the redness and swelling last for more than a few days, you should speak with your physician.
6. Ignoring the advice of your physician
Your physician will give you some advice and recommendations on how you should take care of your skin after your laser hair removal treatment. If you don’t carefully follow these recommendations, you might damage your skin, or make your treatment less effective. Be sure to do what your physician asks you to do.
7. Scheduling your next treatment too soon
Finally, you have to keep in mind that you should not schedule your next treatment too soon, as this would simply be a waste of time and money. Your hair grows in cycles, and you need to wait at least a few weeks before getting another treatment. Your physician will let you know when the next treatment should be.