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Aftercare instructions for Best Laser Hair Removal Results

Laser hair removal is a great way to reduce unwanted body or facial hair, providing a smoother and more even skin tone. However, it’s important to be aware that after the treatment, there are certain post-care steps that must be taken in order to ensure successful results and prevent potential side effects for all skin types.

Cold Compresses

Laser is selective, yet following a laser hair removal treatment, patients may experience redness and bumps at the treated area which can last up to two hours or longer. Patients with darker skin pigmentation may have more discomfort than those with lighter skin tones, and this discomfort may persist for longer. It is also common for the treated area to feel like a sunburn for a few hours afterwards; if sensitivity persists, it is best to use a cold compress. If there is any crusting, an antibiotic cream should be applied.

Skin cleansing

In order to maintain optimal results from the treatment, the area should be cleansed gently with a mild soap. The skin should not be rubbed but rather patted dry within the first 48 hours of treatment. Makeup, lotions/moisturizers and deodorant should not be used on the treated area within 24 hours of laser hair removal in order to avoid further irritation or infection. Keeping the treated area clean and dry will help ensure that no infection occurs and that the desired results are achieved.

Avoid makeup

No makeup or lotion of any kind should be used for at least 24 hours (or until redness or irritation subsides). Keeping the treated area clean and dry is essential during this time. If redness or irritation persists, skip using moisturizer and deodorant (for underarms). Keeping the treated area clean and hydrated is key for promoting healthy healing post-treatment. Cleanse regularly with sensitive skin cleansers twice daily to prevent any bacteria buildup that could lead to infection from occurring in treated areas. Use gentle cleansers free of fragrances and harsh chemicals so as not to irritate already sensitive skin further. Additionally, make sure to moisturize frequently with hypoallergenic lotions formulated specifically for sensitive skin that won’t result in further irritation or reactions on treated areas.

Protect treatment areas from Direct sun exposure

You should avoid direct sun exposure following laser hair removal treatments as well. Sun exposure increases the risk of inflammation which can irritate the skin in already sensitive areas. Make sure you use SPF 30+ sunscreen when outdoors and coverup with hats, clothing and other protective gear when possible. To further protect skin from sun damage, you should also take care not to scratch or rub treated areas during healing as this can lead to scarring or discoloration.

Exfoliate

Exfoliating the area that was treated with laser hair removal helps speed up the shedding process of dead hairs. To achieve the best results, exfoliate your skin 30 days after treatment with a washcloth or Shobha® Exfoliating Cloth (sold at LH). This can help gently remove any remaining hairs left in the follicles, leaving behind smooth, soft, and healthy skin. Dead hair follicoles may begin to shed anywhere between five to thirty days after your treatment. This shedding will leave behind a stubble-like appearance as dead hairs are released from the follicle. It’s important to remember this is completely normal and the hairs will quickly fall out without complication.

Avoid other hair removal methods

Do not pick, scratch, wax, thread, or tweeze treated areas as this can lead to further irritation and inflammation of the affected area. Additionally, avoid other forms of hair removal methods such as depilatories or hot wax as this could disrupt the shedding process of dead hairs following a laser hair removal session. It is best to stick with shaving for removing any remaining hairs instead.

Do not guess and ask questions

It’s important that patients follow all post-care instructions provided by their doctor following laser hair removal treatments; this includes wearing protective clothing such as long sleeves when going outdoors as well as applying sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher due to increased sensitivity of their skin during this time period. Additionally, patients should strictly avoid picking at scabs or wounds which could leave scars after healing has occurred. Furthermore, avoiding harsh beauty products such as exfoliants will help prevent irritation in the affected areas until they have healed completely.

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