Getting rid of unwanted hair is time-consuming and requires constant upkeep. Many people are turning to laser hair removal to make things easier. Laser hair removal generates heat to damage hair follicles to prevent future growth. You may experience some temporary swelling and irritation afterward. With just a little pampering, you can reduce these side effects to achieve smooth skin. Here’s how to care for skin after laser hair removal.
Avoid Sun Exposure
After laser hair removal, your skin will be more sensitive to UV exposure. Avoid sun exposure by going outside after peak hours and wearing sunscreen. Wear hats and clothing that covers your skin. You will need to avoid sun exposure for about six weeks after treatment. This also includes trips to the tanning salon.
Take Cool Showers
Hot water can dry out and irritate your skin after laser hair removal. Tale cool showers for the first few days and use cold compresses to help reduce swelling. Avoid hot tubs, steam rooms and saunas until your skin fully heals. You may be able to resume hot showers a few days after treatment.
Exfoliate Your Skin
Exfoliating your skin will help remove dead skin cells and hair to deliver smoother skin. It can also reduce your risk for ingrown hairs. You should wait until swelling subsides before exfoliating to avoid further irritation. You will need to exfoliate your skin several times a week for about four weeks to help you clear shedding hair follicles after treatment.
Learn More About Laser Hair Removal
If you are interested in laser hair removal to get rid of unwanted hair, schedule a consultation with double board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Benjamin C. Stong. During your consultation, you can learn about the benefits and risks to help you make an informed decision. Stay goodbye to shaving and waxing by making your appointment today!
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