Laser hair removal is one of the best ways to get rid of unwanted hair. However, with this treatment, you may experience a few side effects. These side effects do not last very long and usually subside with proper care. If you are about to undergo your first laser hair removal treatment, here are some common side effects and advice about how to deal with them.
Redness or Itchiness
If your skin feels irritated, red and itchy after your hair removal procedure, don't be alarmed because this is normal. You can help to relieve this problem by applying cold compresses to the face and by moisturizing thoroughly. Resist the temptation to scratch the skin, since this will only make things worse. These side effects usually wear off within a day. However, if after twenty-four hours it does not subside or gets worse, contact your healthcare provider.
You May Experience Shedding
After about two weeks you will notice that there is less hair growth. The follicles will also begin to shed the hairs that were getting ready to grow out. During this phase, you will notice that there are blackheads and you may also see a slight stubble. Once you notice this occurring then you should start exfoliating to get the hairs to shed faster. You can exfoliate your skin at least three times per week by using an exfoliating shower or loofah sponge along with a shower or facial gel, depending on where you had the hair removed.
Be Gentle With Any New Growth
Remember that new growth is inevitable. Do not wax, tweeze or pluck this new growth. You will need to leave hair in the follicles for your next laser treatment if the entire laser treatment process is to be effective. However, this doesn't mean that you are at the mercy of new growth and that there is nothing you can do about it. You are allowed to trim or shave any new growth as it becomes necessary.
Sunscreen Is a Must
Always use a sunscreen while you are undergoing laser hair removal treatment. Your sunscreen should have a Sun Protection Factor (SPF) of at least thirty. Remember, to avoid harsh sunlight by wearing clothes that cover the skin. If you get sunburned it will only irritate the skin and slow down the treatment and healing process.
Taking proper care of your skin after laser hair removal is the key to having the procedure work. Follow the tips given and you should have no problem successfully completing your treatment.