Laser hair removal, in which a laser is used to zap hair follicles causing hair to fall out, requires little recovery time if you take proper care of your skin between treatments. Caring for your skin between treatments will also help you achieve the results you want. Using a good moisturizing lotion is essential to maintaining skin health immediately after and between treatments. It’s also imperative to use sunscreen daily on treated areas.
Immediately After Treatment
Skin that has been treated will likely be pinkish or red and a bit swollen after a session. This is normal. It’s also possible the area may feel irritated and puffy, similar to a mild sunburn. This will be most noticeable near hair follicles. It could take up to two days for your skin to return to its normal state.
One way to help skin return to its normal state and remain healthy throughout the course of laser hair removal treatments is to use a good moisturizing lotion or cream. The laser operator may even recommend a particular cream or lotion just for this purpose. Because you need to maintain the health of your skin during the course of laser hair treatments, using a daily moisturizing lotion is necessary, especially on areas that are under treatment. Using a lotion will not only help relieve discomfort, but it will keep skin hydrated, which will help with future treatments.
Antibacterial lotions and creams aren’t necessary most of the time. In fact, this type of lotion may actually cause more drying to the skin that’s been treated. Another lotion to avoid after treatment is depilatory lotion and creams.
Before you go in for a laser hair removal treatment, avoid using any type of lotion, sunscreen or makeup, because these can interfere with the laser removal or trigger allergic reactions.
Another lotion you should use daily, and especially during the course of laser hair removal treatments, is sunscreen. It is absolutely necessary that you avoid exposure to sunlight during laser hair removal treatments. Even a small amount can cause the treated skin to burn or become irritated. Also, should your skin grow darker, it could limit the effect of future treatments, and dark skin is more likely to burn during laser removal. Use a sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30 every day, and take care to apply to all treated skin that may be exposed to the sun.