If you’re aiming for long-term hair reduction, laser hair removal is the solution you’ve been looking for. In this procedure, a concentrated beam of light is used to destroy the hair follicles down under the skin. With this, hair growth is delayed or inhibited because it takes some time for the hair follicles to recuperate with the damage. There are certain things you need to do or avoid to take care of your skin after the treatment and speed up its recovery
Managing the Pain
Laser hair removal is actually a painless treatment. However, laser treated skin can feel a little painful like a mild sunburn after the procedure. The area might even appear reddish or a little swollen for some. You can ease the discomfort by applying an ice pack or cold compress to the treated area. Do this for 10 minutes at least thrice a day until the pain is gone. Avoid applying the cold compress directly to your skin as it can irritate your skin more. Instead, wrap it in a towel before using.
You may also try applying Aloe Vera gel to the treated area to ease swelling and redness. For best results, refrigerate the gel before applying it for an added cooling effect. If those two don’t work, you can take over-the-counter painkillers for at least a day or until the pain subsides.
Protecting Treated Skin
Laser treated skin is extra sensitive and it takes about 4 to 6 weeks for it to recover fully. Sunlight exposure worsens the discomfort and even slows down the healing process of your skin. If possible, avoid the sun until your skin gets back to normal. If it can’t be helped, make sure to cover the area and don’t forget to apply sunblock with SPF of at least 30. You should also avoid other things that produce UV such as tanning booths.
Another thing is to protect your skin from heat exposure. Make sure to keep the treated area as cool as often to speed up the healing process. A cool or warm shower works perfectly well for laser treated skin. Avoid hot baths, steam rooms, saunas, and other hot places for at least 2 days after the treatment or until your skin has healed up.
Choose the Right Skin Care Products
After laser hair treatment, make sure you only use mild products on your skin – from cleansers, body wash, and others. Wash the treated area at most twice a day until the redness and swelling disappears. Don’t overdo it since it will dry your skin up, making it feel more irritated and uncomfortable. Don’t forget to use a mild non-comedogenic moisturizer to keep your skin well hydrated and speed up healing. Lastly, avoid applying makeup products or any medications on the treated skin for at least 24 hours after the laser procedure. You can use them back when you’re skin looks healed already.
With these tips, you can help your skin heal and recover faster so you can enjoy its beauty as soon as possible.