4 Things to Avoid After Laser Hair Removal

Laser hair removal treatment is a safe cosmetic procedure, and there’s a wide range of effective options for patients interested in laser treatments for a variety of issues, such as:

-BBL™ BroadBand Light
-ProFractional™
-Halo Laser Skin Rejuvenation
-NdYAG

All of which can be used to help turn the clock back on the appearance of unwanted wrinkles, dark spots, skin folds, and pores. Concerning laser hair removal BBL Broadband Light and NdYAG lasers are ideal to treat areas with unwanted hair. To preserve the condition of your skin following laser treatment, you should avoid the following activities listed below.

Tanning Beds

Along with direct sunlight, UV rays should be avoided immediately after laser hair treatment. With time, sun damage will typically fade but can cause lasting damage in other cases. Tanning beds produce artificial ultraviolet radiation, and following laser treatment, tanning in a tanning bed can increase the risk of burns, scars, or skin cancer.

Harsh Exfoliation or Scratching

Your skin is extremely vulnerable after laser treatment, and vigorous scrubbing or picking at the skin can also lead to scarring or bleeding. Avoid exfoliation and focus on replenishing your skin’s moisture barrier with fragrance-free moisturizers. Regularly moisturizing your skin can help speed up recovery, and natural aloe vera products are especially helpful immediately after treatment.

Fragrant Topical Cosmetic Products

Moisturizing your skin should be a top priority if you’re looking to rejuvenate your skin and combat dryness, though it’s extremely sensitive following laser treatments. Avoid creams or other moisturizers laden with fragrant ingredients. Your pores may become clogged with irritants that can cause redness and other uncomfortable reactions that can lead to infection.

Hot Showers

There’s nothing more relaxing than a steamy shower after a long work day or a satisfying exercise routine, however hot water can also cause severe irritation such as blisters and burns. Stick with cold to cool showers during recovery and avoid tight clothing, as they can cause friction and discomfort.

The board-certified dermatologists at The Dermatology Clinic can help you navigate your recovery journey following laser hair removal and help you build a personalized skin care plan to achieve your healthy skin goals. Schedule an appointment for laser hair removal at either of our clinics in Baton Rouge or Walker.

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