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BY: LBL Team

All About Post-Treatment: What to Do After Your Laser Hair Removal Session

How to care for your skin after laser hair removal

Laser hair removal isn’t just about ditching unwanted hair — it’s an investment in smoother, carefree skin that saves you time and money in the long run. However, the secret to stunning results lies in the aftercare. Check out this comprehensive post-laser hair removal guide that’ll help make your journey to flawless skin as effective as possible.

What does the laser hair removal process look like?

Immediately after your laser hair removal treatment, it’s normal to experience redness, swelling, or itching. These symptoms are temporary and should subside within 72 hours as your skin begins to normalize. One to three weeks after laser hair removal, you’ll notice that the treated hair is shedding and the hair density isn’t as thick — these things indicate that your laser hair removal treatment is working. Four to six weeks after your treatment, as the new hair growth cycle begins, it’s time for your next session to target more hair follicles.

With each subsequent laser hair removal treatment, expect less hair regrowth, finer texture, and smoother skin overall.

Here’s what to do after a laser hair removal treatment

The first 24 hours after a session are crucial for your skin’s recovery. During this time, you should avoid heat and sweat, which means no exercise, sauna, or activity that can increase temperature and cause sweating. This is because heat can make skin sensitivity and swelling worse. You’ll also want to wear loose clothing to prevent irritation in the treated area.

The aftercare doesn’t stop there! For the first three days following your treatment, you’ll want to use SPF 30 or higher and wear protective clothing if you need to be outdoors — direct sunlight can harm sensitive skin and affect the efficacy of your treatment. You should also use gentle skin care and avoid harsh topical products. Opt for cool showers and pat your skin dry instead of rubbing. If you experience itching and redness, apply a mild hydrocortisone cream mixed with a gentle emollient such as Vaseline® or Aquaphor® to soothe irritation.

You can shave the treated area between your laser hair removal sessions but avoid other hair removal methods like waxing or plucking that can interfere with the treatment process. Also, avoid bleaching hair in the treated area since it can disrupt the laser’s ability to target hair roots.

Get the most out of your laser hair removal treatments

Caring for your skin after your laser hair removal session is crucial to unlocking the full potential of your treatments. By following the above guidelines, you’re not just protecting your skin but setting the stage for the best results possible and a smoother, more enjoyable journey towards flawless, fuzz-free skin.

Curious to learn more about laser hair removal? Check out LaserAway, the nation’s leading aesthetic dermatological provider, where all treatments are performed by experienced and skilled registered nurses, nurse practitioners, and physician associates, so you know you’re in good hands!

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