What to Do if You Experience Discomfort After Laser Hair Removal

It's common to feel like you have a sunburn for a few hours after laser hair removal. If you experience any sensitivity, use a cold compress to reduce any discomfort. If there is any scabbing, apply an antibiotic cream. Darker-pigmented skin can cause more sensitivity than lighter skin, and this can persist for up to 26%.

To avoid any irritation, it's best to stay away from hot water, the sun, and heat for several days. You may also notice redness and swelling for the first few hours after the procedure. To reduce any discomfort, apply ice to the treated area. If you have a skin reaction right after laser hair removal, your doctor may apply a steroid cream to the affected area.

It's important to choose a doctor who is certified in a specialty such as dermatology or cosmetic surgery and has experience in laser hair removal for your skin type. Laser hair removal is most effective for people with fair skin and dark hair, but it can be used successfully on all skin types.


and fragrances should be avoided after laser hair removal as they can damage the skin and cause redness and discoloration. To ensure the smoothest results, it's important to take care of your skin before and after treatment.

Avoid shaving for several days after laser treatment. Other rare side effects include greying of treated hair or excessive hair growth around treated areas, especially on darker skin. If you decide to use a home laser hair removal device, follow the instructions that come with the device to help reduce the risk of injury, especially eye injury. Chemical peels, IPL photofacial, and microdermabrasion are too harsh for the skin after laser hair removal.

It is necessary to shave before laser hair removal to prevent damage to the skin's surface. Repeated treatments are often necessary because hair growth and loss occur naturally in one cycle, and laser treatment works best on hair follicles in the regrowth phase. After laser hair removal and between scheduled treatments, avoid sunlight and don't use a tanning bed for six weeks or as directed by your doctor. During laser hair removal, the laser emits light that is absorbed by the pigment (melanin) in the hair.