Everyone in the modern world wants to have the maximum result with a minimum of resources spent.
The same applies to hair removal. We spend a lot of time, constantly removing unwanted hair and dreaming about the method of hair removal, which will not return to this issue more than ever, or at least for a very long time.
Laser hair removal just meets these requirements, and after a course conducted by a specialist, you will recall hair removal every few years.
Laser hair removal: results after the first procedure
The specialist who conducted the first session of laser hair removal, is obliged to tell you how to take care of your skin in the near future, so as not to harm and get the maximum effect.
To understand further behavior, you should understand what happens to the hair after laser hair removal. The laser beam, heating the hair, affects the pigment melanin contained in it, destroying the hair follicle. Only hairs that are in the active phase, that is, have grown a few millimeters, are subject to the effect. Those that are in the sleeping phase will manifest themselves later, and they will need the next session.
The impact on the skin is minimal: it heats up during the procedure and cools quickly. The darker the hair and lighter the skin at the time when laser hair removal is performed, the more effective the result will be after the first procedure, and vice versa: against the background of dark skin, the effect decreases. The more melanin in a hair, the greater the impact on it will have a laser. The ideal option is light skin with dark hair on it.
After the first laser hair removal effect of smoothness persists for 6-10 weeks. When the hairs, which were at rest, begin to grow, the following session will be required.
It is useful to know that after the first time you will not leave the office with a completely smooth skin: the hair will start to fall out later, and you will not be able to get rid of everyone immediately.
What to do and what not after the first laser hair removal
The specialist of the clinic where the laser hair removal was carried out is obliged to give recommendations that must be followed after the first procedure and afterwards. These recommendations boil down to the implementation of a number of simple rules: avoid tanning, do not go to a bath or sauna, exclude a hot bath, and so on. Do not neglect their implementation, it can be costly, or at least significantly reduce the effect of the procedure. How to behave so as not to cause harm?
Restrict water treatments
After the epilation session, the sensations on the skin, similar to those that appear after tanning, are considered normal. For the speedy recovery of the skin after the procedure, a specialist should apply a healing agent. Recommendations after laser hair removal include a clause on minimizing water procedures. So, for three days you can not take a bath with hot water.
Moreover, you can not bathe in the bath or sauna. The skin must fully recover. Afterwards, at least for a week after the procedure, it should be handled with care: do not rub, do not overheat, moisturize and soften as needed.
Protect skin from direct sunlight.
The laser beam, with the help of which the hair removal is carried out, has one color spectrum with sunlight, therefore, the sun exposure after the procedure is prohibited for at least two weeks.
It is better to avoid sun exposure to the skin during the entire course of laser hair removal. After all, if you sunbathe, the skin will darken, and the effectiveness of the following procedure will be minimal. To easily follow this recommendation, it is enough to schedule a course of hair removal not for the summer period.
Forget about tanning and tanning
As an alternative to sunburn, some prefer to visit a tanning salon, which is forbidden to do for 14 days after laser hair removal, because such a visit can lead to disastrous or simply undesirable consequences. There is a risk that burns and spots will appear, the tanning will be uneven, in places where hair has been removed, black spots will appear or, at least, the effectiveness of the epilation procedure will decrease.
“Painted” after tanning with melanin, the skin during the next session will absorb some of the laser energy destined for the melanin contained in the hair. Skin doesn’t need harm and hair will not receive the required dose.
Self-tanning cream, although it seems to be a harmless opportunity to compensate for the lack of sunburn, is also not recommended for at least one week after the epilation session.
Limit massage and do not rub the skin
Since the skin during laser hair removal undergoes some trauma, it is recommended to refrain from massage until it is fully restored. Any intense friction of the skin, for example, with a towel or napkins, can also aggravate the situation and lengthen the recovery period of the upper layers of the epidermis.
Do not use alcohol-based cosmetics.
Any method of hair removal affects the skin, injuring them to one degree or another. Opened hair follicles become “wide open gates” for potential infection. For this reason It is not recommended to use any cosmetics other than healing for 72 hours after the procedure.
If you apply a product containing alcohol, which is forbidden, especially after the first laser hair removal, there is a possibility of ulcers, burnt skin and dry crusts. This will cause additional suffering and worsen the appearance of the skin.
Eliminate thermal effects
Moderate hyperemia (redness) in areas of the skin exposed to the laser is considered a normal variant, indicating the absorption of laser energy by the follicles. In addition, it goes to melanin contained in the skin.
After a few hours, the redness should disappear, and the skin should be protected from overheating for a few more days, otherwise the hyperemia may resume. If this happens, the skin should be gradually cooled. Do not cool dramatically!
Apply remedies to the skin
Due to varying degrees of skin trauma it needs to be treated with medicinal preparations for the next three days. They should recommend a cosmetologist. These are usually preparations containing panthenol. Immediately after the session, the specialist applies a remedy for skin irritation, which is the prevention of swelling and redness.
Possible effects after laser hair removal
Laser hair removal, although considered to be non-traumatic and safe, is still a medical procedure.
Like any intervention in the body, it can have undesirable consequences.
It is important not to go to extremes - panic or, conversely, neglect, but to consult a cosmetologist who will assess the situation and prescribe adequate therapy or, if necessary, refer you to another doctor. What could be the consequences?
- Hyperemia (redness) of the skin. It happens with a tendency to allergic reactions. If it does not disappear within a few days or will increase, you need to seek medical help.
- Swelling, hematoma, burns or blisters can be in a situation of recent tanning or lack of professionalism of the specialist who performed the procedure. To avoid them, you need to refrain from sunburn according to the recommendations and carefully select a specialist-cosmetologist to whom you trust your health and beauty.
- Patients with hormonal disorders that caused increased hair growth should be adjusted hormonal balance in the body, that is, to influence the cause, not the effect. Laser hair removal is ineffective in these cases and does not cope with hair growth, but only by softening.
Skin care after the first hair removal
- Exception hot tubs. Cosmeticians do not recommend a hot bath or shower on the first day after the epilation session. A sauna and a bath are prohibited until the characteristic laser exposure to irritation passes, which can take from several days to a week. On the first day, it is better to limit water treatments altogether, and if necessary, take a short cool shower, trying not to apply any detergents to the epilated skin. This will prevent the development of irritation. In general, heat exposure at first is best reduced to a minimum. Also, it is recommended not to swim in the pool until the top layer of skin heals, as chlorine contributes to irritation of the epidermis.
- UV protection. After the procedure a few weeks is not recommended to take sunbaths, and if you can not avoid the sun's rays - use a sunscreen with a high protection factor, which is especially important to apply on the skin after epilation on the face. Tanning is also prohibited. The epidermis has already suffered during the procedure; it needs care and hydration, not additional UV exposure.
The increased content of melanin in the skin after sunburn will reduce the effect of the next epilation session. In addition, with laser hair removal on tanned skin, burns are possible.
It is best to relieve irritation of the funds containing in the composition that promote the healing of panthenol or aloe juice.
The consequences of improper skin care after the first hair removal
Beauticians do not in vain recommend not to injure irritated skin after laser hair removal with hot water, ultraviolet light and improperly selected cosmetics. Otherwise, the light-treated epidermis can heal much longer, and it will not look too beautiful.
So, non-compliance with the correct care after the first laser epilation can lead to the following consequences:
- red or brown spots on the skin,
- prolonged irritation
- the occurrence of wounds, crusts and even scars,
- severe itching
- allergic reaction
- the appearance of burns, edema and blistering, which happens after sunburn or prolonged heat exposure.
If the listed symptoms do not go away after a week, even if you follow the rules of skin care after epilation, it is important to contact a beautician who performed the procedure or a dermatologist.