6 Things to Avoid Before Laser Hair Removal

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While preparing for laser hair removal, you’ll want to steer clear of six things:

Avoid Tanning Products and Services Before Laser Hair Removal

Avoid any of several ways to get a tan, says the Baylor College of Medicine Dermatology Clinic. Use of a laser could potentially cause a burn to skin that’s sunburned or tanned.  Protect against tanning outdoors with appropriate clothing and sunblock.  Plan to avoid exposure to the sun for at least four weeks before any laser hair removal treatment and don’t visit a tanning bed (it's better to avoid tanning whether receiving laser hair removal or not!).  The National Institute of Medical Aesthetics (NIMA) recommends not applying self-tanning lotions or creams for at least three days before a treatment.

Avoid Mechanical Removal before Laser Hair Removal

That translates into waxing, plucking or tweezing to remove unwanted hair.  Stop doing any of these at least three weeks before a laser treatment, says NIMA. Waxing actually interferes with how a laser is able to target a hair follicle. What’s an alternative?  Keep unwanted hair growth at bay between laser treatments by shaving it.

Avoid Certain Products

Make sure to stay away from anything on this list for a minimum three days before an appointment:

  • Alpha hydroxy and beta hydroxy products
  • Retinols and retinoids
  • Hydroquinones
  • Tazorac
  • Aspirin
  • Vitamin E
  • Differin

Avoid Accutane

If you’ve been using Accutane, you must wait a minimum of six months after last usage before undergoing a treatment for laser hair removal.

Avoid Bleaching Hair

Tempted to bleach unsightly dark hair?  Don’t!  Laser technology doesn’t work on blonde, gray or red hair because the pigment is too light. Lasers don’t work on hair that’s been bleached either.

Avoid Strenuous Physical Activities

NIMA says you should avoid taking part in any physical activity that could boost the temperature of your body or your blood pressure immediately preceding or right after a laser treatment.

Do you have more questions about whether laser hair removal is right for you?

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Hi, I'm Liz, owner of the Wilmington Laser Hair Removal and Skin Clinic. My team and I would love to help you achieve your beauty, skin care, and hair removal goals. Schedule your free consultation today!