If you have never gotten laser hair removal before, we know that it can be scary. Today, we are going to go through some of the top do’s and don’ts after your laser hair removal treatment. However, we also recommend that you follow the instructions of your laser hair removal professional.

You may be wondering what to do after laser hair removal. You should not be in pain after the treatment, so we will mostly be focusing on ways to stop discomfort. The first thing that we recommend if you experience redness or slight discomfort is to apply a cold compress. This is a good way to reduce redness and inflammation without causing more discomfort. While on the topic of discomfort, we also recommend wearing loose clothing on the area that has been lasered. Tight and harder fabrics can cause irritation to the treated area and restrict it from getting air, causing further irritation and discomfort. 

In recovery, you will want to stay hydrated. Drinking plenty of water will keep you and your skin hydrated, which in turn will allow your skin to heal faster and cope better with the intensity of the treatment you have just gone through. You will also want to keep your skin well moisturized. This will prevent itching and dryness, relieve some discomfort, and stop you from potentially itching or scratching the recently treated skin and causing damage. Since laser hair removal requires multiple sessions for maximum results, you will need to schedule your next appointment according to the timeline recommended by your laser technician.

There are many things that you should not do after your laser hair removal treatment. After your procedure, you will want to take a shower, and it is acceptable to shower after laser hair removal. However, avoid hot baths and hot showers, as well as exfoliation and harsh body scrubs, until a couple of days after your treatment. Participating in these things before your body has had proper time to recover can lead to irritation and much more discomfort. Post-treatment, you will also want to steer clear of any other hair removal methods for the treated area. Wax strips, sugar wax, hair removal cream, and shaving can all be very damaging to your skin if it has recently gone through a laser hair reduction procedure and can severely damage it. For the first day or two after your appointment, you should skip the gym and avoid intense workouts, as this can also cause irritation that will lead to severe discomfort in the treated area. We also recommend staying away from the sauna for a few additional days.

Now that you know what to expect after your laser hair removal treatment, we hope that your appointment goes well and that these tips helped!