Can I wear makeup after laser hair removal?
Can I wear makeup after laser hair removal? What type of cream can I apply? These and other questions are very common and asked by the patients daily.
If you are thinking of laser hair removal for the removal of unwanted hair on your body, you should do so after learning about its post care instructions. Most people get worried about side effects and pain associated with laser hair removal; however once you get a better understanding about its after care, there is not much to worry about.
There will be some redness and some edema of tissues surrounding a hair follicle in the treated area just after treatment. The intensity of this redness depends on the hair color and density. However there is no need to worry about this as it subsides within a day or two. In rare conditions, if it does not subside, consult your laser operator.
To minimise the redness we recommend that you:
- Gently cleanse twice daily with a soothing unscented moisturising cream
- Avoid hot or cold water – use lukewarm water in the shower
- Avoid vigorous sponging or scrubbing
- Avoid chlorine and other similar swimming chemicals
- Try to minimise activities that cause perspiration
- Avoid scented body products and perfume
- Minimise sun exposure; use 30+ SPF sunscreen if necessary
- Refrain from shaving
If you see that swelling and redness after laser treatments are uncomfortable, apply cold compresses too soothe the treated areas.
The treated hair falls off within 3-4 weeks; however after this, you may notice some new hair growth. This is nothing to worry about as it is the dormant hair that grows after getting activated by the laser treatment. This hair is less in density than your normal hair, and is the reason why you need to have multiple laser hair removal sessions to complete treatment plan and be hair free.
So, what you can and can’t do after laser treatment?
- Use sun block. This is very important if the treated regions are exposed areas like face, neck and forearms. Use a broad spectrum sun screen that offers a sun protection factor of 30+.
- Do not scratch treated area. Any epidermal injury that takes place during the procedure should be treated using topical antibiotic creams and ointments twice a day. If required, your laser technician may also recommend mild and topical steroid creams to help fight swelling and erythema and to reduce skin scarring.
- You can wear makeup immediately after laser hair removal to help hide the redness. Be aware that skin on the face may be sensitive to irritation. To keep skin clear, don’t use liquid based makeup. If you have to wear makeup, mineral makeup is a better choice. There is also healing gel-make up. However if there is any blistering or crusting, its better to avoid makeup as the makeup can cause some allergic reaction to broken skin.
- Use moisturiser on the treated area frequently so that dead hair will exfoliate from the follicle. It also gives soothing affect
- Shave area between treatments, no plucking or waxing. When you pluck hair you leave partial root in skin. This root is injured and the body’s natural response is to make it bigger, stronger and thicker when it grows back. So plucking and waxing make the hairs bigger and blacker!
- Use a Loofah. Exfoliate once a week using a loofah. Although the skin will be sensitive right after laser hair removal, you can still exfoliate the skin to remove dead skin cells. A loofah will help make it easier for skin to heal.