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Can I Wear Deodorant Before Laser Hair Removal

Laser hair removal is a very effective way to remove unwanted hair. However, many people worry about how it will affect their skin. Will lasers damage my skin? Will the treatment hurt? And most importantly, can I wear deodorant before laser hair removal? This post also talks about what not to do after laser hair removal and can i wash my face after laser hair removal.

If you are considering laser hair removal, these are questions that you have probably asked yourself. Fortunately, we have the answers to all of them!

Lasers do not damage your skin when they are used for hair removal. In fact, they actually improve the health of your skin by stimulating collagen production and speeding up cell renewal processes. This means that after your first treatment, your skin will feel softer and look healthier than before.

Yes! You can absolutely wear deodorant before laser hair removal—and you should! Your skin needs all the help it can get when undergoing this procedure, so make sure you apply deodorant every morning before leaving home for work or school. The last thing you want is for someone at work asking why there’s a strange smell coming from hair.

Here is some common mistakes make by most people during laser services. Sometimes even neglected by some untrained technician.

1. Deodorant is the number one enemy for Diode Laser with cooling gel. It will create a white substance, and it deflects laser light. Even with some residue, it will significantly reduce the effective of laser hair removal.

Most common side effects including excessive irritation, redness, and even hyper-pigmentation.

2. Makeups can cause some serious complication during laser treatment. As many makeups may change the skin tone, they will either absorb or deflect laser energy.

Serious burnt can result from makeup residuals

3. Switching between different lasers service provider. If you are getting treatments on the same area from your new service provider, you will need to make sure the laser utilizes the same or similar wavelength. In some extreme cases, hair regrowth will happen when switching between different laser equipment.

Here is some easy step to prepare yourself for laser hair removal

1. Stay away from the sun for at least 1 week (Only experienced technician, can provide services within such period, remember to notify and ask your technician if he/she is comfortable with recently tanned skin)

2. Avoid plucking, waxing and electrolysis. These hair removal methods can disturb the hair follicle and interfere with laser hair removal.

Shaving is OK, however, since it preserves the hair shaft and follicle. In fact, shaving is recommended so that the laser doesn’t target hair above the skin, potentially causing burns.

3. Avoid antibiotics, most antibiotics cause skin photosensitive reaction to laser treatments which results in adverse reactions, such as wild redness, scarring, hypo-pigmentation, hyper-pigmentation, and etc.

4. No Accutane for at least 4 months(recommended for 6 months) before your appointment.

5. For facial hair removal, you should have makeup removed before your session starts.

6. For underarms hair removal, you should remove deodorant prior to your laser sessions.

Post Laser Hair Removal Cream

Never put your hands in boiling water. Be careful not to soak the area in scalding hot water before the wound has completely healed.
Applying a moisturizing cream like Cetaphil, Cerave, or Aquaphor Healing Ointment to the area will help it heal faster and reduce inflammation.
Do not expose the treated area to direct sunlight. Cover up or put on a broad-spectrum sunscreen with at least an SPF of 30 for at least four weeks after treatment, if exposure to the sun is unavoidable.
Protect the treated area from being irritated by clothing. Keeping the area free from further irritation is essential.
Keep hairspray away from the area being treated.
Do not use deodorant under your arms for at least two days after getting them treated.

Can I Wash My Face After Laser Hair Removal

It’s fine to continue your nightly ritual of washing your face, but try to take it easy and only use a gentle cleanser. Dry the treated area gently by patting rather than rubbing.

To begin, you should forego applying makeup.
The first 24 hours after a treatment or when your skin is still healing can be the most sensitive. Makeup, even sensitive-skin products, can contain agents that irritate skin right after treatment, so it’s best to wait at least 24 hours before applying any.

It is safe to apply makeup again after 24 hours, but if doing so aggravates your skin in any way, you should wait another day.

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