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Can Laser Hair Removal Help Acne

Acne can be a huge pain. Not only is it a literal pain, but it also makes you feel self-conscious and unhappy about your skin.

If you’re looking for a way to reduce the appearance of acne scars, laser hair removal may be able to help. In this blog post, we’ll explore what laser hair removal can do for acne scars and how it can help improve your skin’s appearance. This exposition also discusses does laser hair removal help with acne scars and how to treat acne caused by laser hair removal.

What Is Laser Hair Removal?

Laser hair removal is a type of treatment that uses light energy to destroy unwanted hair on the surface of the skin. It works by targeting the melanin in your hair follicle, which causes the hair to stop growing at its root and fall out naturally as new growth pushes it out of the follicle. The procedure takes anywhere from several minutes to an hour depending on how much hair needs to be removed and how many sessions will be needed (generally 3-6).

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The short answer is: Yes!

Acne is caused by a variety of factors, including acne bacterium, oily skin, ingrown hairs and many other conditions. In many patients, the presence of hair can create a “harbor” for acne bacterium that makes them more resistant to washing and cleaning agents. Also, oily skin can be harder to treat on hairy body areas, which makes acne more likely to take hold. Moreover, ingrown hairs can also facilitate the growth of acne bacteria and increase inflammation.

Laser Hair Removal can be a huge help. By removing the hair, you can substantially reduce the presence of acne on the face and body. Many clients report a significant improvement. Also, the additional irritation of shaving can be avoided.

Laser hair removal can provide an amazing life change for those who suffer from unwanted hair. It can be an easy way to remove a large portion of body hair permanently. However, the procedure can come with some pesky post-treatment, short-term side effects. The good news is that these can be easily cured with the right aftercare and precautions.

Below is a list of common laser hair removal side effects you can expect from your treatment, along with ways to fix or prevent them.

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Redness and irritation

You may experience some redness, small bumps, irritation, and temporary discomfort directly after a treatment, but only on the area that was lasered.

This is temporary and should go away on its own within a few hours to a couple days. However, you can help soothe the area by using a cooling cream. For example, try a fragrance-free aloe vera, or non-comedogenic aftersun products). You can also use ice packs or cold wash cloths as compresses to reduce swelling, or sensations of burning or itching.

Avoid using harsh cleansers or exfoliants on the treated area. This will only irritate the skin further.

Slight discoloration

After laser hair removal treatments, your skin may appear slightly discolored. This is a temporary side effect and usually goes away on its own within a week or so.

If you have any severe pain, in addition to discoloration, you should call your laser treatment provider right away, or see a doctor. You should not feel like you are ‘on fire.’

That said, some discomfort is expected. It is common to feel like you have razor burn after laser hair removal. But, it is not common to feel debilitated by pain.

If you’re unsure whether or not your symptoms are serious, call and ask the clinic you went to for this service. They may ask you to come in for an assessment (especially if a doctor runs the clinic). If that is the case, don’t delay going back so they can take a look, and advise further.

Post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation (‘burn marks’)

Some people call these scars, but they are not quite the same thing. Permanent, post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation can create a ‘burn mark’ if a laser was used inappropriately during hair removal sessions. They can be hard to reverse (though steps can be taken to try to reduce their appearance).

Post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation is the result of skin being affected by the laser treatment, instead of the hair follicle only. Ideally, a laser should not do this. However, since laser light is attracted to pigment, tanned skin, or certain skin tones, can be more susceptible to this side effect. If the laser is set too high for the context in which it is being used, the chances for ‘burn marks’ can increase.

This is why we can’t stress enough that seeking a treatment like laser hair removal is very serious. It should only be done in a professional setting. It’s nothing like waxing at a spa, nor even like electrolysis with needles.

As a precaution, you should never, ever (we mean never) undergo laser treatments if you have recently been exposed to the sun. Even if you are not fully bronzed, sun exposure can spur melanocyte activity in your skin. This will make you more sensitive to hyperpigmentation from laser treatments.

You should also avoid the sun after treatments, and wear high-SPF, broad spectrum sunscreen daily.

If you do find yourself with a permanent burn mark or scar that won’t go away after laser hair removal, you should start by contacting your provider. If it is a medically-run clinic, they will likely be your best bet. This is because they will have information about how your scar may have happened to begin with. If they don’t have access to a doctor, you should seek medical care on your own.

Acne and pimples

After your laser hair removal sessions, acne may appear on the treatment area. This side effect happens when pores get clogged. Since the heat of the laser opens up your pores, your skin will be sensitive to these very tiny infections. They happen the same way as any acne would – dead skin cells and bacteria can’t escape, so they create a puss-filled bubble as your body tries to get them out.

This issue can be prevented with a proper, post-lasering treatment regime. Keep the area clean. Avoid putting on makeup, deodorant or other cosmetics directly after sessions. This will allow the skin to ‘breathe’ while it heals. You want to keep that ‘pathway’ open for the pores to clear out debris.

But, do keep using the cooling creams or ointments that a doctor suggests, to keep irritation down.

If acne persists after laser hair removal, it can be helped with a triple-antibiotic ointment. This type of product can be found over-the-counter at most drugstores. A doctor can advise you on which one you need (another reason to only use a doctor-led medical spa for any laser treatment).

You should refrain from picking or popping the acne spots, to avoid scarring.


Since lasers use heat from light energy to destroy hair follicles, they can create blisters, like a burn would. However, this would be unusual in a medically-run clinic, and when using the most modern devices.

One basic part of training with laser hair removal technicians is to keep the skin cool during the procedure. This is so that the laser heats only the pigments in the hair shaft, and not the skin. You may be iced during sessions, to achieve this.

Some lasers are so ahead of this issue, they include cooling devices into their handpieces. This way, additional icing is not always necessary.

If you get a blister from laser hair removal, allow it to heal as you would any other blister. Use a wound healing cream to avoid infection. Do not try to pop the blister.

Be sure to tell your provider that you got the blister, and ask them what measures they will take to prevent it from happening again.

Hair regrowth

It is possible to be lasered too much. Laser hair removal can only achieve about 80 – 90% hair reduction in a single treatment area. If it is overdone, it can reactivate hair follicles.

The best way to handle this is with prevention. Your laser clinic provider should not be over-aggressive in attempting to remove 100% of your hairs.

If you want that baby-bare skin, electrolysis may help to clear out the few strands that remain, after laser hair removal has taken you most of the way there. However, many people are happy to do at-home maintenance on these leftover hairs. Waxing or shaving is a lot easier when there is less hair to begin with. However, you should only do this after your series of laser treatments are completely done.

Laser hair removal side effects are minimal and temporary, when the procedure is done safely

While severe side effects are possible, most of the time, laser hair removal poses very minimal risk. Most issues are temporary. However, the length of time side effects last can depend on the practitioner performing the procedure, and the measures you take to both prepare for sessions, and care for your skin afterwards.

Does Laser Hair Removal Help With Acne Scars

Around 85% of the population will suffer from acne at some point in their lives, making it a constant source of frustration for many of us. A further annoyance is the appearance of unwanted hair in problem areas. Then again, what if we told you that in addition to getting rid of all that hair, laser hair removal can also help with acne?

Let me share a bit of trivia with you: It’s common knowledge that acne is a skin condition that causes inflammation in the pores, but did you know that “pore” is actually another word for “hair follicle?” Painful and swollen, a pimple develops when oil and dead skin cells block a hair follicle, allowing acne bacteria to invade.

Shaving and waxing, two common methods of hair removal, can irritate the skin and increase inflammation. On the other hand, laser hair removal can help alleviate some of the discomfort. You’ll find all the information you require on the topic of laser hair removal and acne right here.

Can Acne Prevent Me from Having Laser Hair Removal Done?
Acne is not a barrier to laser hair removal. Inflamed breakouts will cause more discomfort than normal breakouts during the treatment process. However, acne won’t hinder the treatment’s efficacy, and you might even see improvements.

How To Treat Acne Caused By Laser Hair Removal

To clarify, laser hair removal is a medical procedure that employs the use of a laser to eradicate unsightly hair. As the laser beam penetrates the skin and reaches the hair follicles below, the intense heat from the laser beam destroys the hair follicles and thus prevents hair growth in that area.

The use of lasers to remove hair has skyrocketed in popularity over the past two decades, with many people believing the results to be permanent. However, there are measures you can take to help care for your skin, such as using a laser calming cream, as laser hair removal can leave your skin feeling painful and irritated. Use this cream after each laser treatment to help soothe and relax your skin.

Inflammation, adverse reactions, and pain can all be mitigated by using the soothing cream. In addition, laser removal is sensitive to sunlight and can cause darkening; however, this sensitivity can be mitigated by using sunscreen. Also, if you are on antibiotics, you should wait at least two days after laser treatment before using a steam bath, sauna, or hot shower.

Importantly, use an ice pack on the treated skin to ease any discomfort. Remember to always use sunscreen with an SPF of at least 15 and preferably 20, 50, or more when going outside.

Avoiding waxing, tweezing, and electrolysis is another way to take care of your skin after laser hair removal. Additionally, avoid tanning your skin right before getting laser hair removal done. Hair removal with a laser is more challenging on people with darker skin because darker skin absorbs more of the laser beam’s energy. Also, spread out the times when you get your laser hair removal done. Most dermatologists advise patients to wait between 4 and 12 weeks between treatments. If you want to get your underarms done, remember to schedule your appointment for first thing in the morning and to skip the deodorant and perfume. Remember that you shouldn’t use any topical medication, like anti-acne creams, after having facial hair removed.

Unwanted hair can be eliminated with a medical procedure called laser hair removal. Advantages include the elimination of unwanted hair on the face, arms, legs, underarms, bikini line, and other areas. The popularity of the laser process can be attributed to its ability to selectively target only the areas with excess hair growth while leaving the surrounding skin untouched.

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