Laser removal heat hair to damage the stem cells in the hair follicles to inhibit new growth, but if the hair is too long, the laser can singe your hair and burn your skin. It is extremely important to shave before your laser removal session, twenty-four hours before it is recommended. While shaving the day before your appointment is important, shaving immediately before your session is not recommended and can even be dangerous, but why?
When you shave, the razor may lift skin off as it passes over your skin. However, this really depends on how much pressure you use when gliding the razor over your body. This freshly shaved skin will be fragile for a few hours and can be very sensitive to the laser light.
- Immediately after shaving, your skin may become a little dry temporarily, and it could take some time for the oil glands to replenish the oil content in your skin. If your skin is dry when receiving treatment, it may become super itchy . This reaction is quite uncomfortable and can take a few days to heal. When you shave, be sure to use a good quality shaving foam to help lock moisture in your skin.
- When you are shaving, avoid using too much pressure on the razor as this will make your skin very sore and sensitive. If you find yourself having to repeatedly shave over the same areas, it could be time to buy a new razor. Always shave with a clean razor blade to avoid a build-up of bacteria that can result in acne.
- When you are shaving, be sure to give yourself adequate time in order to do it properly. If you speed through your shaving efforts, you may cause nicks and cuts on your skin that will have to be avoided with the laser during your treatment.
- As we mentioned a little earlier, if you don’t shave before your appointment, the laser will singe the hair resulting in a burn to your skin. In addition, if the hair hasn’t been shaved properly, treatment will not be as effective, and it may result in small temporary grazes on the top layer of your skin. These tend to take a few days or so to completely heal, and it’s nothing to really be concerned about, but it’s best to just avoid this from happening as they can be a little irritating.