Laser hair removal is a popular elective procedure for both women and men who want a longer-term solution for unwanted hair. Before starting a series of treatments, it's important to know what to avoid in order to maximize the effectiveness of the procedure. Exercising too soon after laser hair removal does not affect the results, but it is still recommended to wait 24 to 48 hours before engaging in any physical activity. This will allow the skin to calm down and prevent any aggravation of sensitive hair follicles, which can lead to a rash or infection.
Additionally, hot showers, saunas, steam rooms, and any other activity that causes sweating should be avoided for two days. Perfumes and fragrances should also be avoided after laser hair removal as they can damage the skin and cause redness and discoloration. Sun exposure and heat should also be avoided for several days as they can burn and irritate the skin. Chemical peels, IPL photofacial, and microdermabrasion are too harsh for the skin after laser hair removal.
It is necessary to shave before laser hair removal to prevent damage to the skin's surface, but it is not recommended to do so for several days after the treatment. The hair follicles usually retain heat from the laser for a few days after the procedure. Whether you've done your armpits, bikini line, or legs, it's best to avoid exercising right after laser hair removal. The skin clinic where you do your laser hair removal is also important in achieving the best possible result.
As a patient, you are responsible for knowing what you should and should not do to increase your chances of receiving successful laser hair removal treatment.