Laser hair removal is a very quick, safe, and convenient beauty treatment these days. The advancements in relevant knowledge and technology have made it one of the most popular cosmetic treatments available worldwide.
However, it is still worthwhile remembering that laser hair removal is not without side effects. The most notable side effect being increased sensitivity of the skin that you will have to care for by following the appropriate aftercare instructions.
Here is some useful information regarding the relationship between our skin and sunlight (UV light) following laser hair removal treatments, and what actions you should take if you are receiving laser hair treatment.
Laser hair removal and sun exposure
Sun exposure and laser hair removal do not go well together. You may think that the sun is great for our skin, and to an extent you would be right. It is important to spend time outdoors to get sufficient vitamin D and feel healthier.
But the sun is also very dangerous for our skin, and we should do all that we can to mitigate the effects of sun damage if we want to avoid harm or premature ageing – especially if you are receiving (or are considering) laser hair removal treatment.
This is because the lasers that are used for hair removal treatments target the melanin in our hair and cause the hair follicles located in our skin to burn. As the follicles burn, the skin in the treated area becomes damaged, which makes it more susceptible to further damage from sun exposure.
The damaged skin needs to heal before the area can be treated again, and it will need to be treated again as it can take up to 8 sessions of laser hair removal to see permanent hair loss.
However, melanin is not just found in our hair – it is also present in our skin, too. Exposure to the sun can cause an increase in melanin in the skin, which can make receiving laser hair removal more difficult or more dangerous.
Not only does sun damage make receiving laser hair treatments more difficult (it may also unqualify you for treatment if you currently have signs of sun damage), it will also increase the likelihood that you will see unwanted side effects after treatment such as skin blistering and dark spots (hyperpigmentation).