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4 Things You Should Know About Laser Hair Removal

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If you're tired of shaving all the time, you should consider a more permanent method of hair removal. Waxing can last longer than shaving does, but it's painful and depending on the rate your hair grows, you'll still need to get waxed at least once a month. If you're ready to get rid of unwanted hair for good, you should ask your dermatologist about laser hair removal. Here are four things you should do before and after laser hair removal:

1. Don't wear makeup to your appointment.

On the day of your appointment, you'll want to make sure the area being treated is clean and free of makeup, lotions, and other products that could interfere with your laser hair removal treatment. While you may not like the idea of leaving the house without makeup, forgoing makeup for the day will give you better results.

2. Don't pluck or wax your hair leading up to your appointment.

According to Derma Health, you should avoid waxing or plucking your hair for two weeks preceding your laser hair removal appointment. This is because laser hair removal targets the roots of your hair to keep it from growing back. Both plucking and waxing removes your entire hair, including the root, which will make laser treatment less effective. If you're bothered by the presence of hair, shaving before your appointment is permissible. However, you should not shave for 48 hours before your appointment in order to avoid skin irritation.

3. Use home remedies to alleviate discomfort.

Most people don't find laser hair removal painful, but your skin might be a little sore after the procedure. If this happens to you, feel free to use home remedies to lessen your discomfort. A cold pack applied to the affected area can provide relief. Just make sure to wrap it in a paper towel or cloth, so you don't damage your skin with direct contact with the idea. Nonprescription painkillers are another option.

4. Protect the area from the sun.

After your laser hair removal treatment, your skin may be sensitive for several days. You should avoid the sun as much as possible for the next week, since sunburn can be painful on the treated area. If you must go out in the sun, wear sunblock and cover up. Large-brimmed hats are an excellent way to shield your face from the sun, if you've had hair removed from your upper lip or chin area.