Taking Care of Your Skin After Laser Hair Removal Laser hair removal is an extremely popular cosmetic treatment taken to flaunt a smooth and hair free skin. The therapy requires few session with gaps in between. In this treatment, an intense beam of light is used to burn the hair follicles and kill them. Because of the heat absorbed by the skin, there is a probability of skin damage and burn if any of its precautions are not followed. The process involves proper care of the skin before and after each session. Here we list out few precautions and care that you must take post your first and after every laser hair removal session. Few side effects that you can expect Despite all precautions taken, you might face some burns or skin discoloration. Post, your first session, you might experience some redness, pinkness, burning sensation or itching on your skin. The best way to deal with it is to soothe the skin with some aloe gel, soothing lotion or hydrocortisone cream to bring relief. A cold compress immediately after the treatment brings much relief. Do not use any makeup on the face for at least one to two days if hair has been removed from it. These sensations die within 24 to 36 hours. If it persists beyond that, it is advisable to consult your laser expert and seek suitable treatment. Stay away from sun Post-treatment, you should remain away from the sun for at least seventy two hours. The freshly lasered skin would already have heat inside and the sun’s rays would increase the burning sensation and other side effects and also encourage hyper-pigmentation. Unsightly discoloration and sunspots might also surface. When you are moving out in the sun after two to three days, remember to pamper your skin with a liberal dose of sunscreen of minimum SPF 50 for best coverage. Saunas, tanning beds, hot tubs etc should also be avoided to the maximum. This will help in dissipating the heat from the skin as well as prepare your skin for a more efficient forthcoming session. Avoid plucking and waxing Post a laser treatment, you might be tempted to take to you tweezers for plucking out hair or wax them out. You need to throw both out of the window. They will eliminate the hair from its shaft and you would end up with an ineffective subsequent laser hair removal session. You can take to shaving but only after four to five days after and preferably a week after the session. You should also avoid touching the treated area as much as possible for better healing. Exfoliate to take care of shedding hair For at least two to three weeks after a laser hair removal session, you might experience some blackhead like bumps mushrooming in the treated area. This is nothing to panic as it is the hair that is shedding itself. To deal with it, start exfoliating your skin gently after 72 hours with a shower sponge, loofah or exfoliating shower gel. This will expedite the hair falling process and help in their easy elimination. However, not be too rough or harsh and do not use any salt or harsh gritty scrub as they would cause harm to your sensitized skin. Final words While these are some common safety tips that you must adopt; it’s important to listen to your laser hair removal expert and follow all his instructions to the tee including medications and his dos and don’ts. This will help you experience the most comfortable and stress-free sessions.