Facial Hair Removal | 9 February 2017

Does laser hair removal help acne?

Although it is not a cure, facial laser hair removal treatment can in some cases help with acne.

Acne causes inflammation and irritation due to pores becoming blocked due to excess oil production. Some people who have excess facial hair may find that when they remove their hair by traditional methods (shaving, tweezing, waxing, electrolysis etc) they suffer from breakouts a few days later. When hair is removed from the follicle the small opening on the surface of the skin remains open for a period of a few hours, in this time frame the skin structure below is susceptible to irritants and bacteria and may become infected if proper after-care procedures are not followed. When undergoing a course of laser treatment hair will reduce after each treatment, this in turn lessens the need to remove facial hair on a regular basis so the likelihood of experiencing these breakouts is minimised. As hair So by reducing instances of having to remove hair by shaving etc, laser hair removal can be effective at reducing breakouts in the long term by minimising the amount of times the follicles are .

There is a specific laser that can treat acne and it uses blue light which is very effective at reducing the amount of P. acnes bacteria in the skin. This laser omits a different wavelength of energy that targets and kills this bacteria and this can be a a very effective treatment to control acne. Treatments with this laser can be done on a regular basis and a course of 6-8 treatments may be required to see results.

Does laser hair removal make the skin on your face break out?

Breakouts on the face may happen after laser hair removal treatment especially after the first couple of sessions but this effect reduces dramatically after 2-3 sessions.

There are things that you can do before and after your treatment to prevent this from happening

  • Use a clean, sharp razor to shave the night before treatment
  • Apply Aloe Vera only to your skin after you remove your hair
  • Don’t touch your skin directly after treatment
  • Don’t apply makeup or any skin care products after treatment
  • Exfoliate lightly 3-4 days after your session to help the shedding process of treated hairs
  • Change your pillowcase the evening after your treatment
  • Don’t go to the gym, sauna or swimming pool or do anything that might cause you to sweat excessively
  • Do not pick or squeeze your skin as this may cause long term damage to your skin

Can laser make acne worse?

Laser hair removal may make acne worse initially especially if hairs in the treated area are thick and coarse.  A pre-treatment requirement After 2-3 sessions hair will become lighter, finer and will grow at a much slower rate. This will allow the skin the time it needs to heal and reduce the likelihood of further breakouts. If proper after-care procedures are followed these effects can definitely be kept to a minimum. Laser hair removal can help with acne and may make this condition improve over time.

If you have any further questions regarding laser hair removal and acne, please do not hesitate to contact us. Our dedicated team of hair removal specialists are on hand to answer any of your questions.