Medical Conditions | 9 February 2017

Does laser hair removal help acne?

Although it is not a cure, facial laser hair removal treatment will, 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, waxing, electrolysis) 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. So by reducing instances of shaving, laser hair removal can be effective at reducing breakouts.

There is a laser that will 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 kills this bacteria it is a very effective treatment to control acne.

Does laser hair removal on your face make your skin 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

Does laser hair removal make acne worse?

Laser hair removal may make acne worse initially especially if hairs in the treated area are thick and coarse.  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.

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.