Side effects of laser on the face
After Laser Treatment | 7 November 2017

Side effects of laser hair removal on the face

There are two side effects of laser hair removal on the face. Redness (erythema) and swelling of the hair follicle (follicular oedema). Both are very temporary and become less evident as you progress through your course.

When starting a course of treatment excess facial hair can be very thick and coarse. This is perfect for laser as there will be an abundance of melanin (brown pigment) contained within the hair.  Laser is designed to absorb into melanin. So the more melanin that is present in the hair the easier it is for the laser to target.

What will my face look like after laser hair removal treatment?

Immediately after treatment the skin on your face may be quite red.  Similar to having very mild sunburn. This feeling dissipates quickly after treatment for most people.  A thick layer of Aloe Vera applied to the skin after treatment.  This will help to soothe the skin and reduces redness. It is extremely important to apply SPF50+ to avoid direct sunlight after treatment.  SPF 50+ should also be worn on the face throughout your course of treatment. This will, in turn, prevent pigmentation occurring.

You may also see small raised bumps on the skin after treatment.  These are completely normal and may be white or red in colour. It is important not to pick or touch these areas, they will disappear over a period of a few hours. If you have very sensitive skin this effect may last slightly longer. Taking an anti-histamine will help the skin return to normal quite quickly.

Tips for reducing redness after facial laser hair removal

  • Store Aloe Vera in your fridge and apply a layer of cold gel to your face
  • We recommend applying mineral make up or mineral concealer after your treatment
  • Don’t pick or rub your skin after treatment
  • Avoid the gym, sauna, swimming pool or anything that may cause more heat in the area
  • Avoid exfoliation or any perfumed products for 4-5 days after treatment

How long does redness last after facial laser hair removal?

Redness usually fades over a period of 3-4 hours. However, it may last for longer periods depending on certain factors.  If you have sensitive or your hair is very coarse and thick redness may last longer.  Redness does become less evident as you progress through your course of treatment. As the hair becomes thinner it absorbs less heat resulting in less of an impact on the skin.

Skin will feel hot to the touch after treatment and follicles will remain open. At this time they will be very susceptible to bacteria and irritants. It is vitally important that after-care procedures are followed correctly to avoid breakouts or skin irritation.

Side effects from laser hair removal on the face are different for everyone. Some people will have very little others may experience slightly more. This may be because hair is denser and thicker in the treatment area. Over time as hair reduces so does the impact of treatment on the skin.


Without a doubt, laser hair removal is a very safe and effective way of reducing facial hair.  If you are tired of dealing with excess facial hair and are looking for a more long term solution contact us today. Our dedicated team of hair removal specialists are on hand to answer any of your questions.

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