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Five Tips For Successful Laser Hair Removal

Unwanted hair can have a negative effect on your self-confidence, especially if the hair is highly visible. Many people with unwanted hair spend countless hours and invest lots of cash experimenting with removal techniques, which can further add to the stress of dealing with the issue. Laser hair removal treatments can be an effective choice that will boost your confidence while saving you time and money in the long run. The following tips can help ensure the removal is a success.

1. Target the Darkest Hairs

Laser hair removal works by targeting the pigment in the hairs. This means laser treatment works best on dark hairs growing on light skin, not blond or gray hairs. When determining what areas to focus on for removal, opt for those that have the darkest pigmented hairs for the most dramatic results.

2. Skip the Tanning Salon

Darker skin tones can affect the success of laser hair removal. Tanned skin can lead to insufficient hair removal and even irritation or minor burns because the laser may target the darker skin toned areas. Avoid tanning, both naturally and in a tanning bed, prior to your treatment. Further, avoid self-tanning products as well, since these also darken the skin.

3. Check for Sensitivity

Some people have very sensitive skin that makes them more prone to laser irritation. Your removal specialist should test the laser in a small area first to ensure that you don't have any sensitivity issues. Certain medications, such as hormone treatments, may also increase laser sensitivity, so talk with both your prescribing doctor and your dermatologist before beginning treatments to makes sure there are no interactions or health concerns that may affect laser hair removal.

4. Use Proper Removal Techniques

You will need to remove the hair before the treatment. Generally, you should wait to shave until a day or two before the scheduled laser appointment, then you can shave with a razor blade. Avoid the use of waxes and hair removal creams, as these remove the hair at the follicle. With no hair in the follicle, there is nothing for the laser to target so the treatment will be useless.

5. Clean Thoroughly Beforehand

Finally, take a shower before your appointment to ensure there is no dirt that could interfere with the laser. Avoid the use of makeup and any types of lotions or creams, unless your treatment specialist has determined that they won't interfere with the hair removal process.

Contact a cosmetic laser hair removal service for more help.