Many people undergo laser skin treatments for hair removal, wrinkle reduction, skin-rejuvenation and so on. The FDA has even approved two laser treatments for home use since 2008 which can be used for removing black or brown colored body hair at home. Thus, laser treatments are very effective, convenient and safe methods of managing different skin issues. However, there are some remedies and safety tips you should know about as far as post laser skin care is concerned. For example, laser could make your skin extremely itchy. In summers, laser treated skin might develop hives, eczema, acne and itchy prickly heat. So in order to avoid these issues, you need to exercise caution. Let us take a look at some home remedies for preventing allergic reaction to laser hair removal.
How does laser treatment work?
Laser or light based photo-rejuvenation treatments penetrate deep into the dermis to clear unwanted moles, age spots, sun damage, broken capillaries, blood vessels etc. They also work on the collagen layer and reveal younger, beautiful skin. This is how the treatment works:
- Pulses of light target unwanted age spots, pigments, moles etc causing them to slowly disappear.
- The light rays also stimulate the skin’s natural defenses to heal itself.
Results of laser photo-therapy are fast, and come with very little or no downtime. Laser treatments can be used for tattoo removal, removal of birthmark, reducing scars and stretch marks, and preventing signs of aging like spots, wrinkles, lines etc.
Risks and Side effects
Occasionally, laser treatment can cause scarring, itchiness and coarsening of skin. Also, some patients develop skin rashes and redness after sun exposure. Therefore one must avoid sun exposure for a few days post laser skin resurfacing or hair removal treatments.
When going out in the sun take following precautions:
- Cover up the laser treated area with clothing.
- Use an umbrella if possible.
- For the face, use a sun visor
- Apply sunscreen with broad spectrum UV protection. Reapply every 2-3 hours.
- Wear a wide brimmed hat or scarf
It is best if you can avoid going out in the sun immediately after treatment.
Folliculitis Heat rash and Itching after Brazilian Laser Hair Removal
Many women undergo laser hair removal in the groin area- a treatment known as Brazilian laser hair removal. It clears the hair from the bikini line but is often known to lead to folliculitis. This is the process wherein the body is pushing out dead hair from the skin’s pores. The symptoms are typically like those of heat rash- red bumps, extreme itching, redness etc. Sweat and humidity in the area aggravate the condition. Here are some remedies:
- Avoid synthetic underwear or swim wear
- Wear cotton briefs or panties.
- In summers, keep the area cool and dry.
- Take frequent baths.
- Use Aloe Vera gel to soothe the itch. Ensure that there is no alcohol in the gel. It is best to use gel directly from the Aloe plant.
- For folliculitis which causes pus filled blisters, apply witch hazel. The astringent properties and natural salicylates in witch hazel prevent red dots after laser hair removal. Witch hazel also soothes the skin and calms irritation and itchiness.
- Gently exfoliate the skin to remove the dead hair. Use a mild scrub or a clean loofah or brush for the same.
- Do not apply makeup or use any heavy creams or lotions for at least a week after the procedure.
- Wash treated area gently with mild soap or cleanser.
- You may use deodorants in treated underarm area a week after the procedure. Until then, apply some powder to prevent sweat and odor.
Red welts after laser-Is it heat rash?
Red welts after laser often resemble heat rashes. Heat rashes are caused by clogged sweat glands which prevent the sweat from coming out on the skin’s surface. Bacteria and dead skin cells along with inflamed hair follicles lead to pustules, blisters, red welts and tiny papules in the affected areas. Scratching these can cause redness, pus, and secondary skin infections. To prevent red welts, go for following home remedies:
- Aloe vera gel soothes the redness and swelling. Apply t liberally 3-4 times a day.
- Calendula cream can also help with redness.
- Avoid sun exposure strictly.
If the symptoms do not reduce after 2-3 days post procedure, call the spa or the medical facility where you had the treatment.