Why is it Recommended to Stay Out of the Sun After Laser Hair Removal?

November 14, 2016

You’ve just completed several sessions of laser hair removal and are excited about the results. You can’t wait to flaunt your skin on the beach in your new bathing suit or bikini. However, it is extremely important that you temporarily resist this temptation. Immediate sun exposure after laser hair removal can lead to a few results you do not want to experience.

After you laser hair removal treatment, it is recommended to stay out of the sun because of your skin’s increased vulnerability to UV rays. Laser hair removal works by emitting a concentrated beam of light onto your skin, which is absorbed by the skin pigments, damaging the hair follicle. This light causes the treated area of the skin to become highly sensitive. Exposure of UV rays to this treated area increases the risk of skin damage. For example, people who have not been careful enough in the sun after their treatments have seen hyperpigmentation on their skin. This is when some areas become darker than others because of the exposure to the sun.

With the risk of increased sun damage, also comes the complication of skin healing. When the treated skin is exposed to UV rays, it can prevent it from healing properly. Tanning is something that can damage your skin easily. If the treated area is exposed to UV rays, the potential for significant skin damage is becomes higher. No product can reverse damaged skin or skin cancer. You’ve just spent valuable time and money on your laser hair removal treatments so you can show off your newly treated skin, but it’s best to think long-term by keeping your skin healthy. Stay out of the sun or tanning sessions a few weeks, even a month after your laser hair removal session to ensure this doesn’t happen to you!

Additionally, some people who have just started their laser hair removal treatments may need to attend a few more sessions before the treatment is completely finished. In these situations, it is highly recommended that sun exposure is avoided until your sessions are complete, as it can impinge the effectiveness of the treatments. If the treated area is more tanned, it becomes harder for the laser to pick up on the pigments and target the hair follicle. It is in your best interest to avoid becoming tanned before, between and even after your laser hair removal sessions so your treatments will be done faster and more effectively.

Laser hair removal is extremely popular, especially for people who want to get rid of hair permanently. Imagine not having to wax or shave your underarms, legs or even bikini line while you are away on vacation, or even on a daily basis. Laser hair removal is very convenient, but making sure your skin is well-kept during and even after your treatments will make your experience that much better. For more information or to book an appointment for your laser hair removal treatments, visit, or call us at 416-484-4884.

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