Can sun exposure affect my IPL treatments?
This question asked a lot, especially during summer. The short answer to the question is Yes.
You need to keep the area to be treated out of the sun for at least a month prior to treatment and at least 1-2 weeks after treatment.
Sun exposure can cause hypo and hyper pigmentation and sometimes even burn marks. The pigmentation is not permanent, but can take up to 6 months for the marks to disappear.
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So what you do? IT’s vital to wear SPF 30+ daily!
Avoid sun exposure, to the treatment area, for at least a month beforehand. A minimum of 28 days is required for skin cells to naturally replace. If you have a deep tan it is recommended you wait for it to fade before having treatment as this will prevent pigmentation and crusting. More on how to prepare for hair removal procedure
For most laser procedures a good rule of thumb is to use an SPF 30+ for at least 1 to 2 weeks after the procedure, this is because your skin will be much more susceptible to irritation and photodamage. More after laser tips
Laser hair removal requires multiple treatments so if your skin becomes tanned between treatments you will increase your chances of complications and your clinician may not be able to perform your next treatment.
We highly recommend keeping the treated area out of the sun and using a sunscreen high in zinc oxide such as MineralPro.
Hyperpigmentation and Sun Damage
Sun exposure after laser / IPL treatments increases the risk of permanent discoloration.
It occurs when an excess of melanin, the pigment that produces skin colour, forms deposits in the skin. The good news is that hyperpigmentation disappears on its own within 16 weeks in over 93%of cases.
Hypo pigmentation occurs when there is the absence of normal amounts of melanin in the skin. While not common, patients with medium or dark skin colour or those who have experienced inflammatory damage to their skin previously, are more likely to suffer from hypopigmentation. Know your skin and take precautions by talking to your clinician.