Why do I need sunscreen after laser hair removal?
October 30, 2013 laser

Sunscreen and Laser

Laser hair removal usually requires minimum recovery time when you follow proper after care protocol. Good skin care and sunblock use is vital at least 2 weeks after and between sessions, to reduce the chances of complications or discomfort following treatments. This will allow you to maintain healthy, beautiful skin whilst achieving your desired results.

Following a laser hair removal treatment, you can expect

  • the skin in the treated area to be slightly red and swollen.
  • the area may feel a little puffy and irritated, like mild sunburn.
  • for most, this sensation disappears within a few hours. For some, however, it may take a day or two for skin to return to a completely normal state.

After a laser hair removal treatment, it is absolutely crucial that you

  • avoid exposing the treated area to sunlight. Even a small amount of sun exposure can cause irritation and burning on the treated areas of skin.
  • any darkening of the skin due to sun exposure can impact the effectiveness of any follow-up treatments you will have.

Sun tanned skin is more likely to burn during laser hair removal treatments. If you know your skin will be exposed to sunlight, be sure to put a generous amount of sun screen on the area.

Sun screen with an SPF of 30 or higher is recommended.

What is SPF?

SPF stands for Sun Protection Factor. The SPF is a rating measure that indicates the relative strength of protection the sunscreen will provide against UV radiation.

Some hand, face and body moisturizers include sunscreen components with a high SPF rating and can be considered for everyday use, however whilst having laser treatments we recommend using a real deal sunblock with high SPF to ensure you are getting full protection.

Using an SPF daily will benefit people who work outdoors, spend a significant part of the day outdoors (in work, social or recreational activities), and especially for those of us seeking to prevent further sun damage to our skin.

Skin Sun protection

Cancer Council Australia recommends a combination of sun protection measures:

1.    Slip on some sun-protective clothing that covers as much skin as possible.

2.    Slop on broad spectrum, water resistant SPF30+ sunscreen. Put it on 20 minutes before you go outdoors and every two hours afterwards. Sunscreen should never be used to extend the time you spend in the sun.

3.    Slap on a hat – broad brim or legionnaire style to protect your face, head, neck and ears.

4.    Seek shade.

5.    Slide on some sunglasses – make sure they meet Australian Standards.

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