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Laser Hair Removal Burns: Causes and Treatments

Chichi Ogwe • May, 2023

Laser Hair Removal Burns: Causes and Treatments

Chichi Ogwe • August, 2023

For many people seeking a long-term solution for getting rid of unwanted hairs, laser hair removal seems like the best option and it is incredibly effective. As it works by using intense heat from a laser to damage hair follicles and prevent future hair growth on underarms, legs, face, arms and the bikini line, many people achieve smooth and hairless skin on the body thanks to this treatment. Plus, laser hair removal comes with many benefits, such as no (or low) downtime, low maintenance, quick procedure, no occurrence of ingrown hairs and precise and target treatment.

 However, like any other procedure, side effects may occur, though these are minimal. In rare cases, there’s the unexpected challenge of burning with laser hair removal, which is very serious.

Table Of Contents

  • 1. Laser Hair Removal Burns Explained
  • 2. Causes of Laser Hair Removal Burns
  • 3. Treatment Options for Laser Hair Removal Burns
  • 4. Prevention is Key
  • 5. Get Rid of Laser Burn Marks?
  • 6. FAQs
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Laser Hair Removal Burns Explained

Burns from laser hair removal occur when the treatment hasn’t been done correctly or a person’s skin type is incompatible with the laser. Laser hair removal procedures are supposed to be quick (15-60 minutes per session) so if the device is used on the same body part for far too long with improper cooling, burns after laser hair removal might occur.

Causes of Laser Hair Removal Burns

There are numerous factors that can cause laser burns, such as the type of skin the laser hair removal treatment is performed on. While laser hair removal is compatible for many skin types, some skin types are more likely to experience burns, such as tanned skin, sensitive skin, specific medications that the patient might be taking and skin with serious conditions.

 Also, the type of device used, and how it’s used is a factor. Newer devices tend to be designed with advanced technology with enhanced safety features to reduce burns, so if the device in use is old, or incorrect settings have been applied, or prolonged usage has occurred, this could cause laser hair removal burn.

  Something else to consider is the lack of preparation. To prepare for a laser hair removal session, it’s important to take necessary steps, such as avoiding sun exposure, wearing comfortable clothes, cleansing the target area and avoiding other hair removal methods. If the skin or the target area is not properly prepared for the treatment, this can trigger burns.

Treatment Options for Laser Hair Removal Burns

There are numerous treatment options available for laser burns, and the best approach is the most gentle one, so opt for a solution that’s delicate and be patient. You can use petroleum jelly over the burn to help facilitate wound healing, and you can use other topical creams, balms, ointments and dressings.

 Laser burns are sensitive to the sun, so you’ll need to keep the affected area out of direct sunlight until it’s cured, and you’ll can take over-the-counter pain relievers to help ease the pain. If your laser burns are severe or are not healing effectively, seek medical attention immediately.

Prevention is Key

There are some successful steps and measures you can take to prevent laser burns on your skin from occuring after a laser hair removal session. Prevention is much better than cure.

 Before embarking on a laser hair treatment session, do your research and choose to have laser hair treatment done by an experienced and certified dermatologist, practitioner or medical expert. The right one will have a consultation session with you prior to your laser hair appointment to understand your needs and medical history, and they’ll have to take your skin tone and type into account, because different skin tones and types may experience different effects from the laser. They might even conduct a spot test to check if you have any adverse reactions to the laser.

 You’ll need to avoid certain skincare products, topical dermatological medications (e.g. retinoids) and sun exposure for at least one week before the procedure. This is because tanned skin and certain skincare products make the skin more susceptible to burns. Also, avoid other hair removal methods, such as plucking, tweezing and hair removal creams.

Get Rid of Laser Burn Marks?

While laser burn marks are very rare, it’s good to know the products you could use if they ever occur. At Evertone, we have a range of skin lotions and creams that are wonderful solutions for removing scars and burn marks and helping your skin heal and recover.

Evertone Skin Body Smoother
The Body Smoother is a lotion that is suitable for sensitive skin. It soothes the body, stimulates cell renewal and unveils a fresh new layer of supple skin. Plus, its vitamin E, lemon peel and glycolic acid formula help reduce scarring and lighten marks.

Evertone Skin Complete Skin
Recovery The Complete Skin Recovery Bundle is a set of products that help diminish the appearance of marks, even skin texture and tone and stimulate skin renewal and hydration. With the Body Shaper, Body Exfoliator, Body Firmer, Body Smoother, Body Detoxifier and Body Refresher in this set, you can be sure to refresh and revitalize the skin and help it restore and repair itself.

FAQs

How long does a laser burn take to heal?

Burns from laser hair removal procedures normally take one to two weeks to heal, but severe burns will take longer and require specific aftercare. If your laser burns take too long to heal, you’ll need to seek medical attention.

What can you do to speed up the healing process?

To speed up the healing process from burns and scarring, you should use balms, petroleum jelly and ointments to aid recovery, keep the affected area cool and dry, avoid direct sunlight, use gentle products that won’t exacerbate inflammation, take pain medication and rest.

Can anyone undergo laser hair removal?

Some people with specific conditions aren’t suitable for laser hair removal treatment, such as pregnant women and people with specific skin conditions. Different skin types and tones can undergo laser hair removal, but ultimately, laser hair removal works best on those with a combination of light skin and dark hair.

 Can I undergo laser hair removal if I have a history of skin problems?

If you take medication for acne, are prone to cold sores, have keloid scars, have had cancer or have a family history of cancer, it’s best to avoid laser hair removal treatment.

 Are there any long-term side effects of laser hair removal?

Long-term side effects from laser hair removal are rare. You might experience some side effects, such as redness, tenderness, discomfort, swelling or bruising, but these should go down after a couple of days.

 After laser hair removal, I have developed skin blisters - what can I do?

If you experience blisters on your skin after a laser hair removal session, you will need to let it heal. If this occurs, speak with a doctor or practitioner and follow their guidance. Use a wound healing cream to prevent infection, don’t pop the blister, keep the area moist and avoid direct sunlight.

Chichi Ogwe

Chichi is a freelance beauty writer from London. She runs her own beauty blog, Chichi Writes Beauty, which is all about her passion: makeup. Clearly, she’s crazy for cosmetics! In her spare time, Chichi likes to read, listen to music, go for walks, dine out with friends, watch YouTube videos and binge-watch reality TV shows.

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Chichi Ogwe

Chichi is a freelance beauty writer from London. She runs her own beauty blog, Chichi Writes Beauty, which is all about her passion: makeup. Clearly, she’s crazy for cosmetics! In her spare time, Chichi likes to read, listen to music, go for walks, dine out with friends, watch YouTube videos and binge-watch reality TV shows.