Pulsed light and laser hair removal: care and precautions

There are many myths surrounding hair removal and sun exposure, which often make us reconsider whether or not to start during the summer sessions. Although the methods are different, the behavior with respect to UV rays is the same, and varies only when the type of skin that have and the intensity of light received at each session.

Before disclosing the pre and post hair removal requirements, it is also important to understand what are the differences between each type of hair removal.

Different skins, different methods of hair removal

Each person is different in terms of the number of sessions you need and the results, but they are also different systems to eliminate hair.

The laser (Light Amplified by Stimulated Emission of Radiation): a beam of light that penetrates the skin. The laser equipment works by emitting a pure light of a single color, in which all of the photons that comprise the light traveling at the same wavelength and traveling in a straight line. This light is absorbed more accurately by a particular color (black hair) because it is pure. This will protect the surrounding tissue and affects only the color that will grab the laser (melanin).

A few people find it painful and therefore require a local anesthetic cream.

There are different types of laser, which differ by its wavelength (Alexandrite Laser: 755nm or diode laser 800 nm).

Intense pulsed light:

Also called IPL, is a mixed light flash composed of many types of photons traveling multiple wavelengths and move in all directions. It is less accurate but also very versatile thanks to the amount of light that can be used.

It is not painful and only gives a little warmth in the area. Use computers that have a wavelength ranging from 500 nm to 1100 nm, so that burn black hairs but some also clearer.

The laser equipment works by emitting a pure light of a single color

It is common to decide which method to follow is the patient herself, when in fact it is best that a professional aesthetic medicine guide us on which is most suitable for your skin type given, the hair, the amount , sessions, hair thickness, sensitivity to treatment, duration, etc.. Only professionals know that is most convenient to save time and money in effective hair removal.

Sun care before and after waxing

One of the biggest problems that can arise is the kind of color that has the patient’s skin. If product is very dark tan, laser or pulsed light will not be as effective because the important thing here is that black hair looks good in contrast to the skin.

So two weeks before a laser hair removal should not sunbathe or shop the tanning bed or use self-tanners.

We should not discolor the hair (or allowed to fade with the sun), because it does not absorb the light and not be shaved.

In short, we must let the skin rest and not the red or very dark for more effective treatment.

Therefore, the best time to start is usually the winter when there are fewer restrictions.

Intense pulsed light is a mixed light flash composed of many types of photons traveling multiple wavelengths

Once the session is recommended not sunbathe or use a tanning bed for fifteen days (only for non-tanned skins). If the skin was tanned sun can take from 5 days after making the session.

In any case you should always use high factor sunscreen to prevent spots or redness and irritation. Especially in sensitive areas like the face.

Often light treatment some skin irritation if it has been intense and in those cases the skin is very sensitive to UV rays but also products cosmetics (perfumes, deodorants)

The sun is not a determining factor for hair removal, but you have to pay attention to and how to control their excess for all the treatment is effective. In summer we can tanning and plucking, only with much more care. All this also applies to the skin of man and woman.