What is laser hair removal?
Laser hair removal is one of the most popular procedures done in the U.S. It basically involves a highly concentrated light that targets the hair follicles. As the light reaches the hair, it is absorbed by the pigment in the follicles. This transfer of heat through the hair permanently destroys it, relieving you from unwanted hair growth.
How does hair growth affect acne?
Acne is triggered by various factors: oily skin, acne bacterium, ingrown hairs, and other reasons. If you have thick and dense hair on your face, chances are oil and bacteria get trapped between them, becoming resistant to cleaning agents such as cleansers and face washes. When bacteria continues to accumulate, it can lead to acne breakouts.
Another factor that is a likely cause of acne is oily skin. Hairy body areas shield the oil on the skin, making it difficult for cleaning agents to reach them. This can trigger acne breakouts in some cases.
People who have excess facial hair often use traditional methods such as tweezing, shaving, waxing, etc., to get rid of unwanted hair.
When hair is removed from the follicle, it leaves a small opening behind on the skin’s surface, which remains open for a few hours after hair removal. During this time, the skin is vulnerable and susceptible to bacteria and irritants. This is why many people suffer from breakouts a few days after traditional hair removal treatments.
Regular shaving and waxing means more chances of breakout each time.
How can laser hair removal help acne?
Laser hair removal is not a direct acne treatment, but it can help in some cases with acne.
Since laser hair removal guarantees the permanent removal of hair after a few sessions, it reduces the chances of acne caused by excess facial hair.
When your skin is free of extra hair, you can cleanse it thoroughly and remove all residue of oil, dirt, and bacteria. In addition, any serums and creams that you use penetrate your skin better, delivering maximum skin-enhancing benefits.
Laser treatment is the best way to get rid of unwanted hair growth permanently. With all the excess hair removed, you no longer need to worry about acne caused by ingrown hair or traditional hair removal methods.
If you suffer from acne, opting for laser treatment is better than using chemicals such as benzoyl peroxide to heal them over time.
Does laser treatment make acne worse?
Initially, laser treatment may make your acne worse, but that changes after 2-3 sessions.
You may experience acne following your first laser treatment session if your hair is thick and coarse. However, following the guidelines given by the doctor can alleviate any skin conditions quickly.
After 2-3 sessions of laser treatment, your hair will become finer, lighter, and also grow at a much slower rate. Your skin will be able to heal quickly from the laser’s heat and be less prone to acne breakouts.