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Common side effects after hair removal

Erythema (redness) – natural skin reaction to heat exposure.

Follicular edema – swelling of hair follicles is a natural result of hair removal treatment. In most cases, this reaction appears a few minutes after treatment and can last for 5 days to a week. The reaction can cause itching and discomfort. In such cases, it is recommended to apply a soothing cream or, in cases of itching and discomfort, hydrocortisone 1% can be applied to the treatment area. This is more common when there are dense, strong, and active follicles, but with the progression of treatment, the phenomenon diminishes and becomes less common.

The good news => proper technical work was done by the operator, but it is advisable to consider reducing the energy and pulse duration slightly in the next treatment.

Folliculitis: inflammation of the hair follicle. Accumulation of pus/inflammation in the hair follicle area, mainly in areas where shaving is done. The inflammation is characterized by local redness, sometimes accompanied by discharge, itching, and discomfort. It is a bacterial inflammation/infection originating from Staphylococcus aureus.

Here are recommendations for prevention and treatment:

  1. Wash the shaved area.

  2. It is recommended to shave with hair growth.

  3. Change the shaving blade frequently.

  4. Avoid hot tubs, sauna and pools for 24 hours after hair removal treatment.

  5. Apply locally a cream containing an antibiotic – for example, fusidic acid.

Hypopigmentation – white spots resulting from suppression of the melanogenesis process in the epidermis (skin turnover), not destruction of melanocytes. This condition is more common in darker skin tones.

             Here are recommendations for prevention and treatment:

  • Use sunscreen appropriate for dark skin tones.

  • You can expose yourself to the sun in the morning

         (about 10 minutes during non-dangerous hours like early morning or late afternoon).

Superficial burn – mild burn on the outer layer of the skin (epidermis).

It usually manifests as skin redness, swelling, and burning sensation. The pain from this burn usually subsides within a few days, and there is usually no scar or mark left from the burn.

Here are recommendations for prevention and treatment:

  1. When a burn occurs, stop treatment immediately. Cool the burn area with cold water compresses for about 15 minutes.

  2. Apply a soothing cream and continue applying it every two hours until the area is calmed.

  3. Do not wash the area with hot water or expose it to the sun for 72 hours.

Post Inflammatory Hypo/Hyperpigmentation – PIH

Hypopigmentation resulting from deep skin trauma (deep burn), usually not reversible. Hyperpigmentation (depending on skin color and other factors) is often caused by burns.

In this case, it is recommended to treat the burn promptly with topical antibiotics + steroids to try to prevent scarring/PIH spots.

It is also recommended to use a silicone-based UV clear gel to prevent and treat scars in sun-exposed areas. Recommended usage: twice a day for a period of two to three months (depending on the condition).

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