If you're wondering, "Can I shower after laser hair removal?" - the short answer is yes, but with some precautions.
Taking care of your skin after laser treatment is just as important as before the procedure. And showering is an important step in helping the skin stay healthy as the unwanted hair is shed from its follicle.
It's best to wait a short period of time after treatment rather than showering immediately. In the rare occurrence that the laser for hair removal causes swelling or skin irritation, a hot shower will only draw more blood to the surface of the skin, adding to the discomfort.
A couple hours later, it's usually fine to shower with soap and other skin and hair products. Avoid rubbing or abrading the area to prevent chafing the skin which will only slow the hair-shedding process. Even though you may be anxious to see results, it typically takes a few days for the hair follicle to release the root.
In the mean time, use a good moisturizer to help keep the skin healthy and breathing properly during the recovery.
Don't use harsh soaps that may irritate skin pores and hair follicles. In addition, some people who have very active sweat glands may need to swab the underarm area with rubbing alcohol to avoid infection.
Not all hair follicles will be 'zapped' after each laser treatment. But for the ones that are dead, the hair growth will stop and the shaft will be shed without pain over the next few weeks.
You can help the shedding process by gently scrubbing with a wash cloth, or a loofah or bath sponge to help loosen the shaft and root from the pore. Strands that have some resistance still have a living root and will be deadened on the next round of treatment.
It may take two or three weeks after laser hair removal for the dead hair to drop from the skin. After the hair has been expelled, the follicle may continue to exfoliate the deadened cells. You may notice darkened pores on your skin but these will disappear with time.
If you notice that you are not shedding hairs in the shower, this may indicate that the laser settings were too low and the hair follicle wasn't destroyed. Talk to your clinician about modifying the laser settings for subsequent treatments.
During the initial consultation, ask the clinician how soon can I shower after laser hair removal? Getting a clear understanding of the best grooming practices will help achieve the best results from the treatment.